John & Anne Wiley

2010/09/09

Endless Spring

Santa Barbarians are a bit grumpy lately. The weather has been cooler than usual, with much more low cloud and fog – especially along the coast. We waited for it to clear Saturday afternoon, and got this sunset shot from just offshore of the airport looking northeast.

1040 Goleta Pier

1040 Goleta Pier

Even on this “good” day it was much cooler than normal, and there was still fog trying to pour over the islands. Today it succeeded and sunset saw clouds surrounding our mountain tops. Even so the clouds offered soft pastel colors to accent an orange tree thick with juicy fruit.

1046 Cloud Cap

1046 Cloud Cap

I’m glad we’ve had our Summer experiences elsewhere this year on our NxNW Adventure. Some of the hot and humid weather on the trip made us appreciate the unusual fog and clouds here, and we’ve flown out from under it a few times to get some hot sun just a few minutes’ ride beyond the mountains. I hope this long stretch of Spring weather patterns doesn’t portend a wet Winter. I wonder how the weather will be when we take off for our MerriTimes Adventure. We’re starting to talk about dates now, and in a few days we’ll look at forecasts and make a plan.

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