My Happy Place

I’ve returned from a couple days in Santa Barbara.

Santa Barbara is truly my happy place and it has been for most of my life.

My visit was short, but I really needed the change of scenery.

It can give me such a great boost just to go away for a couple days.

Unfortunately, I encountered extremely bad traffic while driving both to and from Santa Barbara.

It reminded me of why I usually avoid beach towns in the summer.

(I prefer the fall for California beaches!)

I stayed at The Canary Hotel this time.

Sunset from the rooftop deck of The Canary Hotel in Santa Barbara.

The hotel is very nice, and best of all, it’s in a location that allowed me to walk almost everywhere.

Santa Barbara has a lot of one way streets and parking issues.

I really LOVE when I can get around town without a car.

I had the opportunity to enjoy breakfast at my favorite Santa Barbara breakfast spot, Jeannine’s.

I did a little shopping in the State Street stores and boutiques.

One afternoon, I drove to El Capitan State Beach.

I feel nothing but happiness whenever I visit El Capitan State Beach.

El Capitan is one of my favorite places on the planet.

It was crowded with campers and day visitors.

I used my annual California State Park Pass to get in without charge.

Then, based on years of visits, I headed to some areas of the park few people even know exist.

Feeling like the only person on earth!  El Capitan State Beach, Santa Barbara, CA

I also had the opportunity to visit a new-ish area of Santa Barbara, The Funk Zone.

The area used to be primarily warehouses.

Gradually, more and more contemporary businesses have moved in.

Art galleries, boutiques, breweries, wine tasting, restaurants – the area is definitely worth exploring.

Taken on State Street, Santa Barbara, as I walked back from The Funk Zone one evening.

I wish I could have spent more time both in Santa Barbara and El Capitan.

But, I’m really just so glad I was able to visit at all.

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