Celebrating the Earth

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.

Mexico Sunrise. Worth waking up early to see this

Mexico Sunrise. Worth waking up early to see this.

There's so much to see from way up high.

There’s so much to see from way up high.

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Tide pools are unexpected places to find some amazing creatures, always worth looking around to see some.

It's not often you come across natural springs, so it's definitely worth the hike to 3 pools.

It’s not often you come across natural springs, so it’s definitely worth the hike to 3 pools.

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Shout out to Mother Nature for being awesome.

Boys Volleyball

I love the boys volleyball team at SBHS. I attend nearly every home game to support the team! They kill it, and are having a great season. They took a few tough losses but are recently coming together as a team super nicely. It’s so much fun to watch them play!

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The ONLY thing lacking from this sport is the cheer section! When we played DP at home, and won in a really exciting game, they were louder than us. I really want to see more people coming out to support, because great school spirit is what high school is all about right?

 

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Old Friends and Beach Walks

Being from two cities has made my life hard in a lot of ways, but also taught me a lot of things. Keeping in touch with old friends is really crucial, even though sometimes I go for a while without talking to my friends from Palo Alto. However they’re people who’s friendships I really value and catching up with them constantly really makes me happy! That being said I was absolutely ecstatic when my best friend form up north, Katie Douty, let me know her and her twin brother and mom would be stopping by Santa Barbara for the day.

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Even though we only had a few hours in the afternoon that went by much too quickly, we still had a great time. I’m so grateful that they are people I’ve been able to stay close too even though we live so far away and it’s difficult to plan visits to see each other. I know that these friendships are ones that will last for a lot of years!

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I definitely encourage you guys to catch up with some old friends, you’ll definitely be in for a good surprise on what a good time you can have.

Good Eats Part 3: Best Sushi In Town

Over spring break I was able to go out to eat at two out of three of my favorite restaurants in town. All three of these happen to be Japanese cuisine, by far one of the best types of food. On Friday night I went out to eat at Arigato, a sushi restaurant in downtown Santa Barbara. What I looove about Arigato is the huge menu, so I can always switch it up when I’m there. On Friday I ordered the Eskimo roll, with salmon, asparagus, avocado, red onion, and spicy sauce. I highly recommend it. You can find a copy of the menu here.

Arigato is on State Street between Victoria and Anapamu.

The second Japanese restaurant I visited this past week was Kyoto, on Saturday night. I came here with friends for a birthday dinner. What I love about this restaurant is how authentic it is to japanese culture. You are able to reserve private tatami rooms for bigger parties, where you even have to take off your shoes! The tatami rooms are closed off by sliding doors, and inside you sit on the floor with your feet on the ground underneath an extremely low table. The whole atmosphere is super fun and interesting, and the private room makes for a perfect birthday party or other celebration. You can find the website with the menu and more here.

The pic above shows the inside of the restaurant, with the normal tables on the left and tatami rooms on the right. Kyoto is on upper State street.

The last Japanese restaurant that’s my fave is Sakana, in Montecito. This is the usual place I go if I want sushi but unfortunately I wasn’t able to go over break 😦 Beware though this place is pretty pricy, although its soo worth it.

Go check this places out if you’re into sushi as much as I am!

Pool Daze

There’s nothing better than hopping from a steaming jacuzzi to a cooler pool, or vice versa. Thats why spending a good portion of my spring break by the pool was absolutely amazing. My friends and I got in the spirit by swimming around and soakin up that vitamin D.

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Being able to transition from the hot weather, to the snow, and back again was soo fun for this break. My friends and I are so lucky we have access to this opportunity, and we were able to totally make the most of our break. I barely found myself sitting not preoccupied  at home, or having no idea of what to do with friends.

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My friends and I made the most of one of our afternoons by kicking it off with a friendly soccer match and hopping into the pool as soon as we got hot from the exercise. The whole situation is just fun and ideal for spring break and summer coming up.

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I hope to have countless days like these once school is out for good. Being able to relax and be stress free while having a good time with my friends is what I live for. This type of environment can provide me with just that, and makes for a good time for everyone there. Go hop in the water and get active!

 

 

Summertime Approaching

Although Santa Barbara didn’t have much of a winter, there is a definite change in the air as the end of the school year draws closer. Spring break coming up is definitely getting my friends and I in high spirits. By ignoring the horrible AP testing and finals in the also near future, summer is easy to look forward to.

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Spending days by the pool are definitely something I look forward to as soon as we are released from school.

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Soaking up the afternoon sun by laying on the grass and making flower crowns is a great way to spend 6th period soccer if you ask me.

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Taking walks with good company can only be improved by a great view. Beach strolls are an awesome form of exercise, and a way to escape the stress caused by school or anything else.

Use your spring break to get out there and enjoy the sunlight, ocean, company, or whatever may come your way. This song should help you get in the mood for the best seasons of the year, spring and summer. Hope you all have a good one.

Introducing Lacrosse to SBHS

Lacrosse is a super popular sport all around America, especially on the East Coast and in Northern California. It has yet to take hold here in Southern California, until just recently. Here in SB, they are starting in school teams open for anyone to join. My friend Sophie Tate and I immediately jumped on this opportunity. Both soccer players, we figured it wouldn’t be especially difficult to pick up. This past week were the first to practices and we have been having a blast playing. Wednesday we spent learning the basics of using the stick: passing, catching, cradling, checking, and ground balls. Thursday we went over the basics of the game, including the field positions, rules, and penalties. It’s definitely a lot to take in but I think all the beginners on the team (the majority) are starting to get a hang of it. Everyone is excited for our future practices and even games in the coming months until the end of school. 🙂

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If you’re interested, you can find official rules for girls lacrosse here.

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Our team has only 13 players out of the 12 girls playing on the field at once, and over half of our players are beginners, but no one is planning on letting this bring us down since everyone is so pumped to be playing. I definitely plan on spending more time learning about the game on my own time, and maybe even practicing a little with Sophie for fun. Lacrosse is an exciting new aspect at the high schools of SB, and is offered for both girls and boys.

 

Good Eats Part 2: Lunch Bites

I fully take advantage of the open campus at SBHS. There are a few lunch places I visit regularly, either walking down to Milpas street or getting rides with upperclassmen.

One of those spots is Backyard Bowls on State street. The menu consists of various acai bowls, which are bowls of a thick smoothie topped with granola, fresh fruit, and honey. They hit the spot on a hot day when I’m craving something fresh to cool me down. This lunch spot is around 5-10 minutes driving, so unfortunately I can’t visit regularly.

 

 

 

 

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Backyard bowl website here

An easier lunch commute is the short to my fave restaurant on Milpas street, The Shop. The Shop has a big menu or delicious foods, like fish tacos, a GREAT avocado wrap (my regular order), burgers, salads, a tri-tip sandwich, all in addition to a breakfast menu. My only complaint is that the food takes a little long to prepare, so I definitely advise calling ahead. The wait is worth it though because of the high quality of the food. There is indoor and outdoor seating that always fills up quickly because The Shop is so popular. It only opened earlier this year!

The Shop website here

If I’m going for the ultimate lunch experience, I’ll cruise the harbor with some friends to eat at On The Alley. This lunch spot is right next to the beach and has some great sea food, my favorite being the fish and chips. It’s a bit of a longer drive from school, so going there means you’re more pressed for time but it is absolutely worth it.

On the Alley website here

If you ever find yourself without any lunch plans, definitely give these places a shot. I promise you will not be let down!

 

Soccer Season & Independence

With this month came two new things: spring soccer season, and a license. I am able to enjoy these two things along with my new found independence I have from driving. Being able to come and go to and from places has been such a good experience. I am finally able to not worry about structuring my life around whether or not I can get rides. Today I drove myself to practice at san marcos, my first time alone on the freeway.

Macie, my coach, believes in hard work and conditioning to make a better soccer player. I was able to capture my team mates playing in tonights practice during a particularly difficult and tiring drill as the sun was going down.

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The fierce winds in SB today made it everything we practiced a lot more challenging also.

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Finally wrapping up this practice felt great and I honestly wanted nothing more then to get in my car, blast some music, and cruise home for a big dinner. The best thing about Macie’s practices though is how accomplished and worked out I feel after each one. That is a huge benefit of having her as a coach, is that I always feel I am working to my full potential. This is only the beginning of my adventures on the road and I can’t wait to document as I drive to a wider range of places. Having a license opens up all sorts of possibilities and opportunities for more freedoms!

Tuesday Farmer’s Market

The farmer’s markets in SB are hosted on saturday mornings and tuesday afternoons. They’re a perfect opportunity to stock up on fresh fruits and veggies for the week, so this past tuesday I made the trip to downtown SB on State street for this. The roaming food shoppers are accompanied by the occasional music talent, playing guitar, harmonica, singing, drumming or a combination along the street. Walking through the farmer’s market is both entertaining and productive.

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My favorite food stands here have to be the fresh fruit, especially the sweet grapes from the saturday morning farmer’s market on Cota street. The variety of healthy foods motivates me to try new things and lead a healthier lifestyle. Coming in a close second to the fruit stands is the home made honey stand. I can never resist snagging a few honey sticks as a pass.

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The vibrant colors of the farmer’s market make for a great photography opportunity, and although this stop at the market was a short one, next time I visit I will definitely spend more time wandering through the stands a snapping a few photos.

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This saturday in SB is going to be a rare rainy day, especially in this drought. I am thoroughly looking forward to spending my time inside snuggled up and watching movies, although unfortunately that means no Saturday morning farmer’s market for me. If there’s a local farmer’s market near you and you have yet to visit, I realllyyy recommend checking it out. The delicious foods are very worth it. I was not even able to stop at half the stands, and I know there are more consisting of baked goods, home made crafts, breads, fresh avocado, etc.