So end of February I headed down to Lake Cachuma for my first ever solo camping trip! I drove down on a Wednesday night after work and headed home Friday evening.
I ended up setting up the tent around 1am Thursday. (I'v never set up a tent all by myself before!) It was freezing tho! I wore thick sweats, a jacket, and I had a cold weather sleeping bag and I was shaking for hours! I went to pet Vie who was on top of me and he was ice cold to the touch! My poor baby! I let him crawl in my sleeping bag, I pulled it completely over my head and we finally warmed up. Woke up a few hours later and our tent was completely covered in frost.
(By the way I'v been to this campsite before with my boyfriend and he's always done the reservations and I ended up picking the exact some spot as before without even knowing)
I just love how my little spoiled prince sat in the car waiting for my to set up our shelter haha. On the second night he rushed in the sleeping bag; traumatized from the freezing night before.
So Thursday was a really chill day. I was packing up all my things from the camp ground in the morning and my trunk door fell on my face! It hurt so much I was surprised it didn't bruise. All that was left was a tiny scratch and a lot of swelling but it's not too noticeable on camera, except for the pic all the way at the top right.
Didn't put to much effort into my appearance and I headed from Santa Barbara to Ventura. Just strolled around for a few hours waiting to meet up with some family friends. Also went on a bike ride along the Ventura Pier trail. I have a child trailer for Vie & I packed us some lunch in there with him.
Friday morning I headed to Solvang and just casually walked around and poked my head into the cute dutch looking shops. Like I literally just stuck my head in because I had Vie with me & obviously dogs aren't allowed inside most places.
I then went to the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden and it was beautiful! I brought all my hiking gear but i was like, "Fuck it, I wanna look cute AF." So I wore my cute Free People top & necklace, that I got in a cute boutique in Ventura the day before, put on my skinnys, and wore my healed boots. I got some strange looks but I don't care; Imma just do me.
Tried on a hat in the gift shop. I ended up getting a really cool deck of cards. Instead of queens, kings, jacks, aces and all that nonsense it's beautiful illustrations of insects.
My boyfriend met up with me Friday afternoon and we went to the Butterfly Grove in Goleta hoping to see some Monarchs but there were none! I guess they all had already left. We then grabbed gelato, Chipotle and headed home.
Went into work the next day and I started to feel sick. My boss was mad because I asked to leave and there wasn't anyone except her kids to do my work. I put my hazard blinkers on and was driving really slow because I felt so sick. Within five minutes I rushed to pull over and puked the Chipotle out.
Overall I had an amazing time and I can't wait to solo camp in the future!