November 17, 2005 - Ed Sees More
As you fly into Santa Barbara from the South, you may have noticed that just before you land, the plane goes right over a large swatch of open land. You probably know that this swatch of land is called More Mesa. You might even know some people who live in one of the homes that border the open space. But some people (like all the members of the dedicated staff of edhat.com who combine for over 50 years of Santa Barbara living) have never walked on the Mesa.
That was until this week, mind you. On Tuesday, we ventured over to More Mesa to take a picture for our Wednesday Where Is It (WWII). And yesterday, we went back to hike the trails. In case you missed it, Wednesday was a beautiful day of sunshine. There are not many trees on More Mesa to shade hikers from the sun, but that was not a problem.
On Wednesday, the temperature was a perfect balance between not-too-hot and not-too-cold. Some might say it was temperate.
On the Mesa, things were spectacular. Being in the middle of such a large amount of open space is not an experience we get to have very often in these parts – especially land that is so flat. But more impressive than the openness, are the views of the mountains and the ocean. The cliffs above the ocean provide a coastal viewpoint that is second to none. Even the occasional sighting of a naked sunbather on the beach does not stir you from your appreciation of the natural beauty.
More Mesa is named after T. Wallace More, who owned the land in the late 1800’s, and his brother John More, who inherited the land after T. Wallace’s death. The fact that there is only one ‘O’ in More is a dead giveaway that Kelly Moore, former Edhat Person of the Week, is not a descendant of the former land owners.
In the early years, the land was used for agriculture and oil exploration.
In the 60’s when building in Goleta was the rage, the development of 800 golf course homes was proposed, but did not go through. In the 70’s, 750 golf course homes were proposed. But after the developer was arrested for trying to bribe a County official, those plans failed as well. The current owner of the land is still holding out hope of turning the land into profit.
Today, land trusts and citizen groups are working hard to stop any development on the 300-acre piece of land. The White Tailed Kite is the red-legged frog of More Mesa. Scientists have warned that building on the land will harm the bird’s habitat. It’s any kite in a storm for people who want to keep open space open.
When it was time to leave the Mesa, instead of going back the way we came, the dedicated staff tried a different route.
It seemed like we were going in the right direction at first, but after a while in seemed like we were trapped in a labyrinth, and at any minute a minotaur would jump out of the bushes and gobble us. Fortunately, we kept our heads about us and eventually we got out.
In yesterday’s contest, the top vote getter was the Wilcox Property / Douglas Reserve. Elwood also received many votes. Thirty-five contestants picked More Mesa. That is way too many biscuits for the Edhat dog to consume. Instead, we used our Edhat proprietary pick-a-number-out-of-a-hat virtual reality simulator to chose the winner. Nix was chosen as the winner of an Edhat hat or t-shirt.
Check out all the great pictures we took at More Mesa yesterday.
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