We just returned from a quick trip to Santa Barbara. The drive south on 101 had us cutting through some spectacular farmlands, including rolling hills planted with endless grapevines. The coastline wasn’t too shabby either, and the ocean was tinted a soft gray as the clouds hung over us most of the weekend. Still, the weather was perfect for long walks on the beach, some biking through the town, tasting excellent Mexican food, and visiting a couple of wineries while getting to know my kids all over again. It was a great way to end this lunar year.