I logged more than 20 miles including a 14-mile trail run in Sycamore Canyon that culminated with 30 minutes in total darkness and an encounter with a large animal... Coyote? Mountain lion? Who knows, but it made me run faster despite having no ability to see the ground.
We went to Santa Ynez wine country and hit some of the "Sideways" spots. We walked on the beach, watched beautiful sunsets and drank tons of wine. And I slept in. A lot. Does it get any better?
Sideways tour - no Merlot!
I'm now even more thankful I'm doing the LA Marathon. I have incentive to keep up the training and get back to sunny California. But it looks like I won't have to wait that long, there are already plans for another Winter escape next month!