Monday, September 21, 2009

Santa Barbara

We spent the weekend at Santa Barbara, re-provisioning and doing a bit of sightseeing. Unfortunately, we happened to time our visit for the "West Beach" music show, which had 2 stages blasting reggae, hip-hop, and other music right at the marina all weekend. I usually like all kinds of music, but with 2 stages, this came across mostly as noise, and high dB noise at that! But SB is a nice place to visit, with a scenic old town, hundreds of restaurants to choose from, decent bike lanes, and one of our favorite activities, a farmers' market.

We also had a visit from my niece's husband's parents, who are the captain and nurse aboard a government missile tracking ship based out of Kwajalein Atoll in the western Pacific. Their ship is having its engines worked on at a nearby Navy port. Nice to know that even large ships have to deal with mechanical issues, not just cruisers!

The farmers' market was one of the largest we have come across on this trip, and was situated in a nice area with lots of shade trees. The aroma of kahili ginger and other exotic flowers wafted through the air, and the produce was a feast for the eyes as well as the palate.
Now we're headed back out to the islands for more snorkeling and wildlife watching. We'll probably be out of Internet range for the next week or so.

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