April 23rd this year was Earth Day, a day dedicated to appreciating and respecting our Earth and its environment. In my opinion, we should live our lives with this attitude every day. Our home is a beautiful place! Look around you every once in a while and just take in all the sights around you. We are lucky to live in a city as gorgeous as Santa Barbara, which is filled with different habitats and life.
On the northern end of Santa Barbara, you can find Hope Ranch. What once used to be a huge ranch is now a neighborhood split up into large properties. I love the general feel of Hope Ranch, because of the scenery, tall trees, and privacy of it all. Luckily for me, my best friend lives on the outskirts of Hope Ranch and when we have the chance, we love to fit in a good walk around the area. We set out around 3 on Sunday afternoon, and made it back to her house at 4:30. Along the way we snapped some pictures of the gorgeous nature, which was really green in the aftermath of the storm on Friday and Saturday.
Walking through the winding roads was a great way to get in some exercise, and the weather was ideal. Hope Ranch is incredibly quiet and peaceful, so the atmosphere here puts you at ease.
Many people here own horses, and there are horse back riding trails everywhere. Along certain streets there are really pretty views of Hope Ranch beach, which is a private beach with access to only residents of Hope Ranch. The long beach is lined by bluffs and is a great place to go with friends in summer (as long as someone has a key to get in).
Lilla and I got back to her house and wrapped up our day with a delicious smoothie that she made, before I returned home to get comfy and watch the Oscars for the next few hours. All in all, day well spent.
Saturday morning came this weekend with preparations for my little sister’s weekend camping (more like glamping) trip to El Capitan. I had completely planned on enjoying my Saturday hanging out with friends and relaxing home alone. Spending time with my parents, little sister, and five of her 8th grade friends for her 14th birthday party? No thanks. Luckily for me, my dad managed on guilting me into going up there for the day with a promise of letting me drive my family’s audi. El Cap is a beautiful state beach in Goleta, around 30 minutes north form my house. It’s a popular surfing spot and the campsite where my family and I spent our day was great.
The cabins at the El Capitan Canyon campsite are super luxurious, with 2 bunkbeds, a loft bed, a kitchenette, and a full bathroom inside. Each cabin has a little fire pit next to it to complete your camping experience with s’mores at night 🙂 Unfortunately my dad and I made the trip home around 5 so we missed that part.
It was a nice warm day ideal for laying on the beach and relaxing for a short while.
We were able to borrow bikes from the campsite to go for a ride along the beach.
All in all my day in El Cap was a day well spent. If you’re looking for a fun activity to do over the weekend I would definitely recommend considering the camping here! Next time I come down it’ll be with a few friends ready to enjoy the beach and the water, maybe even to spend the night.
I rolled out of bed this morning with a feeling of dread, knowing I had overslept and would have to rush through my morning routine. However, as soon as I remembered what day it was that awful feeling immediately vanished, and was replaced with one of relief and excitement. Although this school week was only four days, it totally dragged on for me. That’s why I am soo relieved it’s finally friday, and am going to discuss the weekend feeling in this blog post. We all know it, the amazing feeling when you walk out of school on a friday afternoon. Discussing with friends our plans for the next two days and nights of freedom, whether those including getting in hours and hours of sleep or an exciting party.
Here’s a song for you to listen that really just puts me in a great mood and pumped for the weekend.
Hopefully these pictures inspire you to go out and have a killer weekend spending time with your friends or just kicking back to enjoy those awesome quiet hours, 100 percent stress free.
The weather here in SB this weekend is predicted to be fairly warm and sunny, so a good opportunity to get outdoors to the beach. Go on a picnic with your friends to a pretty park. Hike somewhere you’ve never been before. Spend a fun night in with the girls (or boys) watching movies and cracking jokes. Whatever it is you do, make the most of your weekend.
Feel free to leave a comment with what you’re planning to do for your weekend!