planning a trip and being surprised. Discovering Niki de
Saint Phalle sculpture garden in San
Diego was a great surprise. Our recent trip to Ojai,
California was a neat surprise too. Dianne and I both grew
up in Southern California, and yet neither of us had ever
taken the time to visit Ojai.
Friday, we felt we needed a little getaway, and decided
rather spontaneously on Ojai. Searching around the net,
we found that Ojai has either pricey bed and breakfast resorts,
or smaller motels. We chose Best Western, for the name,
booked online, and even with the AAA rate it was $103.00
[not bad, but certainly not a Priceline rate].
afternoon, we drove north on 101, over the Conejo grade,
and after passing through Oxnard, Camarillo, and Ventura,
made the merge onto route 33. Almost immediately, we seemed
to enter a landscape with green rolling hills, gnarled oak
trees and crisp blue skies.
like the original Chumash settlers who felt the valley was
spiritual ground, or the sense of Shangri-La that Frank
Capra felt when he decided to use Ojai as his 'Lost Horizon,'
the Ojai Valley is truly beautiful and picturesque.