Summer Eve

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By John Wiley

Often the air on our beaches is cool, when just a quarter mile up it's much hotter - and sometimes bumpy.

That was our greeting Wednesday evening, as a Sundowner was blowing heat out over the ocean while a cool breeze wafted ashore below it. Elings Park still sported a soft splash of yellow near the paraglider launch.

Nearby, many people were cooling off and hopefully social distancing at Hendry's. Green was giving way to brown at More Mesa. UCSB was so deserted that on the full-size version of this pic we counted only eight people on campus. More people were enjoying the beach and surf at Coal Oil Point.

When will we be welcoming visitors who glimpse the beautiful scenery flying into our lovely town again?

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tinker1 May 09, 2020 08:29 AM
Summer Eve

I clicked on this because I thought it was an ad for feminine hygiene

a-1588961739 May 08, 2020 11:15 AM
Summer Eve

Thanks for staying offshore to minimize the noise disruption of those below.

Shasta Guy May 07, 2020 07:54 PM
Summer Eve

Thanks for your bird’s eye view of our beautiful area. I was driving back from Northern California Wednesday night and experienced the sundowners too. It was in the 50s on 101 just south of Buellton, but when I dropped over the pass into Gaviota the temp jump to 78 with winds.

Niles Sterner May 07, 2020 02:26 PM
Summer Eve

Many of the new cases are coming out of the Lompoc prison. Testing is also expanding rapidly. This will uncover more positives, especially as we test asymptomatic individuals. At the prison, they tested 100% of the population. This uncovered a substantial amount of positive cases. The numbers are concerning but we should rest easier knowing who is infected and who is not. The rate of hospitalizations is a better measure of our County's ability to handle the outbreak.

John Wiley May 07, 2020 01:01 PM
Summer Eve

Beach C-19 spike?! I just checked out the new COVID-19 maps & charts on and it seems SB County is having a spike in new cases. I went to and then clicked on the Public Dashboard chart (or link below it). The top graph there is encouraging, showing Positive Cases going down statewide. Then if you click on SB Co. in the left column, you see that our cases have gone from 6 to 24 in three days! Now I'm wondering about those large groups we saw on the beach at Hendry's. It's also surprising to me that we have so many cases per capita, compared with the much larger population in Ventura County. Should we be worried, or are these numbers skewed by incomplete or incorrect data?

taz May 07, 2020 12:37 PM
Summer Eve

Such pretty views of our lovely town. Thank you :)

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