Last week, we all came down with a GI virus. This was on top of the fact that Chris had a resident retreat for a few days, and he had been working long hours. We were all feeling physically and emotionally drained, so we made a decision Friday afternoon to take a trip up the coast. We didn’t even know what the weekend would hold when we left, but we knew we’d be together and find fun things to do.
On Friday, we headed up the PCH and landed in Port Hueneme, near Oxnard, at sunset. We didn’t stop at the Banana Festival in town, but we enjoyed knowing there was a banana festival! We also encountered the California Lemon Festival and California Avacado along our way. It unfortunately didn’t make sense to stop at any of them, but it’s nice to live near so much good produce!
We stayed the night in Carpenteria. Stayed the night is more appropriate to say than slept, as Clara allowed for very little sleep. It was our first hotel stay when she could climb out of her pack ‘n play, and sleeping in our bed didn’t work either. Chris coined the term baby terminator to describe her behavior from about 12-1am. He then learned you could make a baby cage by placing her mattress on the floor, and the pack ‘n play upside down over it. While I’m still uncomfortable with this, it was the only thing that helped her calm down. We eventually got a few hours of sleep. After a quick trip to the beach in the morning, we drove another hour up to Santa Barbara.
In a Santa Barbara, Chris scored bonus points by finding the perfect breakfast spot for us, Backyard Bowls. It is a restaurant that has many different oatmeal and hot quinoa options. It also has smoothies and acai bowls. I can’t really explain the acai bowl, you’ll have to check out their website, but Chris and Clara really enjoyed it. Clara also loved the wooden ball they gave us as so they knew where to deliver the order. I had hot quinoa with cashew milk, raisins, walnuts, strawberries, blueberries, and agave.
We also split a smoothie with peanut butter, banana, apple, yogurt, honey, and milk.
We spent the morning exploring downtown Santa Barbara, and enjoying the beautiful weather. At nap time we drove up the coast some more, and had an early dinner at Upper Crust Trattoria in San Luis Obispo. We enjoyed our BBQ chicken pizza quite a bit! At this point we drove a little further, and spent some time on a beach, but I can ‘t remember the name. It was beautiful though!
Although Chris wanted to make it up to Big Sur, I wasn’t up for that much driving. We decided to stay the night in Santa Maria, and just enjoy the drive back that way. We saw a billboard for Brown Butter Cookie Company in Cayucos, and we had to check it out. The cookies were great, and they gave you ample free samples to decide what to buy. The town is also cute.
We spent Sunday aimless wandering through Santa Barbara again, and made it back home around 3:30. We wanted to check out Abbot Kinney Fest, but parking was too much of a hassle. Instead, we went to the beach. I capped off vacation sunbathing while watching Chris and Clara play in the waves. It was almost the perfect ending. We made an even better ending by going to Sweet Rose Creamery in Brentwood for the first time. I had chocolate in a waffle cone, and Chris enjoyed a cone of salted caramel. They were both good, but I don’t think we were overly impressed. Next time I will have to be more brave, and get one of the unique combinations. Overall though, it was a wonderful weekend with my family!
Here are a few bonus pictures of Clara playing hide and seek in the bed.