A Beautiful End to a Beautiful Day
The weather was perfect for travel today. The sky was clear and bright. We made good time except for the gas line at Costco in San Luis Obispo. It was hard to pass all those gorgeous beaches like Avila and Pismo, but we didn't have time to stop at any of them. We made our usual rest stop at Trader Joe's in Santa Maria. Then it was a straight shot to Santa Barbara.
Our agent, and everyone else in her office, are in mourning. Their office manager dropped dead last week quite unexpectedly and no one can really believe it yet. It's amazing they can function at all. Yet Donna was there and tending to details today, willing to accommodate our schedule. She's been a great agent and we'd definitely deal with her again.
I think all of us were only half there when we signed a stack of paper you wouldn't believe. She went over every one with us to make sure we checked the right boxes and knew what we were signing. I think we were all almost brain dead when we finished. Then Kosta and I drove a few blocks to the park I wanted to visit, Alice Keck Park. It had beautiful gardens and a large pond with ducks and turtles. Many of the trees were in bloom. I took about two hundred photos. I will only share one now to give you a bit of the spirit of the place. This is Kosta on a garden path.
We opted to have a snack in the park so we could spend more time there instead of going out to eat. I had brought some fruit and yogurt, so we sat there and just enjoyed the serentity while we ate. It beat the atmosphere of most restarants we can afford. Then we started home.
When we reached Highway 154 the sun was just beginning to set. The top photo shows one shot of it. Below is another.
The one I like best as a photo is not so much about the sunset as the lake. It is really hard to see Cachuma Lake from the road, now that so much of it has disappeared from the drought. As we were coming down the hill, though, we could see part of the lake way off in the distance. I hope you are also able to see it.
I took the last shot after we passed the roundabout and were close to the Chumash Reservation. Kosta stopped at the side of the road so I could tell the sun goodnight with my camera. All the other photos were taken through the windshield of the moving car. It seems it wanted to shake every time I clicked. I wanted one of the sunset not taken through the dirty window.
We finally got home about 9:30. For some reason I'm tired. I think there is something very relaxing about nature, and I will probably sleep well tonight.
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