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Daytrippin' in Ojai (or What Not to Do This Weekend)

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Something possessed us to hop in the car and to cruise on up to the little town of Ojai to spend a sunny afternoon. We needed a little getaway -- you know how it is when things get a little hectic in the city and a new landscape on loan is just what's needed to give yourself a break and recharge the old batteries. So out came the map of California (well, okay, we downloaded a PDF from the state's website to save the unfold-fold hassle) and we hatched a plan. Remembering lore about Ojai's majestically quaint beauty, thriving arts scene, and reputation for eclecticism, we thought the hour-and-a-half trip would be just the right thing for us. We had delusions of roadside produce stands offering cornucopias of local agricultural products for sale. We had visions of ourselves strolling along the historical main drag, eager to part with hard-earned cash on any sort of local art, antiques, or goodies to take home. We thought about the beautiful nature, the tasty food we could have, the plentiful homages to famed resident Beatrice Wood...

We were wrong.