John & Anne Wiley

2014/01/31

Look Out

One of my fav views from SB is up at the Tooth Rock and La Cumbre Peak area.

0953 La Cumbre Peak

0953 La Cumbre Peak

So one of the things we enjoy doing on short local flights, is climbing past the cool abandoned fire lookout atop La Cumbre Peak. On this particular flight we flew east along the ridge past it for the above view, then later coming back west along the ridge we decided to cross to the north for a look at the river. That gave us this different view of the lookout.

1026 La Cumbre Lookout

1026 La Cumbre Lookout

A few minutes later over the Santa Ynez River, we could see a different kind of fire look out. Because we’ve been in extreme drought, the normal river flow for this time of year has dried to this extent of a few isolated stagnant rock pools like these two on opposite sides of the concrete river crossing road.

1030 Dry SY River

1030 Dry SY River

On normal years if the flow is low enough it’s fun to drive slowly through the river. As it is, we’re all instead on the look out for wildfires. Any time there’s smoke around town, locals on Edhat are checking to see if they need to start packing their valuables. Since this flight we’ve had a few sprinkles, and we all hope real rain may follow.

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