A California Coastal Gem called Carpenteria

Who hasn’t heard of Santa Barbara and Ventura California? But Carpenteria was new to me and I am so glad for the introduction.  It came as a recommendation of a seasoned nomadic adventurer who was considering settling down there.  We spent the night on the side of a downtown street near the Amtrak station and took a morning stroll down to the ocean.DSC_0829

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This is the little town of Carpenteria between Santa Barbara and Ventura just a short ways from LA

Here's the shady spot where we spent the night near a charming train station then strolled up a short way to the beach the next morning.

Here’s the shady spot where we spent the night near a charming train station then strolled up a short way to the beach the next morning.

This is the short photo safari I took while on our stroll.

DSC_0830 DSC_0831 DSC_0832 DSC_0833 DSC_0834 DSC_0835 DSC_0839 DSC_0840 DSC_0841I especially love the interpretive playground where kids can pretend they are Chumash Indians and/or sea dwelling creatures.  It is so well done.  A great little community asset.  The area was delightfully quiet and quaint with a very friendly feel.  For fun loving traveling families looking for simple pleasures this spot is a winner.

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