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No Mask Required pt.2

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

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

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

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

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

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And down the other side is Cachuma.

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

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

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

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

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

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We weren’t the only ones enjoying the green hills and flowing water…

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

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California Mountain King Snakes.

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Bald Eagles,

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Friendly Newts,

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Horny Newts,

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Extremely loud and large Toads,

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Snakes that like to swim….

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Lots of fish. Mostly Carp I think.

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Where do they go when the creeks dry up?

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….families of Ducks,

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….and a few humans.

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Meanwhile, back down at the coast….

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Spring and early Summer are always nice at the beach.
Before the notorious June Gloom kicks in.

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We love the cold, empty beaches early in the morning.

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And the green bluffs are a joy to behold.

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One day, while walking on a fairly remote beach, we spied an artist up on the bluff,
deeply involved with his artistic endeavor.

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We ventured a little closer to try to see what he was working on…

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With the right lens, I could catch a glimpse of his canvas.

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Pretty good!
Anybody identify this artist?

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A majestic Osprey screeched his approval from above.

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Seems like we’ve been seeing a lot of these guys lately.

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Further down the beach, another kind of artist was making something good out of almost nothing.

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And having tons of fun in just a few inches of water.

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So the moral of the story, despite all the strange circumstances we are experiencing,
fun is where you find it, and beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.

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Now put your mask back on and get back to work 🙂