|Despite our concern about the winds when we awoke, the trip down the coast to Santa Barbara was not a problem. Was so nice to have to put on our sun glasses for a change. In Santa Barbara we went straight to the waterfront walk. We caught the tail end of a 5/10k run but were still able to find a parking spot. The “rig” is such a curiosity that we get so many questions “Do you like it?” and after we say “we love it!” the conversation ensues. One fellow who stopped to talk gave us his day parking pass. Nice!
The day was clear and crisp with everyone out to run, walk or just sit and admire the day after the thunder showers. Walked along the waterfront for an hour just enjoying the sun and people watching. Almost makes you not care about what it costs to live in CA!
On to the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley. Parking is along a wide up hill access road lined with posters of all of the presidents. A shuttle came and within minutes we were on the library campus. The library was just renovated in 2011 and now has 18 galleries primarily focused on Reagan’s patriotic spirit and his support of economic opportunity. (There was very little about his young life` The country obviously responded to his success! Lots of interesting film clips and interactive exhibits (deliver a Presidential Inauguration, plan a state dinner, walk on board Air Force One). Boarded the return shuttle and realized the function of the presidential posters! We did find the “rig”!! Definitely worth a visit if in LA.
Our next stop for 3 nights is with our friend’s the Milmeisters. They had been able to snag 8:30 reservations at The Bazaar by Jose Andres, an elegant Spanish restaurant featuring many tapas-size plates . It was an amazing dining experience unlike we have ever had. The restaurant sprawls with many eclectic lounge areas for dining. The people watching was also amazing….every trendy type of dress imaginable. Unfortunately, we tired of people watching after 40 minutes. Eddie finally “had words” with the manager who miraculously found us a table and arranged for 5 tapas plates to be immediately delivered (probably $50 worth of food!) We ordered 7-8 more dishes, each progressively more creative, beautifully presented and delicious. Did not finish eating until 11:00 but worth it! A must for LA!
And so to bed!