John & Anne Wiley

2012/12/30

City Sandwich

Flying from SB to SD for family holiday, we passed hilltop mansions between the LA and SD megalopoli that form a double-decker city sandwich. Like this little Hobbiton on the mountains near Topanga Canyon.

2203 Hobbit Hill

2203 Hobbit Hill

I love the creativity of homes like these, and often wonder how many people will ever see them other than those flying “low and slow” in small planes like Tripp. We also get different views of LA, like this “clear day” one just above the layer of smog blown back to the hills.

2207 LA Layers

2207 LA Layers

Looking down thru the layer in Santa Monica everything is vaguely brownish, and the stark snowy peaks shine out above it in the far distance. Downtown LA seems very much in peril of being swallowed alive at the right edge of the layer. Not long after as we pass La Jolla approaching SD, more fanciful mansions catch my eye.

2217 Life on the Edge

2217 Life on the Edge

Here on the edge of another major population center, on the edge of an eroding bluff over the sea perch more whimsical shapes. For me they evoke thoughts of beauty, peace and wealth mingled with images of fire, flood and quake. If we could afford to build there, would we? If so, would we try to mitigate the risks that so readily spring to mind or would we grow comfortable with the reality that life is fleeting and impermanent?

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2012/12/25

3 Cities 1 Day

Filed under: Flying,Happiness,Has Photos,People,Random,SB Region — John @ 17:45

They say Santa delivers to every good kid in the whole world in one night, so I thought maybe you’d enjoy seeing how Tripp can at least fly over three cities in a day. First of course is SB.

2047 Shore to Mountains

2047 Shore to Mountains

I like the view from Shoreline Park across the city to the mountains, because it covers some of my fav parts of living here. Next is another view of LA, this time from the Special corridor over LAX to the distant snowy peaks. I wonder how this would look if there were no smog.

2209 LAX to Snow

2209 LAX to Snow

Last up is this look from the San Diego waterfront and graceful Coronado Bridge, all the way into Mexico.

2288 San Diego South

2288 San Diego South

Whatever your locale, we wish you very warm and Happy Holidays! 🙂

2012/12/24

Ever Onward

There’s a line in the Tolkien books something like, “The road leads ever on…” Somehow up where Tripp takes us so far beyond the concept of roads, it also seems to lead ever onward. It never gets old, and there’s always something beautiful and fascinating to see. Like this pond somewhere in the Camarillo area with an Atlantis look.

2192 Atlantis Pond

2192 Atlantis Pond

Maybe when they used machines to dig the pond it ended up making those intrictate patterns in the bottom that are showing through the shallow water? In this next one you can see past the coastal mountains to Santa Monica, downtown LA beyond that, all the way to the snow-capped peaks beyond.

2195 Mountain Magic

2195 Mountain Magic

Simply magical, even to what I call the “Sunset Pig” of smog hovering in the distance. Maybe it’s due to growing up in SoCA that I think of this when I hear that phrase in Joni Mitchell’s song, rather than 1960s police on Sunset Blvd she was actually referring to. To me it’s magic to see the mountains crisp and chill so near the eternal sunshine of the surf spots beneath our wings.

Hey, in case I don’t post again for a few days, Happy Holidays everyone! May the warmth of family and friends fill your heart with Joy and your dreams with Love.

2012/12/19

What Bumps?

When people fly for the first time, they often notice every little bump in the air. Other first-timers may point out that it’s almost always smoother than riding in a boat. But most people who’ve grown accustomed to flying, when asked about the uncommon minor turbulence we occasionally encounter will often say, “What bumps?”

2034 UCSB Takeoff

2034 UCSB Takeoff

Today we decided to take a short evening flight, even though we knew there would be turbulence. I’m glad we did because the air was especially clear, the light was beautiful, and afterward Anne blurted at least a dozen times, “That was Fun!” 🙂

Just after takeoff we passed UCSB for the glorious view above, and coming home after an exhilarating half hour we saw this different angle of it nestled in our magnificent local scenery with a view all the way to Point Conception.

2091 UCSB to Conception

2091 UCSB to Conception

I wish we could take the whole world on one of our amazing little flights that cost less than a movie, and rekindle the soul. But on a totally calm day. 🙂

2012/12/16

SoCA Holidaze

This time of year is quite different here in SB, compared with other places we’ve lived. Rather than snow, our days are typically in the mid-70F range and people are enjoying time off from work like these folks were on the beach out near Point Conception.

1754 Brown Season

1754 Brown Season

This was snapped back in Brown Season on 11/24 before the rains came. Now it’s all lush and green, and in fact at the moment is under low clouds that are flirting with the misty hills as I look out the window typing this. On that flight, we noticed something new to us: lots of houses like these out past Gaviota where we thought there was just a working ranch.

1762 Lazy Coast

1762 Lazy Coast

I guess you don’t see them either, but in the original hi-res version of this pic I can make out at least a dozen homes. Here’s a closer view of the same area so you might be able to pick out at least three.

1758 Hidden Homes

1758 Hidden Homes

Driving to and from town takes maybe almost an hour from here, so it’s surprising some of these folks don’t have runways. Maybe they’re using helicopters. More likely though, they don’t commute. Maybe they mostly enjoy just Being there, going down to the beach for surfing and all the other benefits of not living in town. Reminds me of living in the Northwest woods one snowy Winter, 10 miles from the nearest paved road. Except for the weather. 🙂

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