Monthly Archives: February 2012

Manzana Creek Schoolhouse (1893)

Manzana schoolhouse, Santa Barbara County Historical Landmark No. 2. “I got paid $50 a month for teaching and paid $14 for room and board, and that was a shared bed at that, with at least one or two children.” —Cora … Continue reading

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Potrero Canyon, Hurricane Deck, Manzana Creek 20 Mile Day Hike

The circuit I hiked noted on Bing imagery. I woke early and hit the super slab driving up over the Santa Ynez Mountains, across the Santa Ynez Valley and over Figueroa Mountain to the lower Manzana Creek trailhead in the … Continue reading

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The Death of Happy Jack (1879)

A photo of a whiskey lovin’ drunk circa 1907. Nineteenth century police blotter from the Ventura Signal newspaper, March 1, 1879: Daniel Collins, commonly called “Arizona Jack,” or “Happy Jack,” died at Saticoy on the night of the 25th of … Continue reading

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The Carrizo Experience: Ten Hours on the Plain IV

This post is the fourth and final installment in a series. Read the first here: Ruminants on the Range. The second here: The Bedrock Mortars of Selby Rocks. And the third here: The Pictographs of Painted Rock. An aerial view … Continue reading

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Valley Oak in Winter Light

A California valley oak (Quercus lobata) standing along Happy Canyon Road in Santa Barbara County.

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