Scream pulled into Santa Barbara Friday morning after a motor/sail from Port San Luis. We sailed to point conception, which some people think of as a dangerous location. There we encountered force 1 to 2 winds in flat seas when the forecast was for force 5, so we motored the remaining distance to here. Talking to the other southbound boats this seems to have been the norm this week. We are thankful for the uneventful passage.
Santa Barbara is one of the highlights of our trip so far. The weather here is warm and dry, wonderful for living on a boat. The harbour is inexpensive, in great condition and the staff are friendly. The city is modern and wealthy. We visited downtown via the all-electric bus and went to the surprisingly large art museum.
But the highlight has definitely been culinary. We have ate lunch at a fabulous Indian buffet and had breakfast at the wonderful Cajun Kitchen. But, as a connoisseur of falafel, I must say that I was delighted to eat at a Greek hole-in-the-wall where the “vegetarian Gyro” was the best falafel of my life.