Back in Napa

I was at the VIP Workshop in Napa again last week. The location is rather stunning, and it doesn’t hurt that they encourage a glass of wine be consumed during the whole checkin process.

Dusk from Stearns Wharf

Another day of my mother’s visit was spent exploring Santa Barbara’s Urban Wine Trail, ending with dinner on Stearns Wharf.

Hiking Inspiration Point above Santa Barbara

During my mother’s visit last week, we hiked the Inspiration Point Trail above Santa Barbara.

It was an enjoyable 3+ miles, though more strenuous than any of us expected based on the trail descriptions we read. Nonetheless, we had a great time!

I tracked our efforts with MapMyFitness: http://www.mapmyfitness.com/workout/1343364587.

Ponderosa Canyon overlook, Bryce Canyon National Park

As Chris and I continue our trip home from Automattic’s annual gathering, we stopped at Bryce Canyon National Park. It had been cloudy and raining most of the day, but a brief break in the weather worked in our favor.

Manitoba Legislative Building

I spoke at WordCamp Winnipeg last weekend, and spent Sunday wandering the city with a colleague and friend.

I didn’t take many photos, but the interior of the Manitoba Legislative Building was too nice to ignore. The light coming in from overhead gave the final photo some interesting coloring, though.

High above Santa Barbara and the Santa Ynez River

I took a drive into the Los Padres National Forest above Santa Barbara yesterday, hoping to escape the June Gloom and check out a possible hiking trip that would include a visit to the Gibraltar Reservoir and dam. Driving CA 154 west from its junction with US 101, the road climbs quickly into the mountains, allowing one to escape the low cloud cover rather quickly.

The first photo looks out over Santa Barbara and the Pacific Ocean. Visible are the clouds characterized as June Gloom, and in the distance, the peaks of Santa Rosa island just barely make an appearance.

The second photo looks over the Santa Ynez River as it flows from Gibraltar Dam towards the Pacific. Since the flow is controlled (Gibraltar Reservoir provides drinking water for Santa Barbara), much of the river basin below the dam is a recreation area and includes swimming holes, campsites, and hiking trails.

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Sunday at the beach

On Sunday, Chris and I headed to the beach. We initially tried to visit Faria Beach, but as the first photo shows, that wasn’t so suitable. We finally settled at Surfers Knoll, which was enjoyably quiet and uncrowded.