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: