Tuesday, January 14, 2014

V.A.C.A.T.I.O.N 3 and 4

Day 3:  We headed out of Arizona early in the morning and hit the road to sunny California!

Our first stop in California required a switch of shoes...flip flops on!
 For lunch we stopped at a California Classic: In-N-Out Burger.  
Their burgers and fries are so fresh and amazing!
This place is a must-try if you're visiting California or Arizona!
 We drove for what felt like forever and saw just about every kind of scenery.
This mountain pass was the last leg of the journey to Santa Barbara.
Unfortunately, the sun set at 5:00 pm, so it was dark for our drive along the coast.
 After we got the camper parked, we decided to take the 1-mile long walk down to the ocean.  The ocean was actually just a few blocks away, but we had to walk through a neighborhood to an area where we could cross under the interstate to get to the beach.
Along the way, we came across this incredibly shocking display of Christmas lights!
Even though it was dark, we all enjoyed hearing the crashing waves and smelling the fresh ocean breeze!

Day 4:
The next morning it was fun to see the little retro Santa Barbara Sunrise RV Park Office in the daylight--a little building right out of the 50's!  Palm trees make everything a little prettier, too!
These beautiful flowers were the view right out the door of the camper.
I love flowers in the winter!
All of the people we met in the RV Park were super friendly!
One young couple was traveling the Coast in their awesome VW Van.  Seriously, if we ever moved to CA, that would be the fun vehicle to have!
They recommended the Santa Barbara Farmer's Market.
We walked a couple of miles weaving in and out of neighborhoods and industrial areas to get to the downtown area. (It felt a little shady at times, but we made it!)
This Farmer's Market did not disappoint!
 The fresh produce was so colorful!  We got to try so many fun fruits and vegetables, too!
 The big, sweet chunks of oranges and other citrus fruits were our favorites!
 We bought a fruit that was a cross between a pear, a banana, and something else...not the best!
However, these honey sticks were delicious!
 The flowers were so brightly colored and beautiful!
 Cloe could fit right in out here!
 These rainbow carrots were so good!  We bought a big bunch of them and disappeared quickly! 
 These almonds were amazing!  The spicy ginger ones were my favorite!
At the farmer's market, we also met a lady who made her own essential oils!  My mom and I purchased her lavender and tangerine--amazing! 
We spent a little time on the main shopping street and then headed to the pier.  
Cloe had her picture taken by these dolphins when she was 2 months old!
She is much happier in this picture!
 Mac embraced his inner California Dude personality with his sweet shades.
Carson was hangin loose on the beach!
 There is *nothing* better than walking barefoot on the beach!
 The water was pretty mild.  I wouldn't have wanted to go for a long swim, but it wasn't too bad!
 Cloe was the #1 seashell collector!
 This is my favorite scene: my family on the beach!  (Poor Maddox!  He really is a part of the family, but he fell asleep in the stroller!)
 They were so tired of smiling nicely, so we let them come up with their own poses!
(Maddox is still sleeping!)
We all walked back to the RV Park and enjoyed our spiral ham that we'd left in the crock pot for the day!
Then Cody and I quickly ran back down to the beach to catch the sunset.
 The extra miles of walking were totally worth it!

 We had one last treat for the day: Kombucha!
Tri-County Produce was the coolest open front farmer's market-like grocery store.
What a sweet view from your grocery store, too!
Traveling by foot earned us 13 miles for that day!