John & Anne Wiley

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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