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.
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.
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.
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.
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.