We've enjoyed two weeks of perpetual spring in California...took my jacket off when we arrived March 8, and haven't put it on since. We have to keep our jackets/hoodies handy for the return trip--on Thursday Lombard will have a high in the mid-40s.
But that time is coming soon...here's what I wrote this morning, to nobody in particular.
Our last full day in California. We are sitting by the beach just east of Linda's Alma Mater...watching planes take off from the nearby airport, seeing pelicans take off from a runway closer to us, and watching waves roll in. I'm not an expert on tides, but I think it should be going out at this point.
The islands across the channel are visible through the haze, and the wooden pier to our left blocks the view of Santa Barbara's famous (and infamous) offshore drilling rigs.
In a few minutes, Linda and her mentor will be coming here to have lunch at the nearby restaurant (the pier may have something to do with that place). She's spent most of her morning after radiation at the UCSB library, doing some work on an annotated bibliography to go with her Mendelssohn studies.
Pat's reading, and I've actually gotten a few things done, too. After lunch we'll go home...Linda should be ready for a rest by then, and we've got to start organizing our luggage.
This part of California was much greener this time than it has been in our past two visits. Some of it is seasonal (wait a couple of months), but a lot has to do with the uncommonly wet winter they've had. The drought isn't busted in these parts (further north, it has been), but the green of the grasses and leaves is welcome!
Some of the waves are making quite a splash at a breakwater (?) far to our right, beyond the UCSB campus. There are plenty of palms around us, and the largest of the channel islands has a bit of a cloud halo over it.
No trains in sight (Pat says she heard one). But I'll still miss this area.
Railroader Emeritus (practiced railroading for 46 years--and in 2010 I finally got it right!)
CAACSCOCOM--I don't want to behave improperly, so I just won't behave at all. (SM)