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By John Wiley

The moment you lift off from SBA, the fresh new green and deep blue of the Channel evoke a relaxed sigh. A few wonderfully scenic minutes later you're strolling from the L52 airport in Oceano, past the slough just outside the gate. There you can pause to enjoy Fall colors just beginning to emerge in some of the trees. Various waterfowl always offer a show if you care to stop and watch for a moment. Walking toward the beach, friendly people will exchange a few words as vehicles zip by to enjoy driving the sands while it's still allowed.

Nearing the water, surf sounds take over and invite you to feel cool packed sand between your toes and splash in the shallows. Heading back to the airport you might take in the campground where tall dunes give way to a mixed forest. Passing the slough again more birds continue their serenely busy hunting and preening. Back in the air, approaching sunset illuminates Cachuma in magical light and emphasizes how an aerial journey can complement the destination.

After these few hours, our soothed souls give thanks for living in this glorious corner of the world's best country for recreational flight.

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macpuzl Jan 28, 2022 05:40 PM
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Nice to see some green.

John Wiley Jan 28, 2022 06:16 PM
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Wildflowers soon? Did the rain wake them, or was it too early? Anyway, yes the green makes for some magnificent flying now.

a-1643456476 Jan 29, 2022 03:41 AM
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It's early. I'm in the city, but I have a lot of CA poppies in my yard. I have a lot of blooming daisies right now too, but the poppies are growing and getting ready!

Jan 10 2022 DUSA Reports: Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve bloom should start in late February, here is link to web camera.

Jan 5 2022 DUSA Reports: Carrizo Plain National Monument got a good rain in the end of December.

Jan 1 2022 Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve Reports: What a difference 24 hours can make! Since Wednesday 12/29 the Poppy Reserve has received almost 2 inches of rain! Season total is now approaching 6 inches! Very good news!

a-1643457012 Jan 29, 2022 03:50 AM
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I'm embarrassed that I can't remember the local wildflower information phone line! Was/is it through the forest service? or is it private? Wasn't the woman who ran or recorded it a local hikers' and nature lovers' hero(ine)?
I'm sure someone will have the info.

tagdes Jan 29, 2022 10:07 AM
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Helen Tarbet Santa Lucia District

EastBeach Jan 29, 2022 02:36 PM
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To receive Helen Tarbet's Figueroa Mountain wildflower reports each year, send her an email at to get on her list. She emails them out at the start of the season. You can also download the Figueroa Mountain Wildflower Guide to print and take along as a reference ...

Searay Jan 28, 2022 07:00 PM
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Thank you for your great photos!

tMo Jan 29, 2022 05:46 AM
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Thanks for your always great photos John.

a-1643481616 Jan 29, 2022 10:40 AM
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What a beautiful way to start my day! These photos of our Beautiful part of the world are so refreshing! Thanks for sharing with everyone John...

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