The West Coast Vibe

A Family Reunion on the bluffs at University of California, Santa Barbara.
A  family reunion on the bluffs above the beach at University of California, Santa Barbara.

I’m pickin’ up good vibrations.  The west coast tribe has a laid-back vibe.  At least this is what I picked up from my weekend by the ocean.

We visited our kids in Santa Barbara this weekend and experienced some of the coastal charisma.  From the beach to the wharf to the art exhibit on the waterfront, there was a relaxed groove going on here.  Nobody seemed stressed, hurried, or impatient.  Even the kids at the skate park seemed nonchalant, quietly waiting their turn for the next flip and grind.Santa Barbara beach biker/skater trail.

Santa Barbara beach biker/skater trail.
Santa Barbara has a top notch skate park that also accommodates bikers.
Santa Barbara has a first class skate park that also accommodates stunt bikers.
Sand volleyball is popular on the wide sandy beaches of Santa Barbara.
Sand volleyball is popular on the wide sandy beaches of Santa Barbara.
The Wharf is a popular attraction on the waterfront at Santa Barbara.
Stearn’s Wharf is a regular destination for diners out on the waterfront at Santa Barbara.
Wendi is a member of the local artists guild and spends her Sundays exhibiting at the waterfront park.
Wendi is a member of the local artists guild and spends her Sundays exhibiting at the waterfront park along the beach.
Downtown Santa Barbara is beautiful at night.
The downtown outdoor mall sparkles at night with shops, theaters and eateries.

A sailboat leaves the harbor and heads out to sea.

After a rough day of skaterboarding Rusty's Pizza Parlor is the spot for skaters from all over (two Swedes and a Canadian in this photo).
After a rough day of skateboarding, Rusty’s Pizza Parlor is the rendezvous for skaters from near and far (two Swedes and a Canadian in this photo).

On our first visit we didn’t have time to visit any of the historical sites like the famous old Mission, so I guess we’ll have to return.  Our mail is being forwarded to our kids’ place at the University of California – Santa Barbara, so we’ll need to get back there every few weeks anyway

Wendi's oil painting of the famous Santa Barbara Mission is part of her collection for sale on the waterfront.
Wendi’s original oil painting of the famous Santa Barbara Mission is part of her collection for sale on the waterfront every Sunday afternoon.

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