“It was in me to understand this, for I knew my own bit of longing for the wild places. I am a man not given to cities, nor crowded walks of men. I like the long winds upon my face, the stirring of miles of grass bending before the wind, the cloud shadows upon the plain, the lure and lift of far hills.”

Louis L’Amour “Mojave Crossing”

Jack Elliott was born at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, California. This is his weblog.

The web address was inspired by a book written by the late local historian Walker A. Tompkins titled The Yankee Barbarenos: The American Colonization of Santa Barbara County, California 1796-1925.

The featured quote on the homepage is taken from The Santa Barbara Guide, which was published in 1941 as part of the American Guide Series “compiled and written by the Southern California Writers’ Project of the Work Projects Administration.”

Jack Elliott’s Santa Barbara Adventure was founded as a casual destination for insight and information on the natural splendor and history of Santa Barbara and the surrounding region, as well as outdoor adventure and recreation related content.

Through a combination of journal entries and articles, Jack hopes his weblog will serve as an informative, entertaining and inspiring source for practical information, local lore and brief adventure narratives in a manner that reflects the bounty and beauty of the Tri-county region (Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo).

Or something like that. . .

Los padres National Forest, Santa Barbara County

All rights reserved.

All content, including text and images, published on this weblog are the sole property of Jack Elliott unless otherwise noted.



27 Responses to About

  1. Alaina says:

    Hi Jack,
    My name is Alaina and I’m the Chair of the American Indian Student Association at UC Santa Barbara. We are creating a publication for the recruitment and retention of Native students and were wondering if it would be possible to use some of your pictures of Santa Barbara in the book. We would of course credit you and include you on our “thank you” page. This book is being completed fully by volunteer work and contributions, and is not for profit. Please email me at alaina.elizabeth@yahoo.com

    Thank you for your time.

  2. G says:

    i really liked some of the images that your site has. great. keep sharing.

  3. Hi Jack, thanks for visiting my blog and page about Old Rag Mountain in Shenandoah. In visiting your blog, I’ve now have a great yearning to get out to Santa Barbara. How fortunate you are to live near such a fabulous place ! Perhaps one day I’ll get out there.

  4. Darek says:

    Hi Jack,
    thank you for visiting our blog and liking it
    I looked through yours and I am inspired to visit the Santa Barbara’s back country now, I like your waterfall section especially
    nice blog

  5. Hello Jack – Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love your photos! ~Sherry~

  6. Maggie L R says:

    Beautiful photos, I like what I have seen and read on your blog

  7. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for visiting my blog and I’m glad you enjoyed the photos. You’ve had some amazing adventures – I love your images. I’ll keep checking back!

  8. Jo Woolf says:

    Thanks for visiting my blog and I’m glad you enjoyed the photos. You’ve had some amazing adventures – I love your images. I’ll keep checking back!
    (PS – sorry, didn’t realise I had to fill in an ID the first time!)

  9. Pam says:

    Santa Barbara is one of my favorite places! We explored the area often – just fabulous!

  10. Max Reynolds says:

    Because I enjoy your blog so much I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger award; http://www.versatilebloggeraward.wordpress.com.

  11. I’ve enjoyed your blog so much that I have nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award. Congratulations ! For more information, just link to my page:


  12. katehobbs says:

    I think I need to read more of your blog. Just read the one on Ticks, and haven’t had my breakfast yet!!!
    Thanks, too, for visiting my blog and liking it.

  13. rommel says:


  14. Hi Jack! Thanks for visiting my blog “Eyes to Heart” and liking my post “Wave Form …” … Your blog brings back memories of when my husband and I were passing through Santa Barbara on our way up to San Francisco a few years ago. I wish now we’d had time to stop and explore this lovely area. We were fortunate, though, to see seven rainbows between LA and Santa Barbara during our drive along the coast. One of my favourite memories of the trip. … Hope I can get out there again one day … Be well, Dorothy 🙂

  15. Deb G. says:

    Kudos, Jack!

    I’m a fan of your writing and your adventures. Your photography isn’t too shabby either.;-)

    I would love to write about and document my adventures in a blog but I don’t because I don’t want some potential idiot to come along and ruin a pristine place. As an outdoors person, I find myself rather selfish and secretive about my favorite wilderness places. How do you balance the give and take or, rather, what is your philosophy on sharing such intimate places with Joe-Public and his potentially idiotic and insane cousin Guido?

    ~Deb G.

  16. Hi Jack ! I’m back ! Somehow wordpress had dropped my follow and just rediscovered you as I think you stopped by today for a visit. Bella

    • Jack Elliott says:

      Hey Bella. I just saw that you had signed up to follow, but thought you had done so awhile ago. Thanks for rejoining! I do enjoy your nature photography. I suppose I should make that known more often. I was driving around SB the other day and thought of your collection of photos of the town.

  17. GMH says:

    Jack — I accidentally (or maybe it was incidentally) happened to find your blog and I really enjoy your musings and revelations about the natural history of Santa Barbara County. Keep it up!

    Geoff in SLO

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