Santa Barbara Here We Come. . .  


November 1st, 2014 With The Art Deco Society

November 1st 2014 And We Are Off To Santa Barbara With The Art Deco Society

Page 1 - On Our Way | Page 2 - Enjoying The Adventure

The Art Deco Society Of Los Angeles group headed for a great tour with John Thomas to the Post Office.  We had seen it before and decided to meander around town on our own! First we did State Street and then we headed for the pier... Oh yes.. We did do some wise tasting also!

Prepare for serious meandering!

 

We Did A Quick Visit To The Santa Barbara Winery

An Art Deco Adventure to Santa Barbara via vintage railroad cars November 1st, 2014
Just a hop, skip and a jump from the train station

Quotation To Remember: I drink wine because I don't like to keep things bottled up. ~Author Unknown

An Art Deco Adventure to Santa Barbara via vintage railroad cars November 1st, 2014
On the last trip up Sue found some amazing olive oils with fantastic flavors

An Art Deco Adventure to Santa Barbara via vintage railroad cars November 1st, 2014
Lemon, Mushroom, Garlic, Basic, Black Truffle, and Hot Pepper

Did You Know? - It is possible to make excellent infused oil at home using dried wild herbs. The intensity of the flavor varies with the season, whether the herbs are wild or domestic, how the local growing conditions have been, etc.

It takes a lot of trial and error. It is more art than science and the people who are good at it are reluctant to share their trade secrets.

The oil will pick up the flavor fairly quickly, in the first few weeks, and then slowly intensify. It is fine to leave the herbs in for a long time; eventually all the flavor leaves the herbs and the oil flavor stabilizes.

An Art Deco Adventure to Santa Barbara via vintage railroad cars November 1st, 2014
"I found it! Yeah!"

A Walk Up And Down State Street

An Art Deco Adventure to Santa Barbara via vintage railroad cars November 1st, 2014

An Art Deco Adventure to Santa Barbara via vintage railroad cars November 1st, 2014
We walked and walked and talked and walked

An Art Deco Adventure to Santa Barbara via vintage railroad cars November 1st, 2014
Perfect timing... Walk for an hour and then eat

An Art Deco Adventure to Santa Barbara via vintage railroad cars November 1st, 2014
The town was "empty" today.... Not like summer time

An Art Deco Adventure to Santa Barbara via vintage railroad cars November 1st, 2014
Neat restaurants on every block.... We got good recommendations on this one

Did You Know? - Mac's is run by the husband and wife team of Grant and Kate MacNaughton.

Grant is a classically trained French chef having graduated from the French Culinary Institute in New York in 2008. He most recently worked at Bouchon here in Santa Barbara before opening Mac's, the fulfillment of a childhood dream from his formative years in Blackpool, England. His hobbies include eating, drinking and shouting.

Kate is originally an Essex girl (insert your own gag here) and quit her investment banking job in search of something more personally rewarding and ended up with Sam, our son...that'll teach her for quitting. This is the THIRD version of her portrait that has appeared in this spot thanks to a combination of negative feedback and misplaced vanity.

An Art Deco Adventure to Santa Barbara via vintage railroad cars November 1st, 2014
Must try on the next visit.... We love Himalayan dining

Did You Know? - The Himalayan Kitchen brings the authentic flavors of the top-of-the-world region of Tibet, Nepal, and India. We serve traditional Tibetan dishes like Mo-mo (dumplings) and Thukpa, Nepali dishes Dhaal-Bhaat-Tarkaari (lentil, rice, and curry) and Sekuwa (tandoor-oven roasted vegetable and meat dishes) and Indian dishes in various flavors. We also feature a large variety of vegetarian dishes.

An Art Deco Adventure to Santa Barbara via vintage railroad cars November 1st, 2014
Looks amazing...

An Art Deco Adventure to Santa Barbara via vintage railroad cars November 1st, 2014
Yeah Yak!

An Art Deco Adventure to Santa Barbara via vintage railroad cars November 1st, 2014
Questions? If there were two of them would they be a "Yakkaty Yak"?

Did You Know? - Domesticated yaks have been kept for thousands of years, primarily for their milk, fibre and meat, and as beasts of burden. Their dried droppings are an important fuel, used all over Tibet, and are often the only fuel available on the high treeless Tibetan Plateau.

Yaks transport goods across mountain passes for local farmers and traders as well as for climbing and trekking expeditions.

"Only one thing makes it hard to use yaks for long journeys in barren regions. They will not eat grain, which could be carried on the journey. They will starve unless they can be brought to a place where there is grass."

An Art Deco Adventure to Santa Barbara via vintage railroad cars November 1st, 2014
Too bad we are headed for sea food today...

Heading For Stearns Wharf

Did You Know? - Stearns Wharf is located in the harbor in Santa Barbara, California, United States. When completed In 1872, it became the longest deep-water Wharf between San Pedro and San Francisco. Named for its builder, local lumberman John P. Stearns, the wharf served the passenger and freight shipping needs of California's South Coast for over a quarter century.

An Art Deco Adventure to Santa Barbara via vintage railroad cars November 1st, 2014
Looking back toward the mountains they were magnificent. What a day!

An Art Deco Adventure to Santa Barbara via vintage railroad cars November 1st, 2014
Tsunami? Can't be afraid of something we can't pronounce!

An Art Deco Adventure to Santa Barbara via vintage railroad cars November 1st, 2014
We had to pass by the railroad station on our way to the wharf
See you in a couple of hours

An Art Deco Adventure to Santa Barbara via vintage railroad cars November 1st, 2014
Oh oh... I hear a horn and the arms are going down

An Art Deco Adventure to Santa Barbara via vintage railroad cars November 1st, 2014 An Art Deco Adventure to Santa Barbara via vintage railroad cars November 1st, 2014 An Art Deco Adventure to Santa Barbara via vintage railroad cars November 1st, 2014

An Art Deco Adventure to Santa Barbara via vintage railroad cars November 1st, 2014
Here it comes....

An Art Deco Adventure to Santa Barbara via vintage railroad cars November 1st, 2014
Moving right along

An Art Deco Adventure to Santa Barbara via vintage railroad cars November 1st, 2014
The birds found a great place to stay

At The Wharf... Time To Walk Over Water

Did You Know? - Stearns Wharf is a pier in the harbor in Santa Barbara, California, United States. When completed In 1872, it became the longest deep-water pier between Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Named for its builder, local lumberman John P. Stearns, the wharf served the passenger and freight shipping needs of California's South Coast for over a quarter century. Before the wharf, passengers and cargo had to be rowed ashore through the breakers and kelp.

An Art Deco Adventure to Santa Barbara via vintage railroad cars November 1st, 2014
Historical education... All you have to do is read

An Art Deco Adventure to Santa Barbara via vintage railroad cars November 1st, 2014
Our restaurant has a prominent location on the wharf

An Art Deco Adventure to Santa Barbara via vintage railroad cars November 1st, 2014
Entering the wharf... You can drive out there... You cannot take your train

An Art Deco Adventure to Santa Barbara via vintage railroad cars November 1st, 2014
Beautiful clouds bouncing up against the mountains

An Art Deco Adventure to Santa Barbara via vintage railroad cars November 1st, 2014
There was a fair breeze.. The little sailboats were active

An Art Deco Adventure to Santa Barbara via vintage railroad cars November 1st, 2014
A great place to dine... Good groceries.. Excellent service... Beautiful view

An Art Deco Adventure to Santa Barbara via vintage railroad cars November 1st, 2014
Checking the list once and checking it twice...
To see if she will be naughty or nice

An Art Deco Adventure to Santa Barbara via vintage railroad cars November 1st, 2014
"OMG... They delivered the entire farm!"

An Art Deco Adventure to Santa Barbara via vintage railroad cars November 1st, 2014
Seafood Penne Pasta... Delicious and very filling!

Did You Know? - Penne (Italian pronunciation: [ˈpenːe]) is a type of pasta with cylinder-shaped pieces. Penne is the plural form of the Italian penna, deriving from Latin penna (meaning "feather" or "quill"), and is a cognate of the English word pen.

An Art Deco Adventure to Santa Barbara via vintage railroad cars November 1st, 2014
Just us... Full Speed Ahead

More Walking And Exploring

An Art Deco Adventure to Santa Barbara via vintage railroad cars November 1st, 2014
Coats are on... Breeze is stiff...

An Art Deco Adventure to Santa Barbara via vintage railroad cars November 1st, 2014
Enjoying life

An Art Deco Adventure to Santa Barbara via vintage railroad cars November 1st, 2014
The little boats were having fun

An Art Deco Adventure to Santa Barbara via vintage railroad cars November 1st, 2014
"Look out you guys on the wharf... I can't seem to turn the boat"

An Art Deco Adventure to Santa Barbara via vintage railroad cars November 1st, 2014
Almost went over

An Art Deco Adventure to Santa Barbara via vintage railroad cars November 1st, 2014
"We are not afraid of hoomans! We be seagulls

An Art Deco Adventure to Santa Barbara via vintage railroad cars November 1st, 2014
We really did not want to know Angie's secret... Seagull costume??

An Art Deco Adventure to Santa Barbara via vintage railroad cars November 1st, 2014
"Can't you read the sign... DO NOT DISTURB"

An Art Deco Adventure to Santa Barbara via vintage railroad cars November 1st, 2014
"Now I know I put that food somewhere!"

An Art Deco Adventure to Santa Barbara via vintage railroad cars November 1st, 2014
One could sit on the wharf all day and watch the beauty of nature

Did You Know? - A Wharf is a man-made structure on a river or by the sea, which provides an area for ships to safely dock. Some are very intricate, with multiple types of berth over a large area, and navigable channels, and others (like this one, below, from Australia) are more straightforward.

A Wharf can contain quays and piers and will normally have buildings within it to service the ships (often warehouses and offices). Because of their abundance of unusual buildings and ready-made water features, unused wharfs are often converted into expensive retail and housing areas.

An Art Deco Adventure to Santa Barbara via vintage railroad cars November 1st, 2014
Feed them the smokers!!!

An Art Deco Adventure to Santa Barbara via vintage railroad cars November 1st, 2014
"My name is Mr. Pelican to you sir! "

An Art Deco Adventure to Santa Barbara via vintage railroad cars November 1st, 2014
The sun made the water glimmer like a box of diamonds

An Art Deco Adventure to Santa Barbara via vintage railroad cars November 1st, 2014
"This is my bestest smile"

An Art Deco Adventure to Santa Barbara via vintage railroad cars November 1st, 2014
"S-h-h-h-h I am trying to read the sign"

An Art Deco Adventure to Santa Barbara via vintage railroad cars November 1st, 2014
"Hey baldy... Put on your hat... You skin is scaring me!"


Thought bubbles should not be seen

An Art Deco Adventure to Santa Barbara via vintage railroad cars November 1st, 2014
"Thank you... That is mucho better"

An Art Deco Adventure to Santa Barbara via vintage railroad cars November 1st, 2014
Protection from pirates

An Art Deco Adventure to Santa Barbara via vintage railroad cars November 1st, 2014
OK... Back to the wineries... Must taste

An Art Deco Adventure to Santa Barbara via vintage railroad cars November 1st, 2014
One stiff breeze

An Art Deco Adventure to Santa Barbara via vintage railroad cars November 1st, 2014
Goodbye wharf...

Time For Walking

An Art Deco Adventure to Santa Barbara via vintage railroad cars November 1st, 2014
The sign caught Paul's eye... Wonder why??

An Art Deco Adventure to Santa Barbara via vintage railroad cars November 1st, 2014
Angie is introduced to wine tasting...

An Art Deco Adventure to Santa Barbara via vintage railroad cars November 1st, 2014

An Art Deco Adventure to Santa Barbara via vintage railroad cars November 1st, 2014
"Angie... All we need now is bridge to sit under and drink from our bags!"

An Art Deco Adventure to Santa Barbara via vintage railroad cars November 1st, 2014
"What do you mean... It's olive oil... Not wine!"

An Art Deco Adventure to Santa Barbara via vintage railroad cars November 1st, 2014
Paul asked the ladies to stand still for a picture...

An Art Deco Adventure to Santa Barbara via vintage railroad cars November 1st, 2014
Forgot to say "Face The Camera"

An Art Deco Adventure to Santa Barbara via vintage railroad cars November 1st, 2014

An Art Deco Adventure to Santa Barbara via vintage railroad cars November 1st, 2014
A truly magnificent day!

An Art Deco Adventure to Santa Barbara via vintage railroad cars November 1st, 2014
Angie scans the horizon for the train...
Sue knows the train will be here after 5:00

An Art Deco Adventure to Santa Barbara via vintage railroad cars November 1st, 2014
Pointing toward home...

An Art Deco Adventure to Santa Barbara via vintage railroad cars November 1st, 2014
Silver linings in the sky

Did You Know? - A silver lining is a metaphor for optimism in the common English-language idiom "Every cloud has a silver lining.

An Art Deco Adventure to Santa Barbara via vintage railroad cars November 1st, 2014
The Sun us trying to peek through

An Art Deco Adventure to Santa Barbara via vintage railroad cars November 1st, 2014
Our train shows his nose...

An Art Deco Adventure to Santa Barbara via vintage railroad cars November 1st, 2014
"Sorry I am a little late"

An Art Deco Adventure to Santa Barbara via vintage railroad cars November 1st, 2014
"I will make up for it"

An Art Deco Adventure to Santa Barbara via vintage railroad cars November 1st, 2014
Does anyone remember these signs???

An Art Deco Adventure to Santa Barbara via vintage railroad cars November 1st, 2014
We are off... and running

An Art Deco Adventure to Santa Barbara via vintage railroad cars November 1st, 2014
"Do you recognize me with by Hollywood shades on??"

An Art Deco Adventure to Santa Barbara via vintage railroad cars November 1st, 2014
Sitting down feels good

An Art Deco Adventure to Santa Barbara via vintage railroad cars November 1st, 2014
We must be passing the nudist beach...

An Art Deco Adventure to Santa Barbara via vintage railroad cars November 1st, 2014
""Hey guys... I was looking ahead and I am worried"

An Art Deco Adventure to Santa Barbara via vintage railroad cars November 1st, 2014
The view was fantastic at 60 miles per hour

An Art Deco Adventure to Santa Barbara via vintage railroad cars November 1st, 2014
The clouds painted a beautiful picture on our window... Even with the reflections

An Art Deco Adventure to Santa Barbara via vintage railroad cars November 1st, 2014
Ah ha... The "Wine Man" arrived!

An Art Deco Adventure to Santa Barbara via vintage railroad cars November 1st, 2014
Back to the Art Deco era

An Art Deco Adventure to Santa Barbara via vintage railroad cars November 1st, 2014
The Sun is setting... Night is coming... Wine is flowing...

An Art Deco Adventure to Santa Barbara via vintage railroad cars November 1st, 2014
A perfect November evening

An Art Deco Adventure to Santa Barbara via vintage railroad cars November 1st, 2014
Oxnard means we are nearly home

An Art Deco Adventure to Santa Barbara via vintage railroad cars November 1st, 2014
Sharlene gets everybody in the picture no matter what it takes

An Art Deco Adventure to Santa Barbara via vintage railroad cars November 1st, 2014
Sharlene and John, our heroes of the day!

An Art Deco Adventure to Santa Barbara via vintage railroad cars November 1st, 2014
TRADITION: Remembering everyone's name... Second year in a row and zero mistakes

An Art Deco Adventure to Santa Barbara via vintage railroad cars November 1st, 2014
After twelve hours on the train and visiting friends... This can happen

An Art Deco Adventure to Santa Barbara via vintage railroad cars November 1st, 2014
"I got it.. I got it!"

An Art Deco Adventure to Santa Barbara via vintage railroad cars November 1st, 2014

Just A Little Note:  Having organized trips like this one, we sure appreciate all the work to make it a success.  Coordination, lists, collections, support, organizing, rechecking.... The work goes on! Sharlene is a magnificent job!

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