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Sunday, August 15, 2010

California Road Trip Day 3: Long Beach, Joseph, and Santa Barbara

On Day 3, Brent and I packed up and headed from Anaheim to Long Beach to meet with my friend from Hawaii, Joseph.

Joseph's apartment in Longbeach

Seal Beach

Joseph drove us around and we got a mini tour of the city. We eventually stopped in Seal Beach and walked around and up the pier. This was Brent's first Pacific Ocean experience!

So good to see Joseph!

Brent and I on the pier


We all got some delicious lunch and coffee at Utopia, a little cafe near Joseph's apartment.

Brent and I enjoying the sun

Of course there are never enough hours in the day, especially when you're on vacation. We had to say goodbye to Joseph after only a few hours. My parents were flying in from New Mexico to join us for part of the roadtrip! We had to drive back to LA and pick them up.

Mom and Dad enjoying the atmosphere at Duke's Restaurant in Waikiki

Thanks to Brent's fancy GPS, he was able to look up restaurants anywhere. As soon as my mother heard that there was a Duke's Restuarant in Malibu, there was no other option for dinner. There is also a Duke's in Waikiki and when I was living there, this was my mother's favorite place for a bite to eat during her visits. The restaurant is named after Duke Kahanamoku, one of the first big wave surfers and "The Father of International Surfing."

Brent looks a little surprised

After dinner we kept on driving from Malibu to Santa Barbara. We were staying in a gorgeous Spanish Inn with lovely flowers everywhere you look! I was so excited about this place

Casa del Mar Inn

It was almost dark when we got there so we decided to get a bottle of wine from the front desk and just enjoy the Inn. There were all the comforts of home....

We had a full kitchen

We were all certainly ready to relax with a delicious Syrah from the Santa Ynez Valley..mmm!!

Up Next: Day 4 will be the short drive from Santa Barbara to Santa Maria. I had been looking forward to this day since the beginning because we would actually have time to look around. We were headed to Foxen Canyon Wine Trail.

Travel Tips:

Want to wear your hair down but didn't have room to pack a hair dryer, straightener, or curler? No problem, you can set your hair at night using pin curls.

This is a great technique that I use all the time to avoid heat damage plus it only takes about 5 minutes once you get the hang of it. All you need are some double pronged clips and a comb. They usually come in packages of about 10 for $5 or so. I use 8-12 depending on how curly or relaxed I want the waves. These are much easier to pack than heavy electronic heated hair devices!

Let your hair air dry until it is just a bit damp and then set:

If you get the double-pronged pins, you won't even notice when you sleep on them, they are very flat and comfortable. When you wake up in the morning, just brush your hair out with a large brush and a few spritzes of hairspray and you should be good to go for the entire day!

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