Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Well, hello, Santa Barbara!

To celebrate the Fourth of July weekend -- and a few days off -- the three of us drove up to Santa Barbara for the day for a little R&R.

We hit the usual haunts -- State Street, Rusty's Pizza, The Andersens, the beach -- and we had such a wonderful, relaxing time. It's nice to get out of Los Angeles once in a while and just sit in the soft sand and watch as your preschooler tries to douse her father with ocean water.

Plus, the drive isn't too bad, if you avoid traffic. We decided to go on the 3rd, rather than the 4th, and made it up there in about 2 hours.

The weather was a bit overcast, which was nice -- not scorchingly hot -- and we spent most of the day walking, shopping and playing in the water.

Next time, though, I'm hoping to rent one of these great bikes (above). Santa Barbara is such a pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly town that riding one of these is a must-do.

Hope you and your family/friends had a wonderful weekend!

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