Mobile California

Unfortunately this post about our fantabulous long weekend in California will have to be similar to the Mobile Maui post. This time it’s not because I’m a lazy photo editor, but because we came home to a failing double-backup hard drive system. I’m hoping the resident geek, JK, can fix them since they contain all of our photos. And our videos. And our music. Most of the photos are backed up on flickr, but not the RAW files I haven’t processed yet…including the ones from both our Norway trips this year. Ach. I’m trying not to think about it.

In the meantime, I don’t have enough space on my laptop to process our new RAW files…so here are my cell-phone photos from the trip.

Tahoma! Now THAT'S what I'm talking about

JK spent last week in Anaheim at a conference (his talk is available here in case you’re nerdily inclined), and I flew down to meet him on Thursday. I amused myself by the pool while he finished up his conference duties, and on Friday afternoon we drove up to Santa Barbara. We spent ’04/’05 at UCSB, and this would be my first trip back to the place we used to call home.

Justin and JK through the ruins Santa Ynez views

Our old friend Justin let us stay at his place AND he took us hiking. Good man. He even made sure to take us to the drier, sunnier wine country so we would escape the dreaded marine layer which appeared to have followed us from Seattle. Luckily it had cleared up by the end of the day, so we were able to stockpile lots of vitamin D for winter.

Flower squeezers Holy wowsa, Anacapa rocks!

We also took a boat out to Anacapa Island, part of Channel Islands National Park. Why did we never go here when we lived so close?? It was so pretty that I want to go back for kayaking in spite of all the great white sharks. Maybe.

Arch Rock Isla Vista sunset

An inordinate amount of time was spent eating as we visited several of our favorite vegetarian restaurants in Santa Barbara and Santa Monica. I usually lose weight when I’m on vacation, but it quickly became evident that this was not to happen this time around.

So many places to call home... 9/11 memorial at Pepperdine University

The gorging continued on our flight home since we flew jetBlue. That means BLUE CHIPS, which we can never find in the store anymore (probably a good thing) and which taste even better when you’re cruising above Yosemite during sunset. The perfect ending to an excellent trip.

Love flying jetBlue! Sunset over the Sierra Nevada

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  • Reply Libby September 22, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    Looks like a fun little getaway. Hope you get your hard drive fixed.

  • Reply Ewa September 23, 2011 at 1:37 am

    Santa Barbara is beautiful, I don’t know why I don’t go there more often. It is not such a long drive from San Jose.
    Your cell phone photos are still cool.

  • Reply Kelsie September 23, 2011 at 7:08 am

    I sure hope you’re able to recover all your files from the hard drive! Until then, your cell phone pictures are enjoyable and lovely all on their own. I started to watch JK’s talk (I guess I’m nerdily inclined). Got a few minutes into it and my browser crashed. Sad, it was interesting!

  • Reply Jo September 23, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    I don’t know which is more terrifying, hard drive failure or great white sharks! Hope there’s no lasting injury to your backups.

  • Reply Ingunn September 23, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Woohoo, apparently one of the hard drives survived! Now we’re waiting for a new one to replace the sad hard drive, and then we’ll get a third one to keep in his office.

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