Okay, here is my catch-up trip-within-a-trip post. I'm afraid I won't be rambling on about the highlights of each day as I have for trips in the past--all I have to do is think about Cambria, or coming into Monterey and going to the wrong Super 8, and I feel that vertigo-induced nausea all over again.
So here is a link to the photos I've uploaded.
And I'll sum it up with a list of things I enjoyed; the first two days were wonderful, after all!
*It was a real treat to take a trip that brought me back to two of my five favorite towns I've ever been to: Solvang and Carmel-by-the-sea. Loved it!
*It was a blessing to be graced with both a wonderful sunrise from Butterfly Beach in Montecito, and a fantastic sunset from the harbor in downtown Santa Barbara--and both in the same day!
*Great food in Solvang, and State Street in Santa Barbara (and Pacific Grove as well, but at that point my stomach was beyond enjoying anything--at least my mom savored my leftovers!)
*Great shopping all around: Solvang, State Street, Carmel.
*Neat tours of the Santa Barbara Mission, and the Santa Barbara Courthouse.
*Getting to see an olive tree in Solvang dropping black olives all over the sidewalk...olives have been on my brain with book 5 writing...and so has the ocean, it's always a treat to see a great deal of the sea as well.
That makes sense, I've seen local-grown almonds for sale down there, though I prefer walnuts and pecans. There's so many orchards of every kind (not to mention vineyards) in the central valley area and near parts of the coast, it's just insane.
Mostly better now, thanks! Eyes are a whole lot stronger than on Thursday, that's for sure. =)