Gull's Eye

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By John Wiley

This marked our last flight in the powerful 172Q we call "Tripp" aka N66111, fortuitously on the birthday of the new owner who's coming to fly her with his wife home to FL. Although somewhat smoky and hazy, we enjoyed these "gull's eye" views of some activities we've seen so many times off our beaches. Most unusual this time was someone we noticed kite surfing with no wake, apparently getting a long stretch of "air" before dropping the board and plopping into the water.

The kelp harvest boat was doing a trim off More Mesa. Kayakers were diving in the kelp along the outfall pipe off Goleta Pier. This brief farewell flight in our favorite aircraft is all the sweeter, having taken in scenes like these and being able to share them with you. Before long we'll be flying again, back in the Santa Barbara Flying Club planes we explored the continent in before doing so even more in Tripp.

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taz Aug 26, 2018 11:59 AM
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Thank you for taking me on your magical Tripp :) What a delight. She will be missed. Glad you have more trips ahead - and thank you for sharing so much with the Edhat community.

a-1548104451 Aug 25, 2018 02:01 PM
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Kelp is also sensitive to water temperature, doing better in cooler water.

a-1548104451 Aug 25, 2018 10:45 AM
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John, so you have given up owning your own plane? You're not moving out of Santa Barbara are you?

John Wiley Aug 25, 2018 10:52 AM
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Not completely, but the club has many advantages. Not least a more predictable cash flow, that's a better match to modest retirement income. As for moving, SB is our favorite place. Period. :)

Flicka Aug 25, 2018 08:16 AM
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There used to be a huge swath of kelp off shore and the cutter was there all the time, going back and forth. Strange not to see that much kelp anymore. Thanks for these photos.

AQUAHOLIC Aug 26, 2018 02:41 PM
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Yes, I believe they do. There is a large operation up the coast between Cayucos and Cambria, or at least their was. Huell Howser did a show on it once upon a time. Miss that guy.

biguglystick Aug 26, 2018 11:50 AM
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Is there anything we can do to reintroduce sea otters here and/or otherwise help to conserve our precious sea-life?

John Wiley Aug 25, 2018 02:02 PM
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Abalone farms buy some of the kelp, don't they Aqua? If the wild abalone we used to have here eat kelp, maybe some day the kelp will be restored and it will be possible to re-introduce them. Complex ecosystem we have here I guess. More complex back then perhaps?

John Wiley Aug 25, 2018 01:59 PM
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Interesting info OD, thanks for the clarification. :)

oceandrew Aug 25, 2018 12:27 PM
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Not seastars, or starfish, that eat kelp holdfasts but urchins. And yes, the otters will feast on urchins when they are rich in roe so otters do in fact help in preserving the kelp forests.

AQUAHOLIC Aug 25, 2018 11:41 AM
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Flicka, interestingly, about a month back the kelp beds were thick, the strands long and splayed out upon the water, and I commented to my husband, I wonder when the kelp cutter is going to give them a trim! We walk everyday along the coastal bluffs so we have that "Gulls eye" view like John W.

John Wiley Aug 25, 2018 10:50 AM
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Doesn't kelp grow fast, so cutting the tops doesn't affect it much? I had the impression it grows a foot per day in Summer. Also that the near extinction of our sea otters accounts for the relative paucity of kelp. They used to eat the sea stars and other critters that eat the kelp roots and thus kill it, so when the otters were gone the kelp soon followed. That in turn created an ocean "desert" with no shelter for fish leading to fewer fish. Flying protected areas of our coast where there are otters, we see lots of kelp like we had here in the old days. Are they still trying to re-introduce the otters, along with other efforts like anchoring kelp to restart the forest?

AQUAHOLIC Aug 25, 2018 07:10 AM
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Farewell Tripp, thank you for all the "birds eye" views of our beautiful world, and thank you John and crew for bringing us the beauty in your photographs.

John Wiley Aug 25, 2018 10:42 AM
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Thanks Aqua. I'm curious what new adventures we'll have, and what new scenes we'll snap & share. Maybe the different club planes will provide different views. More fun ahead, regardless. At least until the earmarked savings are gone. :)

Shasta Guy Aug 24, 2018 06:57 PM
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Wow, so you are parting with a dear old friend. I'm glad I got to meet her once. Hopefully many new adventures await in a new craft. Take Care.

John Wiley Aug 25, 2018 10:39 AM
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You nailed it, SG. Tripp's been part of our whole family, and a sister whom we flew from her Bay Area home to visit our uncle in Sacramento tried to talk us out of selling. Also as you said, our aerial adventures now continue in the club fleet. We'll get to see that great bunch of aviators more often now too. :)

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