The Last Four Days

I'm back in Orange County and back to reality.

Sigh.

I thought I'd share with you a little of my vacation today.  If you've been reading here for any length of time, you already know I lived in Santa Barbara once upon a time.  It remains one of my favorite places on earth.  I try to get weekends up there to visit friends whenever I can.  When I visit, it's as if someone pushes a "refresh" button on my soul.  There are no words to describe how renewed I feel after a few days in my old stomping grounds.

The fun began with lunch on Friday.  I went to the Beachside Cafe which is an indoor/outdoor restaurant on Goleta Beach (pronounced go-lee-tuh).  The restaurant sits on the beach right at the base of the Goleta pier.  Goleta is a northern suburb of Santa Barbara.

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It was the most beautiful day imaginable.

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After lunch, I spent the afternoon at El Capitan State Park.  It is, without a doubt, my favorite place to visit in the Santa Barbara vicinity.

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There were dolphins leaping and playing and splashing everywhere I looked.  I can watch them play for hours and never grow tired of it.  

I did a lot of walking and hiking while I was at El Capitan.

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Did I mention, I couldn't have asked for a more beautiful few days?

It was breathtaking.

Each evening I visited some of my favorite Santa Barbara restaurants.  (And yes, I did stay on my low-carb diet during my entire visit – go me!)

One morning I visited the exclusive Bacarra Resort.

I might have seen a very famous musician on the pathway to the beach that morning.  She initially eyed my camera and big lens warily.  When she realized I had no intention of invading her privacy I received a big smile and a warm hello.  I think we found each other refreshing.  I'm sure she's tired of people fawning over her and I'm tired of people requiring fawning.

Later that day, I went shopping in downtown Santa Barbara.

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I found the cutest pair of shoes.  I love all the shops and boutiques on State Street.  It's always fun to spend a few hours walking around downtown.

I also visited the Santa Barbara Zoo while I was in town.  I hadn't been there in years.  It's a small zoo, but I had fun.  The zoo has an ocean view … how many zoos can boast of that?

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They have two new, baby, giraffes.  They were adorable and very curious about their surroundings.

I also spent a few hours at the harbor.

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On Mother's Day I enjoyed a picnic on one of the beaches north of town.

All in all, it was a fantabulous few days. 

I might be back in Orange County now, but my heart is still lingering somewhere up the coast.

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© Twenty Four At Heart

32 Responses to “The Last Four Days”

  1. Judy

    I’ve spent a couple of very happy times at Goleta/Santa Barbara too. It’s a gorgeous area.

  2. Judy

    I’ve spent a couple of very happy times at Goleta/Santa Barbara too. It’s a gorgeous area.

  3. Michelle

    Looks like a fantastic time. And I’m sure you and the musician were both blessed by your passing. 🙂

  4. Michelle

    Looks like a fantastic time. And I’m sure you and the musician were both blessed by your passing. 🙂

  5. Michelle

    …were both blessed by your passing. I mean by your passing BY each other! Oops 😉

  6. Michelle

    …were both blessed by your passing. I mean by your passing BY each other! Oops 😉

  7. Kristan

    Looks like an excellent 4 days. And lol, thanks for pointing out the dolphins. 😛

  8. Kristan

    Looks like an excellent 4 days. And lol, thanks for pointing out the dolphins. 😛

  9. di

    Please share with me what a typical day of ‘low carbs’ consists of.
    Your week-end looks like tons of fun and so relaxing. Great photos, Suzanne!
    Di

  10. di

    Please share with me what a typical day of ‘low carbs’ consists of.
    Your week-end looks like tons of fun and so relaxing. Great photos, Suzanne!
    Di

  11. Jan

    ROFL @ Mo. And Michelle.
    Oh, my – such beautiful scenery and you capture it SO well. And aren’t zoos great places to take photos? Mine go up Thursday.

  12. Jan

    ROFL @ Mo. And Michelle.
    Oh, my – such beautiful scenery and you capture it SO well. And aren’t zoos great places to take photos? Mine go up Thursday.

  13. Kelly

    Beautiful place and beautiful photography! Gorgeous!

  14. Kelly

    Beautiful place and beautiful photography! Gorgeous!

  15. Jenn in Tenn

    Absolutely beautiful! So glad you had such a relaxing time. And, happy belated Mother’s day!

  16. Jenn in Tenn

    Absolutely beautiful! So glad you had such a relaxing time. And, happy belated Mother’s day!

  17. Tami

    A trip to santa barbara has just moved onto my list of MUSTS!

  18. Tami

    A trip to santa barbara has just moved onto my list of MUSTS!

  19. Jack

    I love walking down State Street. Many good memories have been made on that street.

  20. Jack

    I love walking down State Street. Many good memories have been made on that street.

  21. mel

    through your photographs, I have become in love with Santa Barbara.

  22. mel

    through your photographs, I have become in love with Santa Barbara.

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