February 10-11 2012
Enjoying a stroll in the delightful Santa Barbara Botanic Garden with Nancy and Michi.
Including Montecito, Santa Ynez, Solvang, Ojai, etc.
There’s another dog just like this one, also the color of the road only 10 years younger, both so friendly and lovable.
In the morning the dogs wandered through the house with thick, caked mud on their ‘legs’ up to their ‘knees’, shedding, licking, and passing gas, the state of so many dogs of my acquaintance.
Back in town now to go with Michi to the harbor to watch her ukulele group play. It was fun, and an inspiration!
Michi is always trying to get folks to say ukulele as you would in Hawaiian…oo-(as in moose)-coo-leh-leh. She’s about as successful as I am pronouncing karaoke as you would in Japanese…kah-rah-oh-ke. It’s just not going to take with the folks. How karaoke turned into care-ree-oh-key looks to me like a nice topic for a term paper.
I arrived around sunset and headed right up to Meditation Mount. What they say: “Our Mission is to promote the building of an enlightened and compassionate world through the power of creative meditation, inspirational educational programs, and community-based events focused on the practical application of the following universal spiritual principles.”
It’s a wonderful setting and speaks to the whole sense of Ojai and perhaps what it is Beatrice Wood found so inspiring.
The Presidio and some details from their website: ‘Founded April 21, 1782, the Santa Barbara Royal Presidio was the last in a chain of four military fortresses built by the Spanish along the coast of Alta California, then a wilderness frontier. Others had been established at San Diego, San Francisco and Monterey.
‘Padre Junípero Serra, well known for his leadership in founding the California missions, blessed the site of the Santa Barbara Presidio four years prior to the establishment of the Mission of Santa Barbara in 1786. El Presidio de Santa Bárbara State Historic Park encompasses much of the original Presidio site and is located in modern downtown Santa Barbara at the intersection of Santa Barbara and East Canon Perdido Streets.’
The Santa Barbara Mission.
Ms Wiki, abridged: Founded December 4, 1786, as the tenth mission for the religious conversion of the indigenous local Chumash—Barbareño tribe of Native American people.
The earthquake on December 21, 1812, destroyed the existing buildings, after which that the construction on the current Mission was begun and then dedicated in 1820. The towers were considerably damaged in the June 29, 1925 earthquake, but were subsequently rebuilt in 1927.
December 10-12, 2008
I spent a lovely couple nights with Michi. Remember Michi, the woman I met in Mexico?
Michi is house-sitting one of those 1920s Montecito estates, Montecito being a really Really upscale town just south of Santa Barbara. Every day we get the NY Times, delivered. We are SO going to miss it when all the newspapers are gone!
I took a short stroll to the beach crossing over the 101. Here’s the thing. You have to convince yourself that the 101 is an ancient river, making travel possible and bringing family, friends, and wealth to your life. Otherwise it’s just a noisy, annoying highway that you can hear from all around town, and it never shuts up.