I like that we have a holiday dedicated to the powerful concept of Appreciation. Sure, the history of it has blemishes and many people these days focus on food, sports and shopping. But like many others, we tend to take time for appreciation of all our bounty. Having invested much of our life savings in Tripp we have even more to appreciate than most people on the planet, and to me it brings a responsibility to share. So here are a few recent faves.
Carpinteria Salt Marsh is a quiet and magical place amid our growing coastal sprawl, where migrating birds can rest and relax next to the humans who appreciate their presence.
On the edge of Montecito our Andree Clark Bird Refuge is a smaller version, popular with residents and visitors alike. During droughts like the present one it can be difficult for the city to maintain, but current work on the golf course upstream may help.
We love to watch constant change on the peaks above Santa Barbara. Seasonal variations, vegetation, clouds, and time of day combine with other factors to supply endless focus for observation and contemplation.
The southwestern part of Hope Ranch offers a nice view of our peaks, along with expensive views out to the islands. Luckily there’s a nice viewing area not far from here (above Hendry’s) where hikers, cyclists and drivers can pause to savor that mega-million dollar panorama.
Behind beautiful Goleta Beach, the slough boasts a small cave I’d like to visit in our kayak. Reflections of sandstone cliffs join the patient egrets here to transport us into serene reverie.
Back on the ground we enjoyed a contemplative sunset stroll at the ever-popular Hendry’s (Arroyo Burro) beach. So much to be Thankful for! :)