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Santa Barbara’s “Merry” Season

(Photo Ken Pfeiffer/Traffic411)

The 2015 holiday season is upon us and Santa Barbara is wasting no time getting into the festive Spirit. Thousands of spectators are expected to line State Street on Friday, December 4th, for the 63rd Annual Downtown Holiday Parade. Starting at … [Continue reading]

Industry leaders converge in CA’s oil country

Texas oil wildcatter T. Boone Pickens chats with Greta Lydecker, VP of Chevron, at the 2015 West Kern Petroleum Summit (Photo: Traffic411)

What do a Texas oil tycoon, a California Congressman and a TV game show have in common? They were all in attendance at the recent West Kern Petroleum Summit (#WKPSummit2015) in Kern County. Hometown hero and Bakersfield native, Rep. Kevin McCarthy … [Continue reading]

Taft’s Oildorado Days

The Oildorado Days 'sheriff' and his posse rounded me up, fortunately I was able to talk my way out of going to jail! (Photo Traffic411)

I probably have my father to thank for my love of driving and the open road. As a child, my family was heading off on a road trip nearly every weekend in the summer, often to waterski at Lakes Naciemento or Mead. So, when I had a chance to attend … [Continue reading]

Stuck on Highway 166

A rainbow appears over the Cuyama Valley as stranded travelers sit for hours in their car waiting for Highway 166 to be cleared of debris after the roadway flooded. (Photo: Traffic411)

When I set out for Kern County on Friday morning I was looking forward to taking the 166 from Santa Maria to Taft. My original plan to take the 33 up and over Ojai and into Maricopa was scratched due to the mudslides caused by flash flooding a day … [Continue reading]

La Purisima Mission

If the recent Canonization of Father Junipero Serra has piqued your interest in California history, you might want to visit some of the Golden State's historic missions. Several of these religious outposts are located along the Central Coast. Old … [Continue reading]

Old Spanish Days Fiesta

Dancing at Santa Barbara's Old Spanish Days Fiesta (Photo: Ken Pfeiffer/Traffic411)

Santa Barbarans are spending the week celebrating their beautiful city's heritage, and you're invited to attend many of the free events taking place around town. Old Spanish Days Fiesta runs from August 5-9, 2015. The city comes alive with … [Continue reading]

Gaviota Side Trip: Nojoqui Falls Park

Here's a fun little side trip the next time you drive Highway 101 in Santa Barbara County between the Gaviota Coast and Solvang:  Nojoqui Falls Park & The Farm-Stead. The Farm-Stead is a cute little store that sells fresh organic produce, and … [Continue reading]

Visit Santa Barbara: Refugio State Beach reopens

The last remaining State Beach closed since a pipeline ruptured in May, sending 100,000+ gallons of oil gushing onto the shore and into the ocean, is now open.  While campers and beach goers are allowed to return, news of the spill has caused a lot … [Continue reading]

SB Solstice Floats Before & After

It was so much fun visiting the Community Arts Workshop (the "CAW") to watch Santa Barbara Solstice Parade artists and float builders at work.  What a difference a few days made as far as the process of their creations.  I know at least one artist … [Continue reading]

Sound like a Santa Barbara Local

Just about any newcomer to California will tell you that it's not always easy pronouncing the names of some of our streets and cities. Many of the names are inspired by early Spanish or Mexican settlers, which probably sound quite foreign to out of … [Continue reading]