Joel was being lazy so I (Wendy) took care of the blogging.
We are winding up our first week in Ojai. It's been a few years since we've visited our favorite vacation spot, but little has changed.
We take the daily walks to the town center because, well, it's beautiful, but also you never know what you'll find. One day (apparently every Wednesday) the Ojai band was giving a concert in the park. Kids and balloons everywhere, along with the town folk. Felt like I'd walked through a time warp. Then, another day we caught a band playing at the Ojai Art Center. The band plays in a fenced, outdoor area but one of the many walking paths goes right past it, so we enjoyed both the walk and the music as you see in the video below.
So far we've made two trips out to Rose Valley Falls. It's a short hike out to the lower falls, and along the way (in the photo on the left below) you can see the upper falls in the distance. The first trip was sunny and gorgeous, but then when we went out with Allison and Ryan, it poured rain.
We managed to get a couple of photos before the rain began, but then had to seek shelter under rocks in a failed attempt to stay dry. The second picture is the same view as above, but from under a rock.
The videos below are very short clips. One was taken at a lookout on the way to the falls (which shows the road we came up), and the other is from the parking/camping area at the trail-head to the falls. Two things struck me - one is the view, of course, and the other is the complete quiet. I loved listening to the wind blowing through the leaves as we hiked in, and nothing else.
We drove to Solvang (as we always do) one day. I'll just copy and paste my Facebook post here, because that pretty much covers it.
Today's adventure: Solvang! Now Solvang is a Danish town that apparently falls very high on the "can't miss" list for Asian tourists. They come in buses (Asian America line - no joke) and carry cameras without fail. I found them as fascinating as the scenery and took some intentional photos, but even in my scenery shots, if you look closely at the edges, you will see our camera-carrying visitors ever armed and ready. They managed to photo bomb every photo I took except the one with the brown horse, and I probably just didn't look hard enough at that one.
Other highlights this week included our trip to Ventura Beach with a walk out on the pier and some time spent watching the surfers, our weekend-long visit with Allison (my BFF from high school) and Ryan (her husband) which was fun and funny and long overdue, and a plethora of good food (and though I have photos, I don't post them and make everyone jealous - I save that for Facebook!). We'll blog again next week.