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... enjoy them.
After the indoor tour, we were free to explore the grounds . All water features were dry due to the drought, but we could still get a sense of the magnificence of the fountains and beautiful pool adorned with statues and arches like a Greek spa. There are actually 3 other houses besides the large "castle" and the compound is filled with gardens, statues and other outdoor sculptures, as well as those views.
Finally we decided we better ...
... enjoying a canoe or SUP out on the water and a few boats out in the bay. We decided to stop off at the beach to enjoy the last part of the day, and the girls enjoyed swimming and making huge sand castles decorated with seaweed.
We headed back along the street we had come and things were really starting to hop now that it was 7pm. The music was loud and the streets started getting busy as everyone geared up for the nighttime Fiesta!
We made ...
... rainfall a year. They are technically in drought at the moment, and the regions drinking water lake is near bone dry. We could see the expansive empty dam where the water should have been, yet they have voluntary water restrictions in force, and not one sign or plaque indicating this to tourists or visitors. We had a lovely, quiet and relaxing afternoon; Maurice took us on a different tour of the area, and to a little town nearby with a strong Danish influence, Solvang. ...
... also oranges, so stopped at roadside and bought some, sweet and tasty. Then stopped in Oxnard, as sat nav wasn't being helpful, at a mall, which was full of rough looking Mexicans, thousands of them, felt like they might rob us as we were the only white people, so left in a hurry. More scary there than walking in streets of LA at night!
... bad idea, never do that.
Tomorrow is my last day of work at the museum. Nooo! This whole experience went by too fast, way too fast. I feel like I grew up a lot these past two months. I have 3 complete days left here. On Saturday, Amy told me that she will bring me to In N' Out for lunch. Yummy! On Sunday, I am planning to go to the beach, to shop on State Street and to eat at Panera for the last time. This is going to be so sad, I don't want to leave these ...