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Paulette S.

Oh, Wanda, you make me want to go to California!! My husband is from Santa Barbara area and I've never been there. For shame, I know. Your pictures are so wonderful and I just want to walk into them! If I lived near the Ocean, I'd make Mike buy me a $600 Hecs scuba suit, so I could scuba dive and not have to worry about he sharks! LOL My crafty supplies would just have to suffer. Ha! I have been to SanFrancisco (I have 1 amazing photo of the light house on the Rock), Lake Tahoe briefly when there was snow on the ground while visiting Reno, NV. And we drove to the coast one time, from Grants Pass, OR (also where Mike grew up as a tween) just got through the pass before they closed traffic for snow, toured Hwy 101 and the Redwoods and spent an amazing day running up and down the Pacific coast in the drizzling rain with our kids, 4th and 8th graders at the time. Which, I've prob. all said before, but your pictures stir up these great memories with our kids, now 26 and 30 with babies of their own. Thanks for all you share! So glad I can get over here, even if it's via a different browser, I really wish Apple would get their act together! Love Ya, Wanda!

Rosa M. Vasquez

Gosh, I love your photos! I'm taking a photography class (basic) right now, hoping it leads to the purchase of a better camera with more capabilities. I'm in Mariposa just outside Yosemite. Lots of photo ops here, too!

Brenda Walton

Thank you for bringing us along on your trip with these gorgeous photos! Happy Birthday, dear friend. We are so happy you and Mark had a memorable time! Xoxo B&D


Wow, so beautiful. Thanks for sharing. I love the ocean, too, but I am stuck in the midwest. Hope to make a trip to the CA coast some day.


Thanks for sharing, beautiful pictures of beautiful places. It's funny how the Internet connects us, I feel like I know you. ;) I'm so happy that you had this blessing of time away with your husband.....and happy birthday!


How great to see your photos and read about your trip! My husband and I were recently out in San Luis Obispo ourselves visiting our son and DIL. We didn't get to see and do as much as you, since we were only there a few days. I can see why you love it.


oh i totally understand your love of california. i'm a cali girl and have never left the state. you were so close too - i'm just about 40 min south of Santa Barbara. you were in all of my favorite spots. celebrated a birthday in Cambria a few year back. perfection! loved your pictorial!

Veronica Fairbrother

What a great birthday week photo blog. Thank you for sharing the beauty of California. Your photos captured the beauty of the ocean and fall. You inspire me!

Suzie P.

What a fun birthday! Loved all the beautiful pictures. I live in paradise, beautiful Santa Barbara. I feel so blessed. Every February we meet up with my cousin and his wife in Cambria for a week and do a lot of what you and your husband experienced in that area. They are from Sacramento, up your way. In fact, she is the person who got me going on card making many, many years ago. She frequents the Paper Garden. Thanks for sharing your birthday trip pictures!

Jean Bullock

Wow, after looking at your beautiful photos, I feel like I have just been on vacation. I'll bet you feel totally recharged after that trip. I live in Southern California and I don't like it that much, but the further north I go the better I like it. Thanks for sharing your photos. I truly enjoyed them.


Love your pictures! What a lovely place! I just told my husband I would like to go there in January for my birthday! Thanks for sharing such a wonderful experience! Hugs, Frances

Natalie Houston

Beautiful photos of our state! Next road trip you need to check out the northern-est part of the state and see the majestic redwoods, the elk and our very rugged coastline. A whole different kind of beautiful! Of course you'll have to dress in layers you never know what kind of weather to expect. And of course visit me at Scrapper's Edge in Eureka where I work and get crafty!! ;-) So glad you had a wonderful time and are rejuvenated. You positively inspire us! Blessings!

Denise Bryant

It looks like you had a fabulous time on your trip! Central Coast is home to me too...

Fonda Jo

What a fabulous Birthday week you had! I always love your pictures and I think you did yourself proud with this memorable collection. You'll enjoy them for all the years to come.

Celeste Goff

Wow, what a beautiful and peaceful looking getaway!!!


How truly beautiful!! I was born near the ocean too - in Goa, India. I feel like I have a connection to the majestic blue. It just makes me feel complete when I'm around it.

Love your pictures. Belated birthday wishes, dear. :-)


What a great trip! And your photos are absolutely gorgeous! You definitely have an eye for beauty.


Thanks for the gorgeous tour! Beautiful.


What a wonderful Birthday celebration, Wanda! Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos.

Patti Willey

Loved your trip of photos and sharing of your story today Wanda! Sounds just perfect to me! Funny to hear folks out West get so excited about getting to don on a Sweater, and to see clouds! Ha! My best memories are at the Ocean as well, I also love how open it is, the smells and the sounds of the boats coming and going out of the harbor is something I grew up with in the Summers. Love it!

Marlene H.

Thanks so much for sharing these beautiful photos. It was a gorgeous trip down memory lane. I, too, was born in Newport Beach and spent most of my life in CA and will always consider it home. I'm so happy you had such a wonderful birthday!!!

Maureen Hayes


What a lovely birthday trip and a beautiful homage to your home state! I loved seeing the photos, they are gorgeous and make me want to visit even more than I already did! I am so glad you had a nice trip and hope you feel relaxed and refreshed. Thanks for sharing with us.


Linda C

Thanks for sharing your fabulous pictures with us, Wanda. So glad you enjoyed your trip.

susan h.

Happy Birthday Wanda! What a wonderful relaxing birthday trip! I'm envious! We live in Ohio but love California. Thanks for sharing your photos, they are lovely!

Holly Saveur

LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE it Wanda..would so much love to visit you .....and your State...
SO happy you had such a great time..I would have too seeing the photo's
I am so like you I love the colors of the sea/ocean and the air ...feels so good...
Thank you for taking me with you on this tour/holiday....
Hugs Holly.

Holly Havnaer

Happy birthday!! Your photos are so beautiful! You are so talented and have such an eye for capturing beautiful things.

Janice Rosenthal Rock

Stunning photos . . . .thanks for sharing this beauty!


Love the photos! Santa Barbara is such a special place. I spent many summers there with my older cousin and her husband who treated me to a week of fun every summer. My grandparents loved Solvang and took us there several times. Such great memories! I never intended to live this far from the ocean; I crave it, too. We do live in a beautiful state--just hope we get some rain.

Amy Sheffer

Wonderful way to celebrate your birthday! Terrific photos!

Nancy Leppek

I completely enjoyed your gorgeous photos of your amazing week away. Thanks so much for sharing your birthday with all of us! I think I need to go add some of these places to my bucket list!

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