Posted in Photo of the Week

Photo of the Week: March 4-10

A rainy spring day at Santa Barbara City College is the setting for this image. Sitting outside eating lunch, all of the classrooms seemed to get out of session at once! Everyone was walking so fast to make the trip to their next destination as speedy and chill free as possible. The mural on the wall provided a sense of stillness in all the commotion, and the bird just sat and watched for someone to drop their bread. Another day goes by.

Posted in Reflections

Neverland: The Isla Vista Story

Isla Vista, California is synonymous with words like angst and rebellion, party and reckless abandon, amazing beauty, and sometime even danger. It truly is a place of its own. A seemingly endless blurry strand, pieced together by what leftover fast food you have in the fridge and what was lying around the house/yard. Madness, that a large portion of society would consider appalling and frightening. But to us it was home. And to us it was beautiful.

The beaches in Santa Barbara are among some of the best for marine life surveys and geology studies. The beach is constantly changing, with different rocky areas popping up and disappearing every time I go back. Surf and paddle board culture is world class in this area, among a solid group of rock climbers and cyclists. The perfect weather combined with smooth rolling hilly roads along the best coastline in California makes this place truly world class.

Hi, my name is “insert name here”. I enjoy long walks on the beach, and partying my face off. . . This is the general concept of the town run by students. If you come to Santa Barbara, you better prepare yourself, because its no holds barred. Mix good friends with cheap liquor, go for a walk around town, sprinkle some vandalism in there and you have your self a successful night. The place is like no other.

An area of much beauty and complexity, many whale watchers gather here, at Sans point to observe everything from seals to dolphins and sharks, many different types of whales and sometimes even orca whales. Up above the beaches, just a short bike ride away are the hills. Steep roads go up to mountain passes that are taken advantage of by sports like drifting and long boarding. Deep in the bushes you can find many rock outcroppings that often hold numerous rock climbing gems.

With the advantage of good weather, outdoor sports are open game almost all year long. And the abundance of good rock climbing, surfing, long boarding, paddle boarding, cycling, and many more sports makes it one of the coolest places I have had the opportunity of living in. Maybe I will be back someday. Until then, this is me…

-Kyle