When my friend, Karen Kersting from New Orleans decided to visit Santa Barbara, I made a vacation out of the trip too. Karen's project managing and design expertise were invaluable when our house in New Orleans flooded. First, I joined her on the Sunset Limited, the Amtrak train that runs from New Orleans to Union Station in Los Angeles. After a short layover in L.A., we took a commuter train to Santa Barbara, where Steve picked us up and we played tourists in our hometown, venturing as far north as Cambria and Hearst Castle. August was the perfect time for a final Summer hoorah. The weather was perfect, hovering between 72 and 80.
|Wednesday, I joined my friend in New Orleans and we rode the Sunset Limited to Santa Barbara.|
|Thursday: On the train, we saw two sunsets.|
|The parade of sunsets continued. Nothing like a sunset or moonrise over the Santa Barbara Harbor.|
|The Santa Barbara Courthouse Gears Up for the movie Cabaret last Friday.|
|Saturday: Let the road trip begin. First stop: wine tasting in the Santa Ynez Valley.|
|Sunday: Poetry reading at the Ojai Valley Arts Center.|
|Emma Trelles and I read to a SRO crowd on Sunday in Ojai.|
In honor of the 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Steve read a poem about New Orleans.
|Sunday: Sunset at the Douglas Preserve.|
|Monday: We toured beautiful Cambria and Hearst Castle.|
|Tuesday: Look closely and notice the elephant seals.|
|Tuesday: We took a quick trip to the Santa Barbara Zoo.|
|We take a different train trip, this one tours the Santa Barbara Zoo.|
|Wednesday: The last breakfast at East Beach Grill in Santa Barbara.|
|The Last Stop: Karen takes the Sunset Limited back to New Orleans.|
She returns to her job as wonder designer and over all super project manager at Alane Designs.