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A Beautiful End to a Beautiful Day

The weather was perfect for 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 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.

I took the photo.

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.

I took the photo.

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 photo.

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.

I took the photo.

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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LynnWrites wrote on September 1, 2014, 3:45 AM

What beautiful photos and it sounds like you had a great day and it ended with a stunning sunset. Can't get any better than that!

suffolkjason wrote on September 1, 2014, 6:24 AM

Great photos- i like the garden path one best- it seems to capture something different.

Feisty56 wrote on September 1, 2014, 8:36 AM

Thanks for sharing your day with us. The photo journal is a perfect way to share. I'm happy to learn the sale of your building is behind you. Now on to bigger and better things.

poddys wrote on September 1, 2014, 9:02 AM

Wow it looks really lovely there. Sounds like a great day out. I love sunsets too.

madhavan_as wrote on September 1, 2014, 9:23 AM

Great and wonderful photographs with good narrative things.

SLGarcia wrote on September 1, 2014, 9:40 AM

Gorgeous pictures! I love the central coast of California and have been there many times. I lived in Santa Maria and Monterrey when I was a baby - many years ago.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on September 1, 2014, 10:13 AM

Beautiful photos, as always. I'm glad the deal went through for you. That's one less thing to worry about.

BarbRad wrote on September 1, 2014, 12:52 PM

It was just what I needed after the last two weeks. I slept like a baby last night.

BarbRad wrote on September 1, 2014, 12:55 PM

I liked that photo, too, but it's totally different than the other photos in the park. Some are individual plants and trees, and here are many of the pond and its wildlife. You will probably see more of them somewhere - perhaps everywhere. I could get a hub out of yesterday.

BarbRad wrote on September 1, 2014, 12:57 PM

The sale isn't over. It's in escrow and there are many inspections which still have to be done. It won't be over until the money is in our hands.

BarbRad wrote on September 1, 2014, 12:57 PM

Once in a while a great day is necessary to preserve sanity.

BarbRad wrote on September 1, 2014, 12:58 PM

Thank you.

BarbRad wrote on September 1, 2014, 1:00 PM

It's too bad you weren't old enough to really get out and see Monterey. It's a beautiful place. I rarely get more than a mile from the freeway in Santa Maria, but there are a lot of vineyards along the freeway now so that section is prettier than it used to be.

BarbRad wrote on September 1, 2014, 1:01 PM

The deal won't be over until it clears escrow. The new closing date is at the end of September. Something could still go wrong. The fat lady has not sung yet.

Feisty56 wrote on September 1, 2014, 3:37 PM

Oops, sorry, I misunderstood.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on September 1, 2014, 4:47 PM

I'll be praying everything goes the way it is supposed to.

Fractal wrote on September 1, 2014, 8:56 PM

The shot of the lake taken with the cars toing and froing is a great pic. It is days like this that makes a trip to anywhere worthwhile.
Shame about the sadness at the agents. Glad all was well with your dealings.

JanetJenson wrote on September 2, 2014, 4:56 AM

What a shock. But the sunset put a blessing on the end of your busy day, and what a beautiful sky it is there.

GemOfAGirl wrote on September 10, 2014, 6:30 PM

Your photos make me miss the Central Coast - it's been years since I was last there. I have a soft spot in my heart for Morrow Bay, emoticon :smile:

BarbRad wrote on September 11, 2014, 2:49 AM

We were blessed with some lovely sunsets on the way home.

BarbRad wrote on September 11, 2014, 2:51 AM

I really enjoyed, the park, too. As we drove away, I saw I'd missed one of the most imaginative playgrounds I've ever seen because it was on yet a different block.

BarbRad wrote on September 11, 2014, 2:52 AM

I also love Morro Bay and wish i had time to get to our coast more often. We visit Cambria most.