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URBAN HIKE

Lower Riviera Urban Hike
updated: Aug 06, 2011, 9:30 AM

By Stacey Wright & Peter Hartmann

This week we continued our quest to walk all 256 miles of public streets within the city limits of Santa Barbara. It was a pleasant little hike that took us past historic streets, beautiful homes, stunning views and a few other cool things.

During this hike we covered the following streets: We started at De La Guerra Street and De La Guerra Road, and wandered up De La Guerra Rd (covering all the side streets) until we came to Alameda Padre Serra (APS). At APS, we turned right and headed west toward Garcia. We must note that despite the beauty, APS is NOT a "walker-friendly" street and can be downright dangerous. Next, we headed down Garcia Road, turning at Ferrelo Rd, covering Rubio, Paseo Ferrelo, Medio, and East. Then we headed down E. Canon Perdido, turning right at N. Alisos, and then headed back up E. De La Guerra Street. Lastly, we walked down Chiquita Road and over to Diana Road. This made a loop of sorts...not a perfect loop, but a loop nonetheless.

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Our starting point - De la Guerra squared

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An ingenious mailbox, like several we passed in the neighborhood

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A million dollar view from De La Guerra Terrace

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We love this nostalgic sandstone column.

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This peace-out mailbox was so "right on". Does anyone know where we could get these cinderblocks? We mean it.

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We went to school with the guy who lived in this super cool mid-century marvel. We dig it.

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So...are we in Pueblos Blancos, or are we still in Santa Barbara?

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We don't know the Williams, but we like their address sign post.

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It was a warm Saturday morning…the other side of this instrument told us the time - it was just after 8:00.

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This is just about the coolest entrance we have seen on any of our hikes…and we loved the guard Chihuahuas with fur standing up on their backs. They had us on the run for sure…

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This Ferrelo homeowner's threat to the neighbors looks pretty serious

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It got us to wondering how in the world he/she would be able to "deliver" on the threat…and then we saw the numerous surveillance cameras…this persons is not "messing" around!

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This little sanctuary is most idyllic - we think it is Simply Santa Barbara.

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And then there are these two abodes worth mentioning for their unique beauty…They are on E. Canon Perdido Street.

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While we're on the home tour, we thought we'd show you a view home whose owner has a great sense of humor. The first pic shows the house…we had to severely edit the picture by completely overexposing it, but we did so in order to let you read the interior sign, which is visible from the street. There must be kids or grandkids involved in this homeowner's life…

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Here's the outside of the house …

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This is the view looking west from the top of De La Guerra Street at APS.

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It's not a gorilla, but it is a dragon…and we think it's a pretty unique motif for a rain gutter.

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This is the street sign for a little known street that is both bucolic and out-of-the-way. It made us think of local Josh Brolin's beautiful wife…but then again her name is Diane, and not Diana. Does anybody know some interesting history about this road?

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For anyone wanting to take a quick and scenic urban hike, this one is really sweet…

And now we diverge for a moment….Regarding the reader response to last week's article about sidewalk marks and stamps: We really appreciated your comments and suggestions and will definitely do a follow-up piece in the near future. It will feature several additional rare and wonderful sidewalk marks and stamps…we're just thrilled that you like this stuff as much as we do. And if anyone wants to catalog the stamps in our town (historians, walkers, scouts looking to earn badges, "stamp collectors" or anyone else looking for a new project) let us know and we will be happy to help in any way we can. We loved the suggestion of making a catalog similar to the one the City of Portland has put together…

As always we encourage you to go on foot and explore our wonderful community, to discover new and different things and above all, to keep your eyes, ears and minds open in your travels.

 

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