Before I share about our trip to Santa Barbara I have to say "thank you" to all of you for your kind words regarding my last post. No one ever said parenting was easy...and I never expected it to be...but I am still stunned by some people's reactions. I really loved reading all of your comments! :)
Back to Santa Barbara...on Saturday morning we packed up the car and headed to the beach! Landry was sooooooo excited and we were, too. We decided to go via Paso Robles, Pismo, and such...as opposed to the 99 route. One of the reasons I decided to take that route was I figured there was more to look at...and more fun stops along the way. Since we were in no rush, we could take our time. I had originally planned on stopping in Pismo to get some Splash Cafe chowder. Thankfully we got stuck in a TON of traffic in Paso...yes, I said thankfully...because while we were sitting I was checking my Facebook and someone had posted about a car show in Pismo...which meant...it would be even more of a zoo than normal. My first tip to you...if you REALLY want a fix of Splash Cafe chowder...and don't want to deal with the mess of Pismo...they have an awesome location in San Luis Obispo! Yup...take the Monterey Exit...go a few blocks...and there you will find the same yummy chowder...with one exception...NO CRAZY LINE!!!! :)
My other reason for wanting to go this route was that I really want to stop by Solvang. I remember going as a kid and thought Landry would have fun...and who can pass up an ebelskiver? Can you tell I love food? So far my two stops have been based on clam chowder and ebelskivers...ha!
Being that it was a Saturday...in summer...it was pretty crowded and busy...but it was still a great little stopping point to stretch our legs. I mean...how can you go wrong when within 5 minutes of your walk you come across this photo op?
Landry was in LOVE with all of the windmills...and wanted to go inside each. and. every. one. Most of them have some sort of souvenir store...as one would expect...such as a Native American gift shop...an Asian ceramics shop...exactly what one thinks would be inside of a windmill. :)
You know what they say...if the shoe fits, sit in it!
And as I mentioned before...no trip to Solvang is complete without an ebelskiver.
My crazy child wasn't a fan...crazy!
We finally made our way to Santa Barbara and got settled in at our hotel.
We stayed at the Holiday Inn Express right off of State Street. It was an awesome hotel, great location, wonderful staff, super clean and quiet...highly recommend it.
After a good night's rest...we were up and ready to head out to the...
First stop...one of Landry's favorites...the alligator. Landry was in a bit of a "mood"...to put it nicely. If it gives you any idea...we weren't even in the zoo for ten minutes before we were threatening to leave if he didn't change his attitude. Lovely. I know. Here is the best picture I could get.
He started to warm up when we saw the macaws...
and was all smiles with Chad. Clearly, I should have left because I seemed to be the problem. :)
The Santa Babara Zoo had a lot of animals that our zoo doesn't have...like penguins...
and bald eagles.
Here are their beautiful giraffes. They are a different type than the ones we have at the Chaffee Zoo.. their coloring is so pretty...and they are a lot larger than our giraffes.
Plus they have a much better view! Yes, that is the Pacific Ocean right behind them.
The fennec foxes were a hit...and finally brought out some smiles!
Then there was this sleeping beauty!
How amazing is she?
Landry wouldn't sit for a picture in front of the lion.
He was afraid it was going to get him. Can't say that I blame him.
I love the way she is looking at him in the picture...as if she knew that he had been a pill earlier. :)
Does this statue look familiar?
Looks like Nosey from our zoo...Santa Barbara has one, too.
You might remember that Landry always refuses to take a picture with Nosey at our zoo...
but in Santa Barbara...he was all about it.
Chad wanted to take this guy home!
They have a cute little train you can ride around the zoo that gives you a "behind the scenes" view of some of the exhibits.
Of course...it isn't a trip to the zoo without seeing the ELEPHANTS!
Did I mention that Landry was a pill?
Yup...he had very little interest in the elephants...bizarre!
I was trying to get a "selfie" of the three of us and the elephant when a very kind lady offered to take it for us.
Do you see the elephant?
No...look closely and you can see just the butt.
Oh well! :)
Being that I can be a bit stubborn...I wonder where Landry gets it...I was set on getting a cute picture of Landry with the alligator.
As you can see...he had other plans.
So our visit ended the same way it started...pouting by the alligator. :)
That night we stopped by a delicious ice cream place...special to Santa Barbara.
They have all hand made ice creams, in a variety of flavors.
Landry chose the blueberry...and I had the most delicious toasted coconut, almond, chocolate chip.
It was like an Almond Joy...so yummy!
Even though the day had some ups and downs...Landry threw some fits...even lost a quarter...Chad pouted about the U.S. tying with Portugal in the World Cup game...all in all it was a great first day...or two...of vacation. I mean, seriously, I got to eat Splash chowder, ebelskivers, carnitas tacos at dinner, New York style pizza during the World Cup game, shrimp pasta, and the most amazing scoop of ice cream.
How can you go wrong? :)