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Beyond Bacara
updated: Feb 26, 2013, 9:28 AM

By John Wiley

On a recent flight I discovered that the area beyond Bacara has hidden meadows like this one next to the beach, secret arroyos like this one covered in thick brush, and an unusual crop circle that I suppose is some sort of impromptu bike track. I need to go walking out there and check all this out from ground level, and I welcome any tips from those who have explored it.

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 COMMENT 378804 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-26 09:48 AM

The first (top) image is an area known as driftwoods. It is private property and I imagine all the other places shown are too. It did not used to be off limits but the last couple of times I went there a security guard was stationed in a car waiting to shoo people away. You can access the beach by walking in from the east on the beach because the beach is still considered public property.

 

 COMMENT 378807 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-26 09:54 AM

Actually the first picture is the gaping hole that Craig McCaw (Wendy's X) made after he purchased the land, put a rent-a cop out there and mowed all the eucalyptus down without a permit. I believe he was fined (I am sure a mere pittance in his world), and told to stop. His excuse (or wait, his spokesman's excuse): "Eucalyptus is an invasive species." If you go cruising around out there, you will have the COPS called on you and probably get poison oak. So much for galavanting around on the fabulous Gaviota coast.

 

 COMMENT 378809 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-26 09:55 AM

Exactly wihat 804 said, all of the images above are of private property...

 

 COMMENT 378812 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-26 09:58 AM

You never saw any of this, and there's no way to access any of it. Secret spot!

 

 COMMENT 378820 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-26 10:13 AM

None of the above - Aliens have bought the Bacara.

 

 COMMENT 378821 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-26 10:16 AM

I love that stretch of beach! Only during low tide can you get to it.

 

 COMMENT 379118 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-27 06:40 AM

The only invasive species of note here is them pilot/photographer. Still joyriding, spilling out needless pollution for enjoyment. Be as selfish as you like, you're entitled to it.

 

 COMMENT 379138 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-27 07:39 AM

The way I see it, the only invasive species out there is an owner who thinks he can buy, control and destroy mother nature.

 

 COMMENT 379180P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-27 08:44 AM

Weird---picture #3 looks like a shoe imprint.

 

 COMMENT 379212 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-27 09:23 AM

There should be a bounty on Eucs... They are an invasive species. And blogger # 379118, I certainly hope you walk everywhere you go, because you sure sound like a self-righteous indignation type of hater. Don't tell me, you are from the "enlightened" progressive crowd, right?

 

 RED CREEK agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-27 09:28 AM

The first picture is a little cove like area north of the pier, accessible at low tide. It is an interesting place, as the debris generated by the currents in the area wash up here on the beach (hence the name driftwoods?). There was a security guard in the trees and lots of no trespass signs in the meadows. It looks like a geologically active area with a small polluted creek, high bluff along both sides of the arroyo.

With McCaw as owner, it explains the daytime guard. That can get expensive.

 

 COMMENT 379226 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-27 09:31 AM

I can't believe this thread. 212, eucalyptus isn't any different than any (large) number of plants in our area.

There's nothing progressive about actual factual knowledge. all you have to do is educate yourself on local plants, it's not that tough.

If you wanted to eradicate non-native and invasive plants, we'd have about 10 percent of our trees, shrubs and flowering plants left in SB County.

I'm so tired of seeing people claim stuff that they know nothing about. I guess it's easier to insult people online than, you know, take 10 minutes out of your life to learn about the place we live. :(

 

 COMMENT 379232 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-27 09:36 AM

Can anyone imagine a more boring job than sitting in your car, in the trees at a beach that might get 10 people a week wandering its shores?

Then again. Roger, you should look into putting up shop out there... you could have a beach front shack to report from and a BB gun to shoot those pesky trespassers with... kill two birds with one stoned reporter :)

 

 COMMENT 379273 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-27 10:42 AM

The meadow and cove in the first photo were my favorite place to sit and reflect when I was younger. Before that eyesore of the Bacara and subsequent rape and pilage of that section of coastline. The meadow was much smaller then ( beferoe the falling of the euc's) and the stream wasn't "polluted". After a big rain it would blow out a nice sandbar. Lots of driftwood would collect in the the cove and there was usually some kind of lean-to or beach shack constructed from it.
Spent many quiet afternoons enjoying the serenity at the 'Wood, sitting by a nice fire.
Paradise lost.

 

 COMMENT 379285 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-27 10:54 AM

379273 - Just a little perspective.

You came, you settled and you stole the same pristine beauty from others who were there before you... This is / was not your land any more than it was the Chumash or the early settlers or the Bacara's.

Your longing for the past has nothing to do with the realities of life, but more to do with people insistence that what is there, is theirs... its not. It's just there.

 

 COMMENT 379339 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-27 12:03 PM

Oh and further more, just out of the left of the first picture is a creek that is totally been plugged up for a couple years. I will bet there were fish in it at one time, perhaps even steelhead. It has been dammed up further upstream by a reservoir for some ranch. This would be part of the reason the sand is disappearing from in front of the Bacara, Haskells, and many of the other beaches. Something needs to be done about this. Maybe someone should fly upstream?

 

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