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Urban Adventure: Ventura #1 with The Valencia Hiking Crew

On May 18th, my friend Lori and I hopped aboard Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner to meet up with The Valencia Hiking Crew for an urban adventure in Ventura.

Linelle, with assistance from other members, put together a great itinerary for us that included a stop at Sandbox Coffeehouse, the Ventura Visitors Center, a  hike on the new trail in Ventura Botanical Gardens, Art City Stoneworks, Patagonia Surf Shop and store, Mission Plaza with its beautiful San Buenaventura Mission, lunch at Dargan’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, tastings and demonstrations at both We Olive and Spice-topia, a post office to see historic wall murals, a gigantic fig tree in Plaza Park, and finally a walk on the pier and beachside promenade.

After the adventure officially ended, Lori and I went back to the plaza and toured the mission and grounds and got some iced coffee and dessert at Palermo before boarding our train back home to L.A.

What an amazingly fantastic day that was! And now we’re looking forward to the next urban adventure with this group. See you in Long Beach!

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