Walking in Goleta

Spring is a lovely time to walk along the ocean in Goleta, a sweet town next to Santa Barbara. Here are two easy strolls near the ocean.

This is More Mesa. Much of it is out in the open, but there are some areas with trees, too.

Goleta More Mesa


The University of California at Santa Barbara is actually in Goleta. If I had been a student there, I think I would have been distracted by all this beauty.


In honor of April as National Poetry month, here is a link to Santa Barbara Poetry.


Gold Line Adventure: Pasadena

Last year’s spring break took us to Kaua’i. This year found us in Claremont, but we enjoyed a day’s outing to Pasadena via the Gold Line from Azusa.

Although we’ve been to Pasadena many times, this time we followed a suggested self-guided walking tour found in the LA Times.

It started at Castle Green, a former hotel, now condominiums.

Castle Green

It continued down tree-lined streets with lovely homes, and some antique shops.

Our longest stay was at Arlington Park – a 3-acre garden of loveliness.

House Pasadena

Just a block off of the route is a perfect place for a stop – the original Trader Joe’s.

Noguchi Garden in Costa Mesa

Noguchi California

Googling “hidden Orange County” reveals a pocket park (not unlike some in downtown San Francisco) just across the way from Segerstrom Hall and the South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa. Isamu Noguchi’s California Scenario represents forests, deserts, water, and even the lima bean. Yes, the lima bean. Read more about that and see more pictures here.



Mission San Juan Capistrano

San Juan Capistrano plantSan Juan Capistrano is a good half-way point to meet up with friends who now live in San Diego. On a Sunday in good traffic, it takes about an hour to drive there from Claremont. The train from San Diego takes about 90 minutes.

Without much of an agenda except to catch up, we wandered the Mission, cameras in hand and enjoyed the photogenic gardens, ruins, and reconstructed buildings.

March 19 is the traditional day that the swallows return, so all we saw in the skies were clouds.



October 2017 Photo Round-Up

We’re still waiting for fall weather, after what seems like an unseasonably warm October. That didn’t stop traditional autumnal activities.

There was homecoming at CHS.

A morning at Cal State Northridge with clear blue skies showed off the matador mascot. The car got a washing which offered an artistic moment through the windshield, and fall break at the colleges had lights on in the library for two students catching up.

There was the usual decorating of homes for Halloween.

And, a very warm Village Venture.

Bookstores in Ventura County

During our weekend getaway we visited two bookstores, because, well, that’s how we do vacation. In Ventura we spent some time in The Calico Cat Bookshop and ended up buying a book of Gustav Klimt’s artwork.

Even though we didn’t buy any books at Bart’s Books in Ojai, we loved the ambiance. It’s an outdoor bookstore, like an open air market.


I’m sure there’s a plan about how to protect the books from rain, but it wasn’t obvious to the casual book browser.





Maybe I should have bought this book….


Rose Valley Falls

IMG_7241This is fall break at the Claremont Colleges, the weekend chosen to inaugurate Pomona College’s 10th president, Gabrielle Starr. I don’t have a post about the event, as we choose the weekend to get away. I’m sure it was one for the books.

You can read about it at my friend’s blog here.



Instead, we spent the day in and near Ojai, with a short hike (a stroll, really) in the Los Padres National Forest. Perusing a number of choices for hiking, we chose the one with the most shade as California weather has been hot and dry with the Santa Ana winds blowing.

Driving past Ojai, the coastal mountains were clear.


Around a bend we saw the smallest post office in the US. Aside from the closed antiques store next door, I didn’t see anything that might be called Wheeler Springs. We didn’t investigate, but I’m sure there’s civilization somewhere nearby.


The Rose Valley Falls Trailhead starts in a campground and traverses over a few small streams and through some shaded areas, enjoying what passes for fall colors in Southern California.


The falls were not large, but offered a cool spot on a hot day. I would certainly recommend it for families.