One of the truly great things about life here is an astonishing collection of beaches within a 30 minute drive. From Isla Vista’s sweeping sands to the Guadalupe dunes, there are state parks (El Capitan, Refugio, Gaviota, Oso Flaco Dunes), free beaches, county parks (Goleta Beach, Jalama, Ocean Beach, Point Sal), even an Air Force beach (Surf), windswept and wild.
One of the great benefits of living in the SYV is the nearby seashore, where you can park for free and hike for miles without seeing a soul. When the tide is right, under hot, ice blue skies, amid mussels dripping salt spume and blinking in the sunshine, flanked by an ancient beach – now […]
The news that the lens from the lighthouse at Point Conception is moving to the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum reminded me of this article I wrote a while back. The Chumash Indians revere it as the door into eternity, the jumping-off place to the afterlife. For mariners it is a place of fear, a tempestuous, treacherous, fearsome, […]
Merv Corning’s Pacific Coast Railway (this trestle was near the Hwy 154/101 intersection). It was April Fool’s Day. The man on the phone was describing his ride on the narrow gauge steam train that once dead-ended at Mattei’s Tavern in Los Olivos. Early on, passengers switched to stagecoaches there. Skeptics could be forgiven for raising an […]
On the mountain the flowers come and go, outdoing Michelangelo, amidst garish spurs of kryptonite-green serpentine from the spreading centers of the deepest sea, and prickly, sap-dripping, pineapple-size cones, laid out on a quilted carpet of dried needles so thick you could ski down the steep slopes on them. This year’s crop of blossoms on […]
Renton Mitchell was my dad-in-law, and his stories inspired me to get a license. He began his real estate career in 1970 at E. David Davis’ Los Olivos office, just down the street. “If there’s another world, he lives in bliss; If there is none, he made the best of this.” -Robert Burns “I’ve always […]