Brian's Photo Blog — Article 678
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Santa Maria California Revisited
Saturday 9 September 2017   —   Category: Outings
In December 2016 my wife, daughter, son and I made one of our occasional trips (815 miles one-way) to visit my parents in Santa Maria, on California’s Central Coast.

December 25 was both Christmas Day and my parents’ 60th wedding an­ni­ver­sa­ry! As is usual for me, the trip was a mix of visiting with family and ex­plor­ing the area photographically.
We have stayed at a number of different hotels in Santa Maria over the years, but this was the first time we lodged at the Santa Maria Inn.

We picked a room in the historic (opened 1917) original hotel rather than in the modern tower — both of which you can see in the photo to the right (click on it for a larger version).
My first morning there I got up early and drove to the Santa Maria River levee, located between the mostly dry Santa Maria River and the north end of town.

As you can see in the photo to the right, there was some dramatic lighting when I arrived. For previous photos taken from the lev­ee, see the Santa Maria 2011 album.

Only four blocks from our hotel is the house my great-grandparents lived in for nearly 40 years.
I vaguely remember going to this house to visit them when I was little. I was especially impressed with the cactus and rock garden in the back.

You may think that this photo of the porch is pretty boring ... and it is! But I took it for a very specific reason. In 1978 I took a picture of the same porch, full of relatives from near and far who gathered after my great-grandparents died just a few months apart. To see larger versions of both photos, click on the picture to the right.
Before we left California we stopped by my aunt and uncle’s house in Santa Ma­ria for a short visit. My daughter Olivia had fun playing with their dogs and tak­ing pictures ... following in her father’s and great-​grandfather’s footsteps.

My best 16 photos from the locations mentioned in this article can be viewed in the new Santa Maria 2016 album.

The rest of the details of this trip can be found in A Santa Maria California Mini Pub Crawl and Here and There on Cal­i­for­nia’s Central Coast.
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