I'm back in Orange County and back to reality.
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.
It was the most beautiful day imaginable.
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.
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.
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.
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?
I also spent a few hours at the harbor.
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.