John & Anne Wiley

2011/03/09

SB Delights

Today dawned warm, clear and calm after winds yesterday, so my guess was it would make for good flying. I love being right. 🙂

Taking off on runway 25, UCSB shone with a crisp island garnish that evoked gasps from the flood of colors caressing our Winter eyes. We’re solidly back in the verdant land of Spring!

5917 UCSB Spring

5917 UCSB Spring

We decided to fly out and visit the Channel Islands, but mostly just toured San Miguel after we decided to go back sometime soon and maybe take a friend.

6008 San Miguel Stripes

6008 San Miguel Stripes

Descending toward San Miguel after climbing to 8,000 for the crossing, the sandy stripes stood out as Santa Rosa slipped into the mist. I liked how the waves were crashing on the tiny rock islet off the West tip of San Miguel.

6017 Water Meets Stone

6017 Water Meets Stone

Oh, the colors! 🙂

We took hundreds of pix, and maybe we’ll share more after looking through them, but there’s one more I have to share because it resonates with our strong feelings of Home. Descending serenely over SB after an exceptional flight, I noticed the bucolic outdoor farmer’s market. People strolling around in shorts under gently waving street banners with the sweet sounds of street musicians wafting among the quiet conversations. Much as I was enjoying still being aloft, part of me was riding that electric trolley just turning back onto Altered State Street at the top of the frame after the detour around the two blocks closed for the market. So delicious to me, it’s almost unbearable!

6168 Altered State Farmer's Market

6168 Altered State Farmer's Market

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