Santa Barbara is beautiful and I'm fortunate enough to occasionally house/dog sit for some good friends who travel a lot. The house is lovely, quiet, tucked away in a private, gated community on the edge of the Hope Ranch. The dog is George, a bulldog, who has a personality that fills the room and demands attention. He is lovable to a fault while also being a bit stubborn. But your heart melts when you look into those eyes.
Anyway, today I went to the Santa Barbara Botanical Gardens. I highly recommend going. They have revived the meadows and they are in the height of their bloom right now with California and matilija poppies, a wild variety of wildflowers, bunchgrasses, herbs, succulent lupine and many many more. It is a feast for the eyes and a fiesta for the soul. You can click here to learn more and see a short video.
After that, I drove around a bit to refresh my memory of the Mission Santa Barbara and the Santa Barbara Courthouse. They are still exquisite. Today they seemed to be teeming with tourists, to I did not stop. But just driving around a bit is practically meditative. Even a trip to Trader Joe's is fun encountering the locals. I actually met someone I had just seen working at the botanical gardens. Small town feel.
Anyway, tomorrow I start my trek back home to Riverside. Its been time away which I always treasure. I forget sometimes I like to travel. I especially like road trips. And I don't mind doing them alone. That's when a guy can get some deep thinking done and maybe return with a new perspective and things.
Oh, and next time, maybe I will wish you were here. And maybe you will be.