Last week we had a grand visit to Santa Barbara. The boat harbor was across the street from where we stayed – so we walked near the water every day. We walked the sidewalk next to W. Cabrillo Blvd. lined with tall palms.
We zigged and zagged around parking lots and boat ramps. The next picture is near the Los Baños Del Mar – a public swimming pool. And yes, people were swimming in February.
We walked out Stearns Wharf looking in every direction. I loved seeing mountains. Mountains and ocean together – can hardly be beat. The wharf provided shipping and now sports several restaurants and shops and a Sea Center. Built in 1872, it’s the oldest wooden working wharf in California. (Of course, I read signs on the wharf about several fires.)
Another part of the view is of oil rigs. Not part of our Northern California view – it takes some getting used to. Our camera and phone pictures seem to blur them on the horizon.
One day trying to find more parks – we headed back to the ocean and found Shoreline Park. To the west of the main part of Santa Barbara – this trail starts off of Shoreline Dr. near San Rafael Ave.
Or follow the trail to Leadbetter Beach in .75 of a mile. and in a mile reach the boat harbor. It’s over 2 miles to Stearns Wharf and over 3 miles to the busiest volleyball courts in the sands at the east end of the coastline.
Words by Lynn Millar, pictures my Lynn and Mike Millar.