Making Lemonade

Things were tense. My house guest (a dear friend who also happens to be my ex-boyfriend) had already been staying with me for several days. His plans for the day (to install insulation and drywall at his new house with the much-needed help of some handier friends) had fallen through. No progress was to be made that day. Or the next. Something about a football game. The afternoon stretched out before us. I was not amused. 

How best to salvage what had turned out to be a spectacularly beautiful day? Put the top down on the car and hit the road of course! 

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We left Pasadena on the spur of the moment and headed north on Highway 101 towards Santa Barbara. But we had gotten a late start and were losing light and so we decided instead to stop in the less glamorous but equally lovely seaside town of Ventura.

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I’ve actually always preferred the beach at this time of year. I don’t like summer crowds and, besides, I kind of enjoy bundling up against a bracing, coastal winter wind. Not that layers were necessary this time. It was in fact downright balmy, and we had timed our arrival perfectly, pulling into town well before sunset.

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After a while, we decided to head for the hills…

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…before making our way back for a bite to eat and an after-dinner stroll through historic downtown Ventura.

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It was a perfect day.

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