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quick weekend getaway

Over the weekend, I drove 4.5 hours down to Santa Barbara to surprise my cousins' for their birthday.  I've never been to Santa Barbara before so I was thrilled! The drive wasn't that bad, but I was terribly distracted by the beautiful green hills and blue skies. My boyfriend was DJ the entire trip while my sister, her fiancĂ© and their dog chilled in the back seat. After getting cleaned up at the hotel, we pulled up at Leadbetter Beach. It wasn't much of a surprise because they suspected us to roll through after my parent's and brother got there.
The four of us were starving after the drive! But I gravitated towards the beer, obviously, before grubbing on BBQ and calamari. The weather was exceptional that day. Hazy skies with a slight overcast, but we were able to catch some sun and see the sunset. Also, the water was not dreadfully freezing like up in Santa Cruz. I dipped my feet into the ocean while my boyfriend and my sister's fiancĂ© skipped rocks like 12 y…
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dingus mcgee's

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and the rain never stops

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beautiful wet portlandia

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