Things got off to a slow start - literally. My flight to Los Angeles was delayed for five and a half hours due to mechanical issues compounded by blizzard-like conditions. It was a long day of doing nothing, but eventually we did make it to California.
I was met at the airport by my friend, Erin Corbett. I hadn't seen her in just over a year, so we had a lot of catching up to do on the bus ride to Santa Barbara.
In Santa Barbara, we were met by Kylee Parks, Amanda Brock and Megan Cotte. We squeezed ourselves and our luggage into Kylee's already crowded vehicle and drove to the Parks' home in Los Olivos. Heather Malone joined us there for dinner and talk. Then I bedded down for the night in Kylee's daughter's room.
This was a really fun and informative outing, and will undoubtedly be the topic of a future blog post.
|Kylee Parks, Erin Corbett, Melanie Miller, Barb Ness, Amanda Brock, Dayle's mom, Heather Malone, Jennifer Buxton and Dayle Steinke|
Although I grew up in Southern California, I had never been to Solvang. What a cute town!
We had a great time walking and talking and looking for horses.
|Kylee Parks with Takeshi and Neeko|
|photo by Erin Corbett|
|Melanie Miller and Cameron Clow|
|Kylee and the army of Tadpoles|
|People's Choice Callback Table|
|Custom Snuggle Sacks by Megan Cotte for each Tiny Tadpole|
|Tension and photos at the Artist Resin Callbacks table|
|Meredith Conrad, Heather Malone and Erin Corbett|
|Jennifer Buxton and Kim Murray with their NaMoPaiMo ponies|
|Overall Performance Champion and Reserve, Allie Davidson and Lauren Wood|
After the show a bunch of us went out for dinner. Someone took a selfie of the entire group, but I can't seem to find it. This makes me ridiculously sad, so here's a picture of Erin's meal instead.
|photo by Erin Corbett|
|Jennifer Buxton and Jeanne Bray|
Recent rains had filled the canyon with water, which made the trail a lot more wetter and slippery than usual. I persisted and was very happy when I reached the waterfall.
On Tuesday, I got up before dawn and drove to Santa Anita Park in Arcadia. There I was met by my good friend, Corina Roberts. We stood side by side at the rail, photographing race horses and solving the world's problems.
It was a fabulous morning.
|photo by Corina Roberts|
It was a wonderful horse-filled day, and I am sure there will be more posts on this, as well.
I flew home on Thursday. Once again, my flight was delayed, but that was okay. I'd had such a great week in California. I didn't mind staying just a little bit longer.