When we first moved to CA we heard that Santa Barbara was a great to place to visit, vacation and that seniors retired here. We opted to transfer to SB before we reached retirement age.
So we have enjoyed that long "staycation" since 1966, while working and rearing a family. And the closeness to the Santa Ynez Valley and its quaintness gave us such a delightful menu of places to bring out of town guests to show off more of our area..
I remember our very first jaunt up the hill . We left cool Santa Barbara and soon found ourselves in heat over 100 degrees , and yet sometimes, we can look up from SB after a rain and see snow. What a fantastic place. Plus we have the ocean and island views.
How often we are immune to the beauty around us, but it is there if we take the time to enjoy it.
Loved the pics. .Our new chosen staycation in Baja is very similar.and we have ponies and an ostrich. Thanks for sharing.