Leaving on a Barbie Jet Plane…or Short trip to Santa Barbara

After CHA I went to Santa Barbara on the tiniest plane (will show picture later) aka Barbie Jet ever. My hubs had left Hamburg earlier in January to work there and I was going to visit him for 3 days :) He picked me up at the tiniest airport ever – when I sent a short message “landed” , he replied with “I know- I can see you” – and that was not a joke- LOL. When I came out of the plane I saw him at the gate.


I love California- I am a summer and sun girl…looking out of the window to this…makes me happy!


3 days filled with the beach


yummie meals with and without friends and family :)


awesome street art which was even more awesome up close


and funky stuff


and some shopping for head bands and earrings


and sightseeing in the old court house of Santa Barbara


indulging the jurassic park feeling aka- vegetation


and did I mention beach? …


and a road trip to the mountain town Ojai – loved it


Visiting the coolest bookshop I have ever been to: Bart’s Books- which is in and out-side at the same time


spending time with cousin Beth and hubs


oh…and did I mention the beach? ;)


And then it was time to leave Santa Barbara on my little Barbie jet again ;)


to start a torture journey- which I didn’t know of at the beginning. As there was ice and snow in Frankfurt and the trip ended in a 27 hour trip with cancelled flights and 5 1/2 hour train trips in the end…and ….luggage that took 3 days to get home


here is the iced window of the plane we were waiting for kick off for an hour before they cancelled that one too and we had to leave the plane again. But in the end…who cares…LOL- I am home, I had an amazing time and it is good to be home with kitty and hubs…well technically speaking I am right now when you read this again in Frankfurt to work at Paperworld Convention…this time with carry on luggage…might be better ;)

What was the smallest airport you have ever been to?

Have a gorgeous weekend


Comments (28)

  • fran


    Hi Nat, i’ve also been on an eight seater, from Aero Pelican to Sydne Airport. It was almost like sitting in the pilot’s lap. No, I exaggerate. But with winds, a bit scary


  • Cindi Walsh


    Thanks so much for sharing your pictures! Now I want to go to Santa Barbara! That bookstore looks SO COOL! And that painted door with the little people? Wish I was brave enough to do that! My husband built an airplane from a kit called an RV7a. It has two seats and we are pretty cozy in it! Last summer we flew it to a tiny little airport in Smith Mountain Lake Virginia. It had a bathroom but that was about it, and it was over 100 degrees and the air conditioning wasn’t on! Short runway, on a hill, with trees at the end! I feel very lucky to be able to go flying with my husband. We want to fly from FL to Denver this summer. Ok, how do the beaches in CA compare to the beaches in FL? If you stuck your toes in the water, you know it is a lot warmer here!


  • Dara Lynn


    I knew that trip home was a booger! When I saw that train trip home on facebook…I was thinking poor thing!!! Traveling in California is beautiful!!! Especially the beaches!!! We are so grateful you made the trip…CHA would not be the same without you! Still loving CJS!! Smallest airport/plane was in Lawton OK – 6 seater and could not stand straight up! lol….oh yeah!! want to do that over again!


  • Sabine


    Lucky you! I wish I could do a short trip like this once in a while, too but I dont’t have any relatives in beautiful, far away places and my job ties me to the seat in front of my desk *lol*
    The tiniest airport I ever landed was on Cat Island (Bahamas). There was only a gravel treck that works as the runway and a small wooden booth as an airport building. It was very funny to be there but a little scary too.


  • SusanJane


    When we were kids our dad flew a four seater so we could go visit relatives. One stop for fuel was at a dirt airfield. Dirt runway. Dirt everything. The “office” was a desk in a shack. There was no hanger just tie ropes. The gas pump was just out in the open by itself.
    But we went to an even smaller one by Lake Mead that only had the dirt. No ties, no shack, no fuel. We had to buzz the marina to get someone to listen to the radio so they could pick us up.


  • andrenesmith


    Beautiful pictures!! I love the beach…live about 30 minutes away from the coast but would love to live beachfront!! The smallest airport I have ever landed at was Key West, FL. OMG. The runway was so short that the pilot announced to the passengers “Now dont get worried when you see this really short runway….I can land this with no problem and room to spare.” And he did….with some hard braking.


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