The rangers at the visitor center let us know that there is a western town just down the road where TV shows and movies are still filmed. It's called Paramount Ranch Western Town - appropriate and now you know who built it. A fun spot to wander around.
We saw lots of interesting plants that were new to me.
The tour lasted longer than the advertised 90 minutes and eventually we excused ourselves. Our appointment at tea had arrived. Some things are more important!
Scones, savories and sweets. All pretty and delicious.
The Japanese garden was lovely. I particularly liked seeing the display of bonsai trees. So many varieties I'd never seen before.
|perfect with cherry blossoms in bloom|
|Pam with Gutenberg Bible|
We didn't spend a lot of time in the galleries, but enough to see some of the highlights.
We found this amusing - the California state flag waves, but the US flag sags. Hmm. What does that signify?
Tom joined us for a wildlife watching boat excursion in the Channel Islands National Park. We didn't dock at any of the islands, but circled Anacapa Island looking at its rocky shores and keeping our eyes open for animals.
It was fun to watch the dolphins playing so close to the boat - they loved the wake we left behind.
|dolpins with oil rig in the distance|
|approaching Anacapa Island|
Although they do look dead, the seals are just lounging on the beach. The elephant seals are huge and in the back.
People on our boat spotted a whale and we saw a bit of the blow. Too bad no big wave of the tail!
|whale blow on the right|
|back of a shy whale|
If you take one of the boats that docks there, you are able to hike to the lighthouse. Maybe another time.
|lots and lots of birds and the white stuff that they leave behind|
|back on dry land|
|walking around Ventura after the boat ride|
|on the red carpet|
We also had a day to wander around Santa Monica.
|birds of paradise|
There were so many beach volleyball nets! Just a few are in the picture. Too bad no one was playing. Santa Monica's pier is in the distance.
|it's always breezy at the ocean|