Orange Crush, Part I
By Lynda Millner   |   August 29, 2019

Seventeen Montecito Bank & Trust’s MClub members climbed aboard a Santa Barbara Air Bus charter headed for Orange County for a jam-packed 36 hours of sightseeing, art appreciation, wining, and dining with our trusty leader and MClub director, Maria McCall. En route to the Christ Cathedral in Garden Grove we munched on scones from Jeannine’s […]

Spring and Summer Tree Care and Wildlife Safety
By Claire Garvais   |   May 16, 2019

by Claire Garvais and Emily Komessar It’s Baby Season! Hundreds of owlets, squirrels, woodpeckers, and hummingbirds are nice and cozy in nests of all shapes and sizes throughout Santa Barbara County. Some of these babies will fall prey to forces of nature; they may fall out of their nests early or be harassed by natural […]

 

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Half Moon Bay: A “Country Mouse” Getaway
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To get to Half Moon Bay, we had driven up U.S. 101 through crawling traffic in San Jose, dodged the pushy Porsches and Tesla jockeys of Silicon Valley, and finally twisted and turned our way over a busy road through the Santa Cruz Mountains. At the end, though, waited a quiet little farm town called […]

Not Just the Valley Floor
By Chuck Graham   |   May 2, 2019

I think after midnight I gave up on those stiff, piercing, westerly winds lying down. It was blowing 50 mph and the temps were in the mid-20s on Wildrose Peak, but the views were easily worth every frigid gust the Mojave Desert had to offer. I decided not to bring a tent to Death Valley […]

Winter in Iceland
By Dale Zurawski   |   May 2, 2019

Walking off the plane and onto the icy runway, the message from Icelandair’s screen came to mind; the most amazing thing about Iceland is not the fact that it’s the third windiest place in the world, it’s the fact that hardly anyone lives in the first and second places. Don’t worry, Iceland is worth the […]

Wildlife Resolutions
By Claire Garvais   |   January 10, 2019

Many of us have New Year’s resolutions for 2019. It’s common to shoot for the stars and find out that two weeks into January our resolutions are more difficult to keep up than we thought. Not to worry! Here’s an easy resolution to stick with all year: saving wild lives. The finches at our feeders, […]

Across Canada by Train:The Brochure vs. the Reality
By Jerry Dunn   |   December 6, 2018

It was ten at night, and two weary travelers stood at Track 17 at Toronto’s Union Station, waiting to board The Canadian. The brochure for this flagship of Canada’s VIA Rail system had promised “comfortable accommodations” in “superior sleeper cabins,” and we were filled with the anticipation of looking out our window as the train […]

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A Walk on the Wild Side
By Joanne Calitri   |   September 27, 2018

The Wilderness Hiking Speaker Series hosted by the SB Public Library on September 20, was with renowned wilderness animal tracker, interpreter, and teacher James Lowery, along with his wife, Mary E. Brooks, to more than 45 attendees. The presentation titled “Animal Tracking Secrets” is part of an ongoing series to teach all range of wilderness […]

High Plains Paddling
By Chuck Graham   |   April 5, 2018

Surely Clint Eastwood didn’t envision Mono Lake as a sublime paddling destination during the filming of the 1973 Western classic High Plains Drifter, but today that high-desert realm located in California’s Eastern Sierra is just that, with a few surprises along the way. I had heard you needed a permit to paddle the expanse of […]

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Full Moon Fever
By Chuck Graham   |   March 22, 2018

I think I was suffering from anxiety. Wracking my brain trying to figure out where to position myself for that rare event of a super moon, blue/blood moon and lunar eclipse, a simultaneous solar systematical natural wonder that hadn’t occurred since 1866, I had to force myself to choose. I finally settled on the Carrizo […]

Maine Round-Up
By Tim Buckley   |   March 1, 2018

An Abbreviated Guide to the Holiday Coast of Maine (In our first thrilling installment, we took a family vacation to Maine. Today we look at popular vacation spots along the state’s coast, from north to south.) Bar Harbor Where: In what Maine folks call “Down East” (which is actually up, toward Canada). Bar Harbor lies […]

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
By Lynda Millner   |   January 11, 2018

Advice from a tree: Stand tall and proud, remember you roots, reflect the light of your true nature, drink plenty of water, enjoy the view! My son Dane and daughter-in-law Alli live in Three Rivers, California. Where is that, you ask? Head for Bakersfield and Visalia, turning toward the right following the signs to get […]

Summer Classic: A Vacation on the Coast of Maine
By Jerry Dunn   |   December 14, 2017

“There’s No Such Thing as ‘Fun for the Whole Family’.” – Jerry Seinfeld Funny! … and true? Recently, I had the chance to run a field test. When I turned (a boyish) 70, my wife gave me a remarkable present: I could choose a trip anywhere in the world. My mind flooded with ideas: seeing […]

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By Lynda Millner   |   December 7, 2017

Salsa and cigars, rum and mojitos, music and the Tropicana nightclub, 1950s cars. Icons of Cuba. Christopher Columbus is touted to be the first tourist in 1492, but I don’t think he found a nightclub or cigars. My husband, Don, and I went to Cuba on our honeymoon in 2002 with the Museum of Art […]

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