FROM OJAI TO SANTA BARBARA..............
Nothing beats California for flowers. Each time we come here from the AZ desert, I cannot get over all the green.
Gardener that I am....it does set my heart atwitter.
We have not been to this part of California since 1981....early in our marriage.
We stayed in a beautiful little bed and breakfast in the main part of Santa Barbara...it came complete with chocolate on the pillows, a shared bath down the hall and a hot tub in the back yard. We loved every minute of it.
Now......that whole part of town is one giant MALL. If you have been to Horton Plaza in San Diego, you will be able to get the picture here. I am so disappointed that the city planners allowed this to happen...but I guess the city must grow and survive. One way to make that happen is to put in a Nordstrom and a Pottery Barn; and several city blocks of various other stores and restaurants.
The traffic congestion is horrific and you CANNOT find a place to park anywhere. The population has certainly grown since then....now almost 90,000 people.
We ended up parking at the harbor where we met ONE FEATHER. Here is his home......are you ready.....
One love.....says it all......that was his motto. We are all one and obviously......we should love one another. We actually saw quite a number of these hippy vans on our trip through Southern California. The place where you can show up, light up, and drop out. (obviously these are not the right words for the 60's generation...but I was a married lady then with kids.)
He lives in his van and obviously doesn't have the pressure and worry of modern society. He moves around occasionally so the patrol officers don't give him any trouble and of course lives off the small donation you give him for being able to participate in his eccentricities.
I took a few shots of modest homes as we drove around.
These are not the million dollar babies set high on the hill.
This last photo is one I especially love....I hope this is me and my honey in future years to come....(No not cast in bronze) .....Just being alive and enjoying one another's company.