Santa Barbara Adventure

Hello beautiful people!

I am excited to share this post with you about adventuring in Santa Barbara with a couple of our good friends, Eddie and Deise, who are Jesse’s college friends from UC Santa Barbara and are currently Goleta residents. Go Gauchos!

Favorite memory of us: E&D Wedding in the state of Guanajuato, Mexico. We spent a week going on day trips to the city of Guanajuato, where they have an amazing mummy museum, the beautiful town of San Miguel de Allende, as well as tequila tasting in Tequila.  The best part of course was a super fun wedding which featured a live band that brought Optimus Prime to serve Tequita shots through a tube, as well as a clown that made balloon figures, and much more.

We recently visited Eddie and Deise on our Spring Break and I wanted to share a little bit of our adventure.

We started a new tradition on the previous trip of doing a hike every time we visit E&D. The first time, we and a few other Gauchos friends planned to go on a 3-4 mile hike, but because we couldn’t find the trail that we were looking for, we ended up hiking for about 10 miles.

On this past hiking trip we swore we wouldn’t repeat our hiking misadventure.  Our goal was to find a “heart-shaped rock” on Cold Spring Trail, which in our minds was a big rock that is naturally shaped like a heart. The hike was supposed to be only about 5 miles total. However… we did it again!  Hiked for about 3-4 hours and too many miles until we could barely walk any more!

I think this picture was taken before we realized that we were lost…

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After about 2 hours and still no heart-shaped rock in sight.


Consolation prize- eucalyptus tree overlooking the gorgeous city.

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This is the actual heart-shaped rocks that we were looking for. I guess we didn’t miss much!

Heart shaped rocks

After the hike, we were sweaty and sticky but were too hungry to shower before lunch. We headed straight to East Beach Tacos and got some delicious tacos, which we stuffed our faces with too quickly and forgot to take pictures.  This tacos shack had all different types of tacos, from regular ones like carne asada and spicy shrimp to korean short rib and ahi tuna tacos. We heard that their ceviche was delicious as well, but they ran out of it at that time (around 2:30 – 3 PM), which goes to show that it must have been good!

On our previous visit, we did some wine testing as well in an area called Funk Zone.  A few of the wineries we went to include Orellana, Santa Barbara Winery and Municipal.  It’s a great experience, convenient and easy to walk around to wineries and take public transportation back home. Here’s a picture of us at of the tastings.

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  1. You should visit Santa Barbara!  It is a beautiful city with delicious food and a fun environment for people of all ages.
  2. When you visit Santa Barbara, don’t miss the opportunity to go hiking in the mountains!  The views of the ocean and surrounding areas are fantastic.
  3. When you go hiking, try to stay on the correct trail and not make the same mistake as us and end up hiking for hours and hours.



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