The importance of mid-semester roadtrips

STORY AND PHOTOS BY: DUSTIN STRONG

Driving up the coast on a Thursday afternoon heading to Santa Barbara I pondered the class I was purposefully skipping the following day. What would I miss? Is this absence going to affect my grade? I couldn’t care less. It was 8 weeks into the semester and I had said fuck it to a few days of class so I could join some friends who were planning on camping at the beach over the weekend. It wasn’t in celebration of anything in particular.

This short, 3 day trip was a way to unwind and stop thinking about projects, midterms, work, grades or any of that bullshit. We got drunk at the beach, visited a mission, walked the pier, played around with the fire pit, went surfing, took an Uber downtown to some bars and back to the campground to drink some more and eventually fall asleep under the stars to wake up and do it again. So instead of working or studying this weekend, skip a day’s worth of classes, drive up the coast and let loose. It’s absolutely crucial as human beings to unplug, get out of the system and just do whatever the fuck you want.

  Campfires can be soothing, warming and most certainly a symbol for camping trips past, present and future. But why not throw in some colored smoke bombs to lighten things up? Sept. 28, 2017.

Campfires can be soothing, warming and most certainly a symbol for camping trips past, present and future. But why not throw in some colored smoke bombs to lighten things up? Sept. 28, 2017.

 Bright idea #1 - when you forget the ice at the campground and the beer you brought to the beach is warm, stick it in the shoreline, wait 10 minutes and voila, an ice cold beer. Or in this case, a forgotten beer which was swept out to sea before being opened. Sept. 28, 2017.

Bright idea #1 - when you forget the ice at the campground and the beer you brought to the beach is warm, stick it in the shoreline, wait 10 minutes and voila, an ice cold beer. Or in this case, a forgotten beer which was swept out to sea before being opened. Sept. 28, 2017.

  My first walk onto the Santa Barbara pier was not unlike past experiences. Shops and restaurants at the end, lines of people waiting for ice cream and soda. All I could pay attention to was this ladder leading down into the motionless ocean, waiting to be traversed. Sept. 29, 2017.

My first walk onto the Santa Barbara pier was not unlike past experiences. Shops and restaurants at the end, lines of people waiting for ice cream and soda. All I could pay attention to was this ladder leading down into the motionless ocean, waiting to be traversed. Sept. 29, 2017.

 The Mission of Santa Barbara, a beautiful sight from the inside and out. You don’t have to be a believer to appreciate the kind of craftsmanship it took to create such visually stunning architecture, a lost art form in America were mundaneness controlled by Homeowner’s Associations is prevalent all over. Sept. 30, 2017.

The Mission of Santa Barbara, a beautiful sight from the inside and out. You don’t have to be a believer to appreciate the kind of craftsmanship it took to create such visually stunning architecture, a lost art form in America were mundaneness controlled by Homeowner’s Associations is prevalent all over. Sept. 30, 2017.

 This small alleyway downtown led my friends and I to an even smaller market lined with Hindu inspired tapestries from India. The music, smells, and colors were bold and the contrast to the hacienda style of Santa Barbara was refreshing. Sept. 29, 2017.

This small alleyway downtown led my friends and I to an even smaller market lined with Hindu inspired tapestries from India. The music, smells, and colors were bold and the contrast to the hacienda style of Santa Barbara was refreshing. Sept. 29, 2017.

  It’s always fascinating to experience the same place at different times of the day. This underpass path was walked previously in the daytime and had no where near the same ethereal feeling I had at the time this photo was taken. Sept. 29, 2017.

It’s always fascinating to experience the same place at different times of the day. This underpass path was walked previously in the daytime and had no where near the same ethereal feeling I had at the time this photo was taken. Sept. 29, 2017.

 A surfboard to a surfer is much like a paintbrush to an artist. It allows for infinite creative expression and a desire for more. Sept. 28, 2017.

A surfboard to a surfer is much like a paintbrush to an artist. It allows for infinite creative expression and a desire for more. Sept. 28, 2017.

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