10/23/2010 – We’re not in Oregon anymore, Toto

I almost hesitate to write this because our friends Jay & Judy on s/v Wind Raven are currently stuck in Charleston, Oregon waiting for a favorable weather window to make their escape. I checked the NOAA sites and it looks downright stormy up there. But, maybe this will keep them enthused about getting out of there.

It was an absolutely gorgeous day here in Santa Barbara today. The temperature was in the mid-70s, the sky was mostly clear, except for the always-seem-to-be-present clouds over the top of the Santa Ynez Mountains. It being Saturday, the streets were filled with lots of beautifully tanned southern Californians riding bicycles, walking their dogs, eating at sidewalk cafes, or just hanging out. Santa Cruz Island, our probable next destination, was clearly visible across the channel.

One of our missions today was to get some groceries. So, armed with our list, our backpacks, and each clutching a shiny new quarter for the trolley, we headed out. We decided to get off the trolley a little early and walk along State Street. Lulu wanted a new pair of pants to replace the ones that she finally wore out after only 10 years. And I wanted to stop at The Green and Yellow Basket which is a hat store. All along State Street there are lots of interesting little places. Oh, there are the usual suspects: Macy’s, Barnes & Noble, Banana Republic, Border’s, Starbuck’s, Starbuck’s, Starbuck’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, etc. But there are also a lot of small independent places. One is called “The James Joyce” which is apparently an Irish Bar. Seems like there were several Irish bars along State.

At Carrillo Street, we turned left and headed over to Ralph’s Supermarket. This is when we really knew we weren’t in Oregon anymore. And, actually, this may only happen in Santa Barbara. Here’s what passes for a supermarket in downtown SB:


Can you believe that? The architects, Lenvick & Minor, won several awards for it. Matter of fact, I borrowed these photos from their

About sryoder

Steve & Lulu... retired. Had enough of the cold wet dreary fall/winter/spring in the Pacific Northwest. Bought a boat, fixed it up, sold our home and sailed to Mexico in November, 2010. Been here ever since except for occasional forays to the States (summer only, thank you) to visit the kids, parents and siblings. If you're looking for a sailing blog, this is the wrong place. This is a traveling, hunkering in, eating blog. Sailing is just how we get from place to place when we can't walk.
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3 Responses to 10/23/2010 – We’re not in Oregon anymore, Toto

  1. Anonymous says:

    I forget what town near Santa Barbara that does not even have a grocery store. They want the town to be unique and quaint. I guess the people starve. Whatever town it is it is a bedroom community only. Love, Mom

  2. We've never been to California, but it looks beautiful! Great pics! Glad ya'll are having great weather and scenery!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Just now reading this one. Maybe Cody can get some Carharts for Lulu at Bi-Mart and send them to you down the coast a bit. and wanted to tell you that Nick's folks used to make cioppino a lot. It's pretty good stuff! Love, Beverly

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