I will let the photos relive our trip. It was a trip that will give me the push to get through the next month and a half and know that spring is around the corner.
Leaving the northern landscape.....
The center of Ventura, California and no snow!!
Nothing like the warmth of sand on bare feet.
The mission established in Buenaventura, California in 1782.
Beautiful tile work and wall painting in the town.
Very dry, desert garden which is part of the Botanical Garden they are initiating in Ventura. A lovely hike on a lovely day.
The Moreton Bay Fig tree planted in 1874 in Ventura. It was truly massive.
The boardwalk which is a great place for walking. Surf and sun at it's finest.
A common site in California - the retro van with a surfboard on top.
Huge amount of calories, but oh so good. Nothing quite like a 'Habit' burger.
A very unique way to hide ugly power boxes on city streets.
The real reason for the trip - delicious strawberries in February.
Andrew visited a strawberry farm - acres and acres of beauty.
A great day trip to Santa Barbara, about a half hour north of Ventura.
Built in 1872, Stearn's Wharf, was the longest deep water pier between Los Angeles and San Francisco - it was a relaxing day enjoying the scenery.
The Botanic Garden in Santa Barbara - Andrew was in his element amongst all the plants and rocks.
View from the trail at the Botanic Garden - lots of beautiful homes tucked into the hillside.
Taking a breather on our hike - neat bench made from stone.
A go-to destination - The Cold Spring Tavern. A major effort to find this, but the food was awesome.
After our lunch. Andrew wanted a shot of the interesting roof job.
Our final day in California. Heading towards the Pacific Coast Highway and found our way blocked by this truck. The roads were very twisty with sharp corners. We ended up backtracking and finding another access point to the highway.
Really huge, luxurious looking homes in this valley.
Entryway to the Getty Villa. We toured this estate built by J.Paul Getty who recreated ancient Roman architecture and gardens on his ranch in Malibu.
Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles.
Home again, home again, jiggity-jig.
Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words and I hope that this blog gives you a taste of the wonderful reprieve we had in February. My anticipation is that it is the beginning of joining my husband on more of his business trips and many travel adventures to come.