American Riveria 07

Trip Start Jan 19, 2007
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Trip End Mar 06, 2007


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Thursday, January 18, 2007

TAKE OFF
You would think that after traveling for the past year we would be able to get up and out of a place fairly quickly, but once again we were waiting and than hurrying to make it out before traffic got too bad.

So we packed the Honda to its limits we might of got a little excited that we didn't have to carry all the stuff on our backs, and headed out to our first stop of Santa Barbara.

The drive up was beautiful from the rare ocean glimpse traveling the 134 through Glendale to the perfect sunset on the water arriving in Santa Barbara. Using are new GPS unit we pulled straight away into the Sandman Hotel on very deep State Street, unloaded the car and headed for a nice dinner downtown.

HISTORIC BUILDINGS

Our first real day of sightseeing was focused on the many historic buildings of Santa Barbara starting off with the Courthouse. We were lucky enough to get a two hour private tour (the beauty of traveling in the off season) of the courthouse with great explanation of the architecture, history, and current use. It truly was one of our best tours of a building in the past year.

From there we headed to the Santa Barbara mission to take in the self guided tour and to mark the first California Mission of the trip. It was lovely but you always forget, especially after being through Europe, how small the Missions were/are.

HARBOR VIEWS

It continued to be a beautiful day both in weather and scenery as we scrolled along the harbor and took are time enjoying Santa Barbara from the ocean. We finished off our day with a bottle of wine on the Sterns Wharf and Moby Dicks before going home and enjoying another bottle of South African wine and some See's Candy.



LAZY WEEKEND
The strangest part of living like a retired person is growing to hate the weekends. Now I know it sounds stupid but after enjoying the quiet of the weekdays its hard to handle the crowds and everything that come with them on the weekends. So we kept it pretty mellow over the weekend, but did watch the playoffs, met some great people wine tasting, bought some art, and went to an amazing little church.

SUMMED UP
Santa Barbara lived up to its billing as the American Riverawith beautiful weather, architecture, food and wine. And we would highly recommend going in the off season when you can fully enjoy all that Santa Barbara has to offer.
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