This past weekend I escaped from our peaceful community to a different adventure. I packed up my fuzzy white dog, Lola, and we went to Santa Barbara to visit my sister, Elaine, and her husband, Larry.
Ah, it was sublime. The days were fair and sunny and you could see the Channel Islands clearly etched at the horizon's edge. It couldn't have been more beautiful.
Twice we walked the breakwater path that protects the harbor. Lola, a very sociable dog, was in her glory as she met dozens of people who had their canine companions on leash. She said hello to every person and pooch she encountered.
After our harbor walks, we cruised State Street, where the shops and restaurants are. As usual, there was much going on, as tourists ambled along this expensive stretch of real estate.
The most unique and fun addition to this popular street these past two weekends was the placement of 11 upright pianos that had been creatively painted by Santa Barbara artists. It was fabulous to see musically inspired sightseers just sit down and play whatever they felt like. From blues to Beethoven, the piano riffs rang out.