Coachella Valley Arts & Music Festival

This pas weekend had to be one of the most memorable weekends of my life. Friday morning at 6 am my mom, sister, friends and I all set out on a road trip to the desert. Our destination was to the Coachella music festival in Indio, held yearly in April. I had been looking forward to this weekend since I got my tickets on the pre-sale months ago. And I was most definitely not disappointed.

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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!

Sights of SB

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a walk on my favorite santa barbara beach, photo by Maddy Rotman

Santa Barbara is home to some of California’s best beaches. Mirmar beach, pictured here, is a popular beach for teenagers (including my friends and I) to hang out over the summer as well as during the year. The beach is lined by houses owned by vacationers and local residents. The low waves here are perfect for stand-up paddle boarding.

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east beach, photo by Maddy Rotman

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sunset on the mesa, photo by Maddy Rotman

The Mesa is a beautiful neighborhood home to some of my closest friends in SB. One of my favorite parts of coming here is seeing the spectacular sunset over the water every night of the year, thanks to its perfect location on a hill overlooking the ocean.

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sunset at franceschi park, photo by Maddy Rotman

Franceschi park is a spot that I regretfully have yet to visit. Shown in this picture are local SB teenagers who made the trek up to watch the sunset here. This park is located at the top of the Santa Barbara riviera, the section of SB where I call home, although I do not live quite as high up on the riviera as this park is.

up gibraltar road, photo by Ava Doré

This spot, shown to the left, is arguably the prettiest place in all of Santa Barbara. If you’re willing to take the 30 minute or so drive up the very windy Gibraltar road, you can reach the best vantage point to look across the whole city and beyond. In front of you, there is the ocean, and behind are the looming and seemingly enormous foothills. Up here I can truly appreciate the wonders of this city that I am lucky enough to live in.