John & Anne Wiley

2011/08/09

Just Right

Santa Barbara is the land of Goldilocks. Just Right. Not just the moderate micro-climate weather all year long, but the variety and mixture of micro-geology and city culture with open wilderness. On our Perfect Ten flight Sunday to Oceano, we chose a route along the edge of low clouds that keep Summer temperatures from reaching the uncomfortable levels common in LA.

2855 Air Conditioner

2855 Air Conditioner

It’s always a delight on such days, to climb quickly into clear blue skies and spot the beaches where sun reaches for sunbathers among the others, where quiet couples stroll in the cool quiet. The hills and reservoirs look all the more beautiful somehow, and usually the distant islands are poking their sleepy heads up for a look around.

On such days Vandenberg is often the last to clear up, though the curve of coastline out to low mountains at the North end can show a slice of water to complement the lovely rolling hills.

2882 Cloud Caress

2882 Cloud Caress

Just beyond, we crossed the coast at Guadelupe Dunes where clear skies opened beyond. I turned a lazy circle over the beach to look back at the mingling of colors and textures as we descended to fly along the waves toward Oceano.

2888 Dune Lagoon

2888 Dune Lagoon

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Last Five

Filed under: Happiness,Has Photos,People,Random,SB Region — John @ 00:44

Today I’ll post the last five of my fav pix from Fiesta. Yesterday we enjoyed a Perfect Ten flight to Oceano, but I haven’t looked at those pix yet because today was meditation during a root canal. Though the procedure went fine, maybe it would have helped to meditate on yesterday’s flight or the colorful parade.

2761 Equestrian Bouquet

2761 Equestrian Bouquet

The dresses sometimes created an effect like slow moving floral arrangements. Some of the horses had amazing long wavy manes.

2778 Mane Event

2778 Mane Event

One of the groups in the parade represented the people who service our National Forest up in the mountains, both routinely and (to enthusiastic cheers when the sideline announcer mentioned it), during wildfires.

2786 Forest Servicers

2786 Forest Servicers

I was surprised how many mules were in the parade and, like the ones pulling the wagon below, they all seemed quite patient.

2792 Mule Wagon

2792 Mule Wagon

Maybe there are new good-tempered breeds or new tricks that belie the cliche, “stubborn as a mule?” As you can see at the bottom-right of that pic, an equestrian parade produces ample reason to watch your step. I was reminded of that as the end of the parade passed, and thousands of people surged into the street to walk up State Street.

2813 People Parade

2813 People Parade

Everyone was in high spirits, including the girl bottom-left who just walked through a memento. Guess these are all horse people.

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