May 4, 2013

santa barbara | day one | traveling


My shoulders are sunburned, and my legs are so sore, but walking around Santa Barbara was worth it. 



I wouldn't say that I am a "beach girl." I grew up going to the beach MAYBE once a year. I loved the sand + the water, but I would rather go to a lake or a small town. I think Santa Barbara is changing me. I could spend all day on these beaches. 




Stearns Wharf is such a fantastic place. I had fish + chips and a mint chocolate chip ice-cream cone for lunch and I'm telling you, everything tastes better when you are surrounded by the smell of salt water + the sound of people chatting + waves crashing. 




Do you see that brown thing in the water? That's a seal. We had a magical moment where he looked up at me and swam for a few feet, with his eyes pointed directly at mine. I scrambled for my phone and he dived under the water right as I was taking a picture. I looked around, no one else had seen him. Crazy. 









Have a fantastic weekend! :) 

29 comments:

Hannah Nicole said...

um yep love. cali cali cali. this is great and wonderfu and I can't wait to see more. :)

catherine grace said...

love these pictures Ellie ! :) and that series of you :D enjoy yourself and have fun adventuring

Jennoelle said...

looks and sounds amaaazing. not jealous at all. ;)

Jessica Rackley said...

gah, i love cali. my mom grew up there, and i got to travel there a few years ago for my sixteenth. cool shots, ellie ─ can't wait to see more. :)
x, jess

Kym said...

Love the photos of the beach there :) It's inspired me for photos of our beach here in Aussie land :) And those palm trees are sooo tall! Awesome!

Jianine said...

love these photos! i wish i get to visit there one day :)

Eliza Berry said...

hehe! you are so cute! i love those pictures of you! AND I MISS YOU. have lots and lots and lots and lots of fun! <3333

#tanandblond ;)

Mal said...

It looks absolutely amazing :) Glad you had such a great time! Now you're getting me excited for my trip to Bermuda!!
-mal ;)

Meredith Sledge said...

I wanna be there! So beautiful! I'm very jealous!

Abbie said...

oh my word. take me take me take meee.

Rachel Greene said...

Fun :D

Anna Gray said...

oooh, cali is so beautiful. though i've never visited myself (it's #1 on my bucket list though), every single photo i've seen of it is so, so, so beautiful. i'm pretty sure my heart is 1/2 beach, so i would say santa barbara would be a staple for me.

beautiful photos and hope you're having a wonderful stay!

Elisha said...

Lovely.. I now want to move to Cali!

Kelsie Johanna said...

ohh yes. love, love cali. looks like you are having a splendid time:)
ohh I love the seals out there:) they're so fun:)

Hailey said...

I'm jealous. I want to go!

carlotta cisternas said...

WOW THANKS FOR SUCCESSFULLY MAKING EVERYONE JEALOUS.


...kidding. This is pretty. I want to go back to Californiaaaa.

Madison said...

Ah! I love going to the beach. We go about once a year as well, I guess because it takes a while to drive to a decent beach. :)) but these pictures are beautiful. I really really want to go to a beach now. :)) love this. And also, seals always seem to leave right when someone's about to take a picture. Happens to me every time I'm near the ocean down by where my grandparents live. I LOVE being by the ocean. It makes me happy.

Blessings!

-Madi

Emma said...

these are so beautiful! i want to go to cali so bad. plus, you're right up near shawn and gus.

Eve Victorie said...

I love the beach SO MUCH!!! Ahhh!! I want to visit Santa Barbara RIGHT NOW... for more reasons than one... ;)

Kendra Lynne said...

really cool pics. and who doesn't like the beach?!

Kristyn said...

ohmywoooord. california has captured my heart.

sarah b said...

I think I've probably said "I really want to go to California" out loud about 5 times since you left, and many more times in my head. :P it's so beautiful and I know you're having an amazing time!!!!!

Cindi Elizabeth said...

Ahhhh! Gorgeousness everywhere. :) This post made me so happy and so did the pictures. California is just so stinkin pretty. I went there for Spring break a year ago and...I fell in love. So pretty. :)

Abby said...

Beautiful shots... You make me homesick for the ocean.

And it's a universal truth that food tastes better when surrounded by salt water and friends. It's just a fact of life. :)

Emily Margaret said...

I love your beach pics! The tones are perfect. Now I really want to go to the beach. :)

Elise said...

Ah...mint chocolate chip icecream = FAV. Such a fun post!

Kiley Marissa said...

ugh, cali. i'm in love with it forever. beautiful beautiful, and love the shots of you!

Sara said...

this post.. along with my addiction to the TV show Psych (based in SB) has definitely made me want to go there. Like now.

Anonymous said...

OMG these pictures are beautiful! I love the beach…Cali is such a beautiful landscape! I'm so happy you got to go there and enjoy yourself! That ice cream looks so nomable…