Friday, July 25, 2008

Leaving Santa Barbara

...which doesn't sound as cool as Leaving Las Vegas, but does not have the concomitant angst, either, so it's all good. I've taken a few days getting settled back at home before taking up blogging again, but I really am trying to get back on an at least semi-weekly blogging schedule. As always, we'll see.

Saturday was the last day of the workshop so that evening a bunch of us took a long walk on the beach during which time I took tons more pictures of the ocean, which look remarkably like the pictures of the ocean that I have already posted, so I won't bore you. Suffice it to say it was gorgeous! We walked up to a bar on a pier and had a farewell beer together.

I don't know why it came out all wonky like that. I am not a picture-taking goddess.

On Sunday, my flight did not leave until almost 10 pm, so I had the day to myself to walk around Santa Barbara. Before I struck out on my own, Becca, Kasper and I investigated the largest Moreton Bay Fig tree in North America. That's what those cool trees on campus were! (Yes, Adam, it's a type of Banyan!)

Then I started strolling down State Street, the main drag of the town. I went to the Art Museum (Sunday is free day!!).

They were featuring a great exhibition of Hollywood photography from the first half of the 20th century. Some of those old photos are just amazing. Current photography doesn't seen to hold a candle to it. Alas, I could not take photos inside the museum.

I found a cute little plaza-like area -- an alley with shopfronts more-like. It's called La Arcada and it's cute as a button.

There is some great public art:

And part of it was apparently once a church:

After walking some more, I treated myself to a wonderful last meal on the west coast. I found a charming Danish bistro/bakery called Andersen's. I mean, c'mon, they had a harpist!!

The special that day was crab cakes benedict. I said, "Yes!" Oh, and they had Chimay!!

And it came with a "surprise" dessert! This was the surprise. Yummy!!!

Thus ended my trip to Santa Barbara. Then I flew all night (with two layovers!) and it sucked and I came home and my luggage didn't make it, but luckily it came late Monday night and I slept all day and then I went back to work on Tuesday. All that is not nearly so blog-able. Plus, I was tired and cranky the whole time. You don't want to hear about that.

So now I'm getting back into the groove and there will be knitting/crochet content again soon! Plus, stash enhancement! w00t!!! Now you'll come back, I know it! ;)



YarnThrower said...

My mouth is watering just looking at that dessert!

Your trip sounds so nice!

Becky said...

That is one cool tree. Makes me want to go out and find one to climb.

jmk said...

Wow! I missed so much! You go from posting about being a crap blogger to blogging your (little blue) socks off. I love all your pictures - it looks like you had a wonderful time. I promise to "visit" more often. :-)

Sue said...

Lovely pics! Isn't SB just gorgeous? And delicious?

Ingrid said...

UCSB was where I got my PhD so your photos were a walk down memory lane except the lifesciences building has arrived since I last visited. I was in web hall. Also to truely experience the outdoor corridors you need torrential rain, for they have no gutters either ;p