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.

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Marvelous Mud Puddle Play in Ojai CA- it finally rained

Last weekend it wasn’t just the farmers in Ojai dancing with delight over the long anticipated and badly needed rain.  When the downpours finally arrived (though still not nearly enough to quench the lengthy drought) it made many happy.  These kids are gleefully playing in a puddle in the heart of the farmer’s market.  Not all the kids got that permission as you’ll see but these two were obviously pleased with their good fortune.

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