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Santa Barbara

By Tara Zandra | April 16, 2009


Yesterday our homeschool park group took the Amtrk train up to Santa Barbara. What a wonderful trip it was! The winds were whipping us soundly since they were 20-25mph, but we survived and had a great time.

When we first arrived we went straight to the beach as that was the most important thing to my kids. We stayed around an hour, collecting sea shells, building castles, and having zen moments sitting on the sand listening to the ocean roar.

Eventually the wind was causing the sand to swirl and hit us from all directions regardless if we were keeping our back to the wind so we had to leave. The wind was more tolerable when we didn’t have to deal with all the sand, which got into every crevice of every one of our bags while we were on the beach. Off we went then to a fabulous cafe that has an extensive vegetarian menu. It’s called The Natural Cafe and is attached to a neat little store with alternative type objects like you might expect. Daisy went for the grilled cheese on multi-grain bread with a side of organic blue tortilla chips and salsa; Tabitha chose a veggie stuffed baked potato with tahini-ginger sauce; lastly, I had tempeh tacos with the same chips and salsa as Daisy. Everything we fabulous and we all took bites of eachother’s meals to taste.

We headed up to a shopping center after lunch thinking it might be inside but sadly, it wasn’t. So we looked in a couple shops and then left because it was very much like Fashion Island in Newport Beach which is a step above my price range and there wasn’t anything unique anyway. Instead we peeked into a couple shops on State St. and found a cute little vintage shop with the tag line “A mom and pop store run by a real mom and pop.” But funky vintage would be a better description. The woman there that day (I’m guessing “Mom”) was dressed in rolled up jeans, with a kerchief round her head and she had sleeves (as in tattoos up and down both arms) but she had to be about 45-ish (give or take a couple years) and was very cool looking. There wasn’t anything for me, but Miss Tabitha fell in love with a dress that just happened to be her size. She tried it on and looked adorable and the price was right, especially for vintage, so we snagged it. She was quite thrilled :) I did a little research today on the stamp inside the tag and it seems to be circa 1962 so now Tabitha is even more pleased.

After shopping we walked back to the beach area so the girls could play at a park. It was a pretty cool park and they had a lot of fun for our last hour before we had to catch the train back home.

Notice we didn’t do any of the tourist attractions but we had a great day and I wouldn’t change a thing. We’re definitely planning to return on a few day trips when Chris can go too and we’ll make it a family day.

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4 Responses to “Santa Barbara”

  1. Sandy Says:
    April 17th, 2009 at 5:14 am

    Oh Z, that beach picture literally made me sigh out loud. It’s beautiful..
    If you get a pic of Tabitha in that dress please share, I’d like to see!

  2. Vanessa Says:
    April 17th, 2009 at 11:45 am

    Sounds like a really fun day! I’ve only been to SB once, about 20 years ago (I went to visit the university with a friend who was going there) but I remember it being a very neat town. And a train trip is always exciting. :)

  3. Mel Says:
    April 18th, 2009 at 12:39 am

    What an awesome day. That sounds so totally fun. A mom in our group asked everyone recently if any of us would be up for long day trips like that, going somewhere 2 hours away like down to CO Springs or up in the mountains or wherever. I think we definitely need more adventures like you had except we’ll be missing the beach, of course. LOL

  4. Mandi Says:
    April 18th, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    That sounds like the perfect day!! Can’t wait to see pictures! *hint-hint* LOL