I took my dog out to enjoy the sunny weather and explore some parks in the Ventura/Ojai area yesterday. My first stop was a place nestled in the hills outside of Ventura. There lies an abandoned outdoor ampitheater built in 1928, complete with graffiti, overgrown ivy, piles of leaves, shy squirrels, and gorgeous views. Despite its state of decay and disrepair, I think it's the ideal place for a peaceful picnic. After exploring that area, we traveled to Ojai, where a stubborn sweater-clad Chihuahua decided to initiate a standoff in the middle of Ojai Ave, blocking dozens of cars in the process. Nonetheless, I made it to Libbey Park without incident, where we explored the bike trail, nearby tennis courts, and local businesses, all the while ensuring that my dog got plenty of exercise. Regarding all this warm weather we've been having in southern California, I feel as though I'm being cheated out of winter because my heavy jackets are not getting much use. On the plus side, however, it's great for wearing open-toed footwear and transitioning into a floral, 1970's-inspired spring wardrobe with light layers.