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Thursday, March 12, 2015

California Road Trip - January 2015 - Part 4 - The Road South

We made quite a few stops on our journey home from San Francisco, and spent 2 nights in Santa Barbara along the way.  See Part 2 of this series for the California Missions that we visited, including the Santa Barbara Mission

We stopped for a few minutes at the intersection of CA-154 and US-101 to get a picture of this sign.  California Highway Patrol Officer Jim O'Connor was a good friend when we were growing up. He was riding in a 4-man formation with 3 other CHP motorcycle officers around a sharp curve on CA-154 when a car crossed the center line and struck him head on. He died at the scene, in November of 1990. This interchange was dedicated in his honor last year.

We didn't find all that much to do in Santa Barbara, so after breakfast on Friday we went to the Zoo, and then the Mission.  But, first we had to stop for breakfast. We went to the original Sambo's (founded 1957), which is right down on the beach.  The building may be newer, but they still have some of the original artwork hanging there.

The Santa Barbara Zoo is small compared to the one in San Diego, but it is nicely laid out, and a pleasant place to spend a morning.

They have a big collection of reptiles and insects.

I thought this was a helpful graphic.

The baby anteater was cool. That's his mother he's crawling over. She's trying to take a nap.

Synchronized ducks.

They do have a few big cats, which are always my favorites.

It took a while, but I did even find some tigers.

Click here to see more images from the Santa Barbara Zoo.

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