John & Anne Wiley

2016/01/09

Snow Day

Filed under: Flying,Happiness,Has Photos,Nature,Random,SB Region — John @ 03:35

We thought today would be a “rain” day when we could see waterfalls and other evidence of the recent downpour. Instead it was more a snow day as we relished all the distant white capped peaks on the San Rafael and Sierra Madre mountain ranges back beyond our familiar Santa Ynez “front” range. Like this view northeast past the popular East & Butterfly Beaches. How many strolling the strand know there’s snow up there?

7487 Snow Beyond Beaches

7487 Snow Beyond Beaches

Those mountains aren’t very far, and some day maybe we’ll have good roads up to the peaks where Santa Barbarians can take a short drive to play in snow. For now though, peaks like this are beyond the reach of most terrestrial vehicles.

7237 Far & High

7237 Far & High

Far beyond the white VOR air navigation cone on East Camino Cielo, the first high ridge seems a great distance yet is only a few miles. A quick trip in Tripp, but of course nowhere to land. At least not where we could easily take off again. A few miles more distant though, the peaks around Pine Mountain are half a mile higher, and more often have solid snow caps.

7223 Solid White Cap

7223 Solid White Cap

Looking past West Camino Cielo above Hwy.154 and Painted Cave beyond it, this wider view makes the nearer mountains look higher because we’re below them.

7218 Looking Up

7218 Looking Up

Maybe before there are paved roads up to ski lifts, maybe people will get helicopter rides up to play in the powder. Meanwhile, we can take a few minutes in Tripp to at least take in the snow view.

2016/01/05

Somewhere Over

Filed under: Happiness,Has Photos,Inner World,Nature,Random,SB Region — John @ 03:13

One of our favorite songs is “Over The Rainbow” and there are two additional verses, including this stanza:

When all the clouds darken up the skyway
There’s a rainbow highway to be found
Leading from your window pane
To a place behind the sun
Just a step beyond the rain

Somehow that song fits into my flying dreams, such that aviation and rainbows mingle with Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now” song in my heart. With the El Niño rains predicted to begin here tomorrow, I was up on the roof checking and fixing stuff. Yet it was Anne working on the ground who first looked up and saw this apparition hovering over “our” mountains.

7128 First Rainbow

7128 First Rainbow

Our first rainbow of the year, and one of relatively few in recent years, had a bright left edge. Fading in and out across the arc, it ended in a diagonal cloud shadow that seemed to point toward the coming storms. The vibrant colors seem to foretell the return of green to our mountains. Yay! 🙂

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