Started our morning off by grabbing our coffee + breakfast to go from Pedaler’s Fork in Calabasas. We love this place & used to go here often when both Aaron & I were traveling to CA for work.
We were eager to get on the road & spend as much time as we could in Santa Barbara. It was really fun cruising up the coast seeing all of the different little towns & cities we had never been to before!
Once we made it to Santa Barbara, we wanted to check out the downtown area. State Street is a lovely boulevard with local shops on the northeast end. We browsed around, grabbed a juice at Pressed Juicery & found ourselves craving more sand + surf than shopping (as usual)!
We headed to Hendry’s Beach, a great local beach with good parking. It bumps up against large cliffs on either side, supporting lavish beach homes with a captivating view. The go-go-go nature of the trip had finally caught onto both of us, we laid down with no intention of getting into the waves. We just listened to the crash of the surf, and talked about the trip–laughing while comparing our ‘funniest moments of the trip’ and nodding while sharing our peaks and pits of it.
The coast had mist & fog hanging over it, swallowing up the blue hint of the sky. The sun peaked through here & there, warming our legs and keeping us on the beach for ‘just a bit longer.’ Once we were nearing our departure time, we packed slowly, snapped a few polaroids of the beach we need not forget and headed into the restaurant above.
It was called Boathouse and their food was delicious to the last bite. We ordered the poké (I’m a sucker for Hawaiian poké) and the lobster + truffle mac + cheese– YUM! You could tell it was our last day, despite the tiredness, we were lingering onto each moment, savoring each bite. Vacation does wonders on refreshing our lives and this one in particular certainly hit the reset button for us. I think in part because of the surprise nature of it–also the unknown, the excitement and the gratitude.
We cheersed to the past few days, made plans to have an adventure like this soon and headed back to reality! This trip was certainly one for the books.