San Antonio Creek
Goleta in general is off the beaten path, but San Antonio Creek hiking trail at the backside of the small Tuckers Grove Park is one of the many places when you can get away without going anywhere, or dealing with strenuous hikes. San Antonio creek forms a nice canyon, and while housing springs up on both sides when hiking along the trail you can feel isolated from the sub-urban world that surrounds you.
The trail isn’t long and isn’t steep (with the exception of a few short places, like where there is a flood dam), but it offers a good hike through some central coast canyon flora. There are probably better hikes in the area with more spectacular scenery, but in Goleta most of those run along the beach so this hike towards the hills isn’t a bad introduction.
Goleta is the remnants of what the Santa Barbara area was known for. It is a community that still resembles a town with many Mom and Pop stores and Restaurants in abundance whereas its close neighbor, Santa Barbara, has evolved into a city, full of chain stores, yet retaining all of the beauty Santa Barbara has been known for for years, yet has lost its small city/town soul and spirit.
Goleta is a spectacularly beautiful setting nestled between the wonderful beaches of the Pacific Ocean and the 4,000 ft Santa Ynez Mountains. Its origins as cattle ranches and orchards have osince the early 1970's been shrunk in size to make way for some of the United States most advanced research and development facilities . Goleta is an l city of approx.25,000 a few miles to the north of Santa Barbara. The University of California at Santa Barbara is located here It is a major community asset, economically as an employer and as an educational resource. UCSB is home to five Nobel prize winners. Two Nobel Prizes were awarded October 2000 to Herbert Kroemer, professor of electrical and computer engineering (research on developing semiconductor heterostructures used in high-speed optoelectronics which began in the 1950's helped revolutionize the way plastics are used and manipulated within technological industries. Such everyday uses are bar codes, cell phones and laser products) and to
Alan J. Heeger, professor of Physics and Materials.
Lake Los Carneros
When I can I like to bring my work with me to this park find a nice spot to sit and watch the people and wildlife (mainly birds) and pretend to get my work done. Really I like to try taking differet types of pictures. As always there end up being way more sunset pictures then necessary, but those in this log are there because a wildfire in the mountains added a smokey haze. While horrible in itself the smoke in the air makes for rather unique lighting.
Although I have been to the park many times I always seem to find a new little trail to follow, one near the edge of the park led to this tree which I found rather interesting
I guess if there is still water and an flaming orange sun a picture like this is bound to appear.
Same smokey day, just a little bit earlier in the evening.
One of the many groves a tree where one can find shade.