We went up the Riveria to get Brett and then took the long way back down towards town to show my Mom some of the great views from the side of the mountain. We stopped in at Franceschi Park to check out the view. Our favorite part about this stop was the neat tree that all of us took our turns to climb! I think that my Mom got up there faster than I did!
At the bottom of APS we stopped to take a quick trip to see the inside of the Santa Barbara Mission. We saw a picture composed like the one below inside and had to recreate it.
We made a quick stop back at my house to change. The sun had come out and we weren't prepared for the heat that came with it!! Short sleeves on and we were on our way to the next stop - the Santa Barbara Chicken Ranch. Yumm!! Got some burritos and other snacks and went out to find the Butterfly Preserve for a picnic lunch.
We walked out towards the water and found a nice spot in the shade. Our burritos were so good, and they filled us up for the rest of the day. Well, that, and our ice cream too!:)
It was still pretty early in the afternoon after lunch, so Brett thought it'd be nice to take the drive along the coast of the 101 and we headed out to Solvang. We walked through the Scandinavian town, window shopping. There was a really yummy looking donut-y, pancake thing that I really wanted to eat...BUT...we were all still too stuffed from lunch. Oh well, guess we'll have to go back again soon!
Tonight was Halloween so we got home in time for the trick or treaters.....BUT.....can you believe it.....not one single one!! Boo!! :( That's ok....we got out the Scrabble board and played one more game. Mom really whipped up on us this time....but we all had a good time with it! :)