|The building on the right is the old East Beach Bath House,|
now housing the East Beach Grill
where you can eat and enjoy the beach simultaneously.
Recently we spent a few days in Santa Barbara staying in a sweet beach cottage, just a block off East Beach. Our days focused on the beach. We walked every morning to the East, then in the evening to the West. When the low tide allowed us to walk all the way to Butterfly Beach, which is the beach in front of the old Biltmore Hotel, we were honored to watch an "impermanence" artist at work: an artist who creates beautiful designs on the beach where he knows the channel waters will rise with high tide and erase his creations. I was awe struck by this creative man openingly demonstrating such ease with "being in the present," "letting go" and embracing impermanence. When I asked him if he did different designs or the same, he answered, "different but I am limited by my imagination."
And another opportunity to capture the beauty of the sandstone cliffs. The shore birds are not as plentiful during the Spring and Summer as in the Winter; however, we were presented with a few of these awesome creatures.
|Marbled godwits finding breakfast in the freshly surf washed sand.|
Visting Santa Barbara is filled with glorious experience with food: buying wonderfully fresh, tasty organic produce at the Saturday morning Farmer's Market and the Tuesday evening Farmer's Market right on State Street in the 500-600 blocks, then preparing tasty meals in the kitchen of our East Beach cottage; partaking of mouth watering Mexican meals at La Super Rica, and enjoying a celebratory birthday dinner at Toma (new in Santa Barbara since our last visit and voted #1 on TripAdvisor Santa Barbara). Additionally what a wonderful culinary foray as I relaxed in the warm sunshine reading The Nourished KItchen: Farm-to-Table: Recipes for the Traditional Foods Lifestyle by Jennifer McGruther, a birthday gift from Dwight's daughter, Katie. More of this book In a future post.
And may you