The drive from the Casa Del Mar in Santa Monica to Santa Barbara had huge scenic potential and a quick look at Google traffic made the route obvious. Our rental cars are being driven by the management team of Pete, Tim and Paul and Mark, Glenn and I are travelling in a brand new S Class Mercedes. It is clear to all of us that this is unquestionably the best car ever manufactured, the reasons for which are too numerous to write about here.
The PCH to Malibu, then over Malibu Canyon Road to the 101 Ventura freeway North. Having spent much time in Los Angeles, I know the PCH pretty well. Many surf trips up the coast to the many surf spots along the way have seen to that and it’s always a pretty drive. We turned onto Malibu canyon road, I always think of the TV series MASH when I’m here as this is where they filmed it. Then onto the 101 which joins up with the coast road beyond Oxnard. As we pass Rincon point, pangs of wave envy swept over me as there was a set of waves coming through, perfect for a paddle-board. Alas, more important things to think about today. We arrived at the superb, and I mean SUPERB Santa Barbara Bowl. This place really is the benchmark for all outdoor venues. Everything here is perfect including the wonderful catering team who today were barbecuing Baby Back Ribs! They were sublime. There was even Iced coffee on draught (the Parrot pic).