Finally getting to the update promised a few days ago... My friend Matt from Manitoba came to visit for a few days this past week, and on Tuesday afternoon we took a road trip along the coast up to Ventura. It was the first time I had spent any time in Ventura or Oxnard instead of just driving past, and for some reason I always thought of them as farther away then they are. Once we got past the ugly mess of Malibu, the rest of the drive was really nice. We left in the afternoon (after food trucks, of course!) and were there before evening to wander the town, grab dinner, and wander some more, along with taking the unplanned scenic route on the way there and back. It was one of those "why don't I do this more often" things and I'm glad Matt pushed me to go.
[apologies for blog posts before 1/2009 that are not yet updated to format]