We hit the road! Stephen doesn't get much time off throughout the year; a week at Thanksgiving, two weeks at Christmas and three weeks in the summer. Since summer is usually reserved for a family vacation we figured we won't have much time left to visit colleges. We decided to take a few days and see a few colleges in Northern California. Our first stop was UCSB. I had a feeling it was going to be like when you are shopping for an important occasion. You try on a million dresses and end up buying the first one you saw. UCSB is beautiful! It was everything Stephen and Nikki both wanted in a school. They were both completely sold. We visited the rec center, the pools, I.V (the party housing) and the visitor center. We then decided to scrap the visit to UCSC because the write up in my book wasn't very favorable. We instead hit Cal Poly SLO. The kids all thought it wasn't nearly the school that UCSB was and had no interest in hanging out too long. We had lunch near the campus and they were all okay with that, but both Stephen and Nikki said it wasn't a school that would be high on their list. I think the beauty of UCSB completely overpowered anything else they would have seen that same day. Next stop...Santa Clara University and Stanford.