Sunday, January 20, 2008

Weekend in Ventura

We spent a delightful weekend with our pals Jason & Jarrod, who had recently moved to Ventura, California. Although we don't see Jason & Jarrod as often as we'd like, we always have fun with them, whether it be red-shirting it at Disneyland, enjoying a relaxing pool party, or dressing in our best white trash garb and going to womens roller derby.

Cool restaurants in downtown Ventura, CA. (01/19/2008)
Cool restaurants in downtown Ventura, CA. (01/19/2008)

For those readers who are not familiar with Ventura, it's a beautiful seaside city that sits in Ventura County, the county immediately north of Los Angeles County. It sits mid-way between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. It was actually founded by Father Junípero Serra, a Spanish Franciscan friar who founded the mission there: Mission San Buenaventura.

Beautiful downtown Ventura. (01/19/2008)
Beautiful downtown Ventura. (01/19/2008)

Although we didn't see the mission itself, we had one heck of a time. Our first stop was downtown Ventura. Now keep in mind that prior to Jason & Jarrod living there, we have driven trough Ventura countless times (emphasis on "driven through"). We had never really stopped there before, so downtown Ventura was a first-time experience. And it was great!

The Ojai post office. (01/19/2008)
The Ojai post office. (01/19/2008)

Lots of amazing shops and restaurants. I was pleasantly surprised and am now kicking myself for not having experienced it earlier. After getting some food, we made our way to the Coalition Thrift Store, which is Jarrod's favorite thrift store. (He's the only person I know that has a favorite thrift store).

Getting some treats at Ojai Ice Cream. (01/19/2008)
Getting some treats at Ojai Ice Cream. (01/19/2008)

Later in the afternoon, we went to the nearby town of Ojai, a scenic little town nearby. Tim was happy since one of his TV shows is Brothers & Sisters, and the family's fruit orchards are set in Ojai, inspiring the name of the family business, Ojai Foods. I was more impressed with the fact that Ojai was the hometown of 70s TV classics, the Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman.

Our bed for the night. (01/19/2008)
Our bed for the night. (01/19/2008)

After Ojai, we went to Paddy's for a drink, before heading back to Jason & Jarrod's place. Jason cooked us a wonderful dinner of fresh carnitas tacos, which were amazing. The rest of the night we had a great time watching bad TV like Fuse TV's Pants-Off Dance-Off, which was at one point described by TV Guide as the "dumbest show on television." But it made for some great TV!

1 comment:

beastandbean said...

Wow...Ventura looks cool. I know someone who just recently moved there too and he loooves it. Now I see why, looks really pretty!

And Ojai...wow, I have always wanted to visit there, but now that I know that Jamie Sommers and Steve Austin lived there...wow...I gotsta get to Ojai!