By John Wiley
Walking half the length of Goleta Beach takes longer than flying from SBA to the very different beauty of Santa Ynez Valley. Climbing from our blue coast, a fire break on the front range forms a contrast at the burned edge. The dry East end of Lake Cachuma wears camouflage colors meeting the Santa Ynez River, as our memories of lake waters there fade. Looking back, the coast pulls a soft blanket from distant islands to mountain feet.