Sightings of the 'great' conjunction
Skofield Park - Santa Barbara
Over the Christmas Holiday Phuong and I meet my family in Santa Barbara for 4 days. On our second day we took to the hills. With views of the Pacific Ocean we headed up a steep climb in Skofield Park. The steep climb calls for a descent, an undulating path that was 40 feet above a winding creek. A few tricky valleys meant for some scrambling on logs and boulders. Paragliders soared over our heads taking the windy skies down to the beach miles below.
california steak 🥩
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It took me over 14 years to return, but I've finally made it back to the park. Last time I was here the water level was lowered because of a recent earthquake (this was back in 2006). Where I previously hiked is now submerged, I found old snorkel equipment and fishing tackle. We took a leisurely stroll around the reservoir. It was almost 10 miles round trip. We were pleasantly occupied by the wildlife we spotted: pheasant, coyote, and other birds of prey (I think it was a falcon). We were surprised by a mass gathering during the pandemic, it turned out to be a dog show among the picnic sites. The path was paved the entire way, we might return to rollerblade.
Scale of our Solar System and Beyond
I don't see how my elementary school teachers expected me to be able to visualize this:
NASA, ESA, and B. Sunnquist and J. Mack (STScI)
This video is pretty comprehensive:
A day trip at Powder Canyon
Hiking Box Springs in the Rain: spotting Burros (aka Donkey)
October Santa Ana Winds
The wind yesterday was at another level. We're glad our tree was removed this Summer, we found rot at the core, the winds would have blown it over. That isn't rain it's dirt.