No Mask Required (Part 2)

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By Tom Modugno of Goleta Surfing

So while there were plenty of waves, sometimes we have the need for more solitude.

Lucky for us, we live in Goleta, and there are lots of places to go and hide.

And in the springtime, these places are at their best.

Just a short drive from the beach and we're on top of the coastal range.

That little bit of white water is where we just were in No Mast Required Part 1.

And down the other side is Cachuma.

If you really try, you can get a photo with Cachuma on the left (barely) and the Pacific on the right.

Back in the next mountain range, a whole new world opens up.

The more effort you put in, the better it gets...

The late spring rains gave the backcountry creeks a lot to work with.

And we made the most of it... safely, of course.

We weren't the only ones enjoying the green hills and flowing water.

There's a whole world of creatures hiding in the nooks and crannies.

California Mountain King Snakes.

Bald Eagles.

Friendly Newts.

Horny Newts.

Extremely loud and large Toads.

Snakes that like to swim.

Lots of fish. Mostly Carp I think.

Where do they go when the creeks dry up?

Families of ducks.

And a few humans.

See more on GoletaSurfing.com.

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Eggs Ackley Aug 02, 2020 07:58 AM
No Mask Required (Part 2)

I was just thinking about the Sunbird the other day. Thanks for the pics.

Lucky 777 Aug 02, 2020 11:20 AM
No Mask Required (Part 2)

Truly splendid collection of photos. Well done ! It has always been a secret of Santa Barbara that no matter how crowded the city can feel, within just a few minutes you can be in solitude in nature.

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