“I find myself becoming greedy. Greedy for new experiences, new sights and cities. I’ve become an addict for adventure, and I’m afraid there is no cure.” -C.M.T.
I finally made it to California. I’ve lived on the west coast for two and a half years and never made the trek south to CA. The state is a little intimidating, to be honest. There’s so much packed in to one place! I’m glad I didn’t have to plan my first California trip, because I would have had no idea where to start.
My dad was going to have some time off work, and he’d be staying in Santa Barbara. So why not fly down for a little family reunion? It had been just over a year since I saw him last, so I wasn’t going to pass that up. So I flew (very early) from Seattle to Santa Barbara.
I landed around noon in the most boujee airport I’ve ever been to. My dad picked me up and we were off to begin my adventure. We ended up at Mesa Cafe and I had the best omelette of my life. I downed a mimosa too – I needed all the help I could get. I had been awake since 6:00 am the day before. I worked all day, went out to a casino for my friend’s birthday, and went straight to the airport. And for some reason, I can never fall asleep on planes. But anyways…
We (my dad and his girlfriend) checked into Hotel Milo, which is right on the beach. I was amazed by this property! Hospitality is my thing, so I pay attention to every little detail.
How cute is this place??? They had wine tastings in the evening, and you could drink your wine around a fire. This property is pet friendly, and there were dogs everywhere. My own personal heaven.
We settled in and walked down the street to Stearns Wharf to catch the sunset. I thought I had seen some pretty great sunsets before, but nothing compares to a California sunset. I was blown away. I didn’t get any pictures of the sky turning the beautiful pinks and purples, so you’ll have to imagine it for yourself. We stopped at Longboards Grill and I had some damn good fish tacos.
The next day I woke up super early (I passed out around 8:30 pm…) to have the Hotel Milo breakfast. There was a decent selection of foods – and they had a pancake maker. After breakfast, we borrowed bikes from the hotel and headed out to explore. We biked around five miles, and though my legs STILL hurt, it was so worth it.
We found a tiny Mexican restaurant and I ate some incredible carne asada tacos. If you know me at all, you know my true love is a taco. Look at these babies.
Later that evening, my dad, his girlfriend (who lives in Santa Monica and was an amazing tour guide), and I walked to State Street to shop a little. I bought the California Uniform (a pair of Vans) and then we went to the Santa Barbara County Courthouse.
This building was GORGEOUS. I love architecture and history; this place made my little heart so happy. And the VIEWS….
That night my dad and I accidentally ended up at a brewery. Funny how that always happens…. We went to Lama Dog and it was such a fun place. I drank something that tasted and smelled like black licorice, but I don’t remember the name. Yes, I’m one of those weirdos who likes black licorice. We drank, we talked, and we had a great time. A few hours later we were back in the hotel room with Pedialyte, applesauce, and a huge pizza.
The next day we went beach hopping. My dad’s girlfriend showed me Butterfly Beach and Santa Claus Beach. This state is beautiful. The whole time we were walking the beaches I had to make sure what I was seeing was real and not a postcard.
My dad and I went to Knapp’s Castle to catch the sunset. The drive up the mountains was very, in my dad’s words, unique. Crazy turns and dropoffs. We got there, and again, I was absolutely amazed. I’ll let these pictures do the talking.
It was during that sunset, looking out over the mountains, that I realized I am happy. I’m going through a lot in my personal life right now, and the old me would have let it ruin me and I’d play victim. I’m stronger and more resilient than I ever knew, and I love the new me. I’ll always be transforming and changing, but compared to the Heaven y’all knew three months ago….I’m a completely different person.
I loved California. So much that I can’t stop thinking about moving there. We’ll see where that thought takes me.
Next week I’ll be on vacation again! I’m taking a friend to New York; he’s never been. I love showing people places and things that I enjoy, and I’m excited to show him everything. I’m also INSANELY excited for this Cirez D b2b Adam Beyer set in Brooklyn.
Happy Thanksgiving! This year I’m thankful for the beautiful souls around me. I would not be has happy and thriving as I am without all of you. My family and friends give me the encouragement to carry on and keep pushing through everything life throws at me. Without this support system, I’d be a wreck.
And tacos. I am always thankful for tacos.
On to the next one.
Until next time,