The Weekenders | Making the Most of a Rainy Day

This was going to be one of those weekends, I thought.  It had rained for most of the day on Friday, so I felt that I would be too lazy to leave the house at all.  Micah arrived on Friday night, and we had planned to get lunch and maybe boba, if it didn’t continue to rain.  

We woke up Saturday morning and it was raining and we started off the day with some breakfast.  We started watching Justice League and I didn’t think we’d stop all day until my mom asked us if we wanted to go for a walk.  She said something about how the ocean looked cool and she wanted to take a quick walk while it had stopped raining.   

So, I broke out the rain boots that had been collecting dust in the corner of my room and went for a walk in the rain with my mom, my auntie and cousin, and my boyfriend.  

My cousin Annie, my mom, and my Auntie as we set out on our walk in the park.  

 

Grey, foamy water seemed high as we walked around the cliff side.  

 

We made sure to take plenty of pictures to document our adventure.  

We weren’t the only ones that were braving the storm – we met a few dog-owners and joggers on the way.  However, I felt weird because we weren’t trying to tire out our dogs or get in our exercise for the day – we just wanted to look at the ocean.  It was supposed to be a short walk and we almost didn’t bring the umbrellas – but it’s good that we did.  It started raining 10 minutes into our walk.     

This gentleman held my umbrella for me :) 

 

Almost home!  

We made it home with soaked jeans and wet shoes.  My mom made hot chocolate and Micah and I watched Justice League while Annie played games on her phone.  

We went out a couple more times for food, including the best boba in Santa Barbara.  Then spent most of the time inside.  

There isn’t much you can do on a rainy day in Southern California.  Or that’s what Southern Californians might think anyways – the rain seems to halt everything, even one’s motivation to work.  

However, just taking a simple walk and appreciating the rain and transformed scenery was a new experience in itself – something that I won’t forget anytime soon.        

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The Weekenders | Exploring Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone

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Which way do we go? Compasses were graffitied all over The Funk Zone. Were they supposed to lead us somewhere?

Welcome to Funky Town.  This weekend, I decided to drag mine and my boyfriend’s butts off of the couch and go for a little adventure in The Funk Zone.  The Funk Zone is Santa Barbara’s hot spot for trendy tasting rooms, art, and local businesses.

I mainly wanted to look at murals and go for a wine tasting, so we did just that.  As it was almost dusk when we arrived, we decided to walk around and look for wall murals.

The Funk Zone is a small industrial area just off of Cabrillo Blvd. in Santa Barbara.  It’s small, but a lot of the artsy stuff is concentrated towards the State Street side.  We managed to find a whole wall of murals.  Here are a few of my favorites.

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As the sun started setting, we headed towards Anacapa Street, where most of the popular tasting rooms were located.  I had looked up a couple of places to go to and decided to try a place called Corks n’ Crowns.  However, the patio was packed with people.  We didn’t even venture inside.  It must be pretty good if many people were there, but I wasn’t looking to push through a large crowd.

Right next door to Corks n’ Crowns, however, was a tasting room that I thought used to be the Anacapa Dive shop – I used to take swimming lessons there.  Based on that, a pretty patio with twinkle lights, and The Burger Bus food truck parked in front, we were drawn towards the Municipal Winemakers tasting room.

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The inside was overwhelmingly shabby chic and there was a good-sized crowd – enough to show that the place was good and not enough to take up every seat in the house.

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When we went up to the bar, the staff was friendly and informative.  It was $12 for a flight of 5 wines.  And there were free crackers.   We took a glass and a basket of crackers, claiming a spot on the porch in front.  It was a really nice atmosphere and it never got super crowded.

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My boyfriend and I don’t know too much about wines, but it was a good opportunity to learn what I like and what I don’t.  It was also a good chance to catch up with him – it had been a few weeks since I’d seen him.  We also had some fun with my camera, making some light art photography as cars passed by.

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Lights and ghosts…

Simply put, if you’re ever looking for a chill adventure on a nice night in Santa Barbara, think about hitting The Funk Zone.