Yesterday, the day before Memorial Day 08, we saw beaucoup pelicans near Goleta Beach:
Memorial Day morning we hop in the Toyota and a 15 minute drive takes us from Pelicans and the Pacific into the Mountains:
Word is some of the terrain out yonder gets less rain per year than the Sahara. But as the vegetation in the foreground indicates, this range of mountains, nearest the ocean but on the opposite side from it, gets some rain.
Having been reintroduced into the wilds, a few of the remaining California Condor may still live back in that direction.
That spot of blue in the midrange is a portion of Lake Cachuma, created by the damning of the Santa Inez River and the primary source of water for SB.