Blue & Green Guide 2006

Over the Waters and Through the Woods

Our Annual Blue & Green Guide

In one of our region’s oddest years of weather ever, this
year’s cold, wet winter slipped into the June gloom we all know
before we even entered May. But sunshine actually broke through for
a few hours last week, offering us a glimpse of a hopefully bright
summer to come. So it’s with perfect timing — fingers
crossed — that we unveil our annual Blue & Green Guide to the
great outdoors.

This year’s collection features useful articles about
coastal kayaking, fly fishing, wine-country biking, and sunrise
hiking, as well as book reviews and, of course, the
adventure-for-hire outfitter roundup. The centerpiece is a tale of
island exploration and celebration about a trip — just last
weekend, in fact — to Santa Rosa Island, one of our majestic
neighbors that we see across the channel when the sun does
shine.

Read on for a small taste of the outdoors, but go do some of
these activities yourself for the full Blue & Green
feast.

Endangered Isle

An Unknown Tomorrow for Santa Rosa Island
by Matt Kettmann

If there is a collective consciousness for California’s
outdoor-loving population, then the dream we share every night
invariably includes lush woodlands of mossy, gnarled oaks, coastal
peaks topped with massive pines, and sandstone canyons perfectly
sculpted by creative winds. There are also undulating, grassy hills
glowing with wildflowers of the yellow, orange, pink, and purple
variety, flowing creeks choked with croaking frogs and whistling
songbirds, blue skies dotted with birds of prey and etched with
wispy clouds, mountainside caves where rare animals quietly lurk,
and noticeable traces of where the native peoples once lived.

lobo_side_canyon.jpgAnd this being California, there are
certainly beaches in the dream — beaches of all sizes and sorts,
from those with steep dunes, wide sandy plains, and deep blue,
kelp-filled bays to tiny, hidden coves of turquoise water where
surging seas are battled back by crumbling cliffs in the endless
oceanic dance. There is, of course, hardly any development in this
dreamscape, perhaps just some historic ranch structures, a few
shelters for sleeping, picnic benches for eating, and maybe — for
comfort’s sake — a nice toilet and shower. Roads aren’t paved here,
they’re just rocky pathways of dirt, passable only by hiking boot
or four-wheeler. Best of all, people are allowed to roam free,
unfettered by private-property signs and not worried about
dangerous predators or threatened by backcountry lunatics.

Now wake up, because, amazingly enough in this day and age of
sprawl and overdevelopment, this isn’t a dreamscape at all. This is
an up-to-date description of the exact landscape that can be found
right now on Santa Rosa Island, that hunk of land that calls to us
on every clear day from across the Santa Barbara Channel. Sitting
just to the west of Santa Cruz Island — its larger and more visited
sister — Santa Rosa Island is 86 square miles and about 53,000
acres, making it the second largest island of Channel Islands
National Park.

However, unlike Santa Cruz Island — which is only 25 percent
open to the public, with the Nature Conservancy in charge of the
remaining acreage — Santa Rosa Island boasts a full package of
California wilderness, from the Torrey pine grove overlooking
Bechers Bay and the village-like campground up Water Canyon, to the
blooming headlands of Carrington Point and the jaw-dropping wonders
of Lobo Canyon. Even better, visitors to the island are minimal
compared to Anacapa and Santa Cruz, because it lies so far from the
harbors of Santa Barbara and Ventura. It’s an untouched natural
wonderland free from crowds — essentially, the quintessential
outdoor experience.

But the dreamy landscape of Santa Rosa Island is on the verge of
nightmare due to legislation currently making its way through
Congress. Like the island fox that lives there, the island itself
is now endangered thanks to a Republican congressman from San Diego
County named Duncan Hunter, who’s never even visited the
island.

Despite extreme opposition — namely from Rep. Lois Capps,
Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein, and Channel Islands
National Park Superintendent Russell Galipeau — Hunter is pushing
to open the island to military veterans as a hunting resort,
thereby restricting the times that the public can visit, prompting
more infrastructure development, and retreating from the National
Park Service’s goal of conservation. It’s an out-of-the-blue attack
on an extremely pristine place, but nonetheless, it’s creeping
through Congress under the guise of the politically untouchable
annual defense-spending bill.

Island in Jeopardy I’ve known of Santa Rosa
Island’s natural wonders since I first visited there a couple years
ago, having just enough time to hike through the Torrey pine forest
and wander the dunes and sea caves along Bechers Bay. Though my
time there was short, the memory of total freedom in pristine
wilderness remained strong, the island beckoning me back on every
clear day. Last weekend, I finally made my return to the island,
this time for two nights and three days along with 30 of my closest
friends in celebration of my girlfriend’s birthday. (Actually,
thanks to the island’s love-inducing energy, she’s now officially
my fiancée.)

Just like we shocked the crew of the boat Truth with the bulk of
our provisions — our bags and coolers contained everything from
kahlua pork, turkey meatballs, mozzarella-topped polenta, garlic
rolls, and birthday cupcakes to mango mimosas, cases of beer, rare
cheeses, crusty croissants, and more than a case of assorted red
wines — the island managed to amaze us each day and night with its
exceptional glory. Whether we were kayaking or spear fishing,
photographing the lupine and island poppies atop Carrington Point,
hiking the side gorges of Lobo Canyon toward dry waterfalls,
watching the full moon rise over Water Canyon, or just soaking up
rays on the beach, the island never disappointed.

Still, there was a shadow of worry hanging over the trip, thanks
to Rep. Hunter’s legislation. From the second we boarded the Truth
on Thursday night, the buzz about the island’s uncertain future
began. But to understand the island’s possible future, it’s
imperative to first understand the past.

Though humans have been inhabiting Santa Rosa Island for at
least 10,000 years, the history that matters today begins in 1901,
when the Vail and Vickers families began ranching there. That
tradition continued for 90 years, even through the 1986 sale of the
island to the National Park Service. The initial deal allowed the
cattle ranching — and hunting of the introduced Roosevelt elk and
mule deer — to continue until 2011, but environmentalists cried
foul, and sued to stop the cattle ranching in the early ’90s.

The Vail family settled the lawsuit and agreed to take their
cattle off the island; however, as part of the agreement, they were
allowed to keep the elk and deer hunts alive as a commercial
venture. These days, the hunts are organized by an outfitter called
Multiple Use Managers, which offers to the public hunting
expeditions costing anywhere from $5,000 to $17,000 depending on
what you want to hunt and how long you want to stay. Since the
public is restricted to one sliver of the island during the
five-month hunting season — and the nonnative elk and deer
noticeably damage the native flora and fauna, a fact that’s
apparent when hiking in such places as Carrington Point and Lobo
Canyon, which are off-limits to the grazers — the settlement
mandated that those hunts must end in December 2011. At that point,
Multiple Use Managers can remove all of the elk and deer or the
National Park Service will exterminate them from helicopters.

Enter Rep. Hunter, a Vietnam veteran and conservative Republican
from El Cajon who is the chair of the House’s Armed Services
Committee. Last year, after taking a drive along the Pacific Coast
Highway with some returning soldiers from Iraq, he was informed
about Santa Rosa Island, its ongoing hunting program, and the 2011
end date. When one of the soldiers suggested that hunting and
fishing trips there would be a nice way to repay veterans, Hunter
swung into gear and put language into last year’s defense-spending
bill that would have done away with the 2011 deadline. His
announced intent? To make it a seasonal pilgrimage for military
veterans — especially injured and paralyzed ones — for the
indefinite future.

The idea was defeated last year, but it re-emerged a couple of
weeks ago in the 2007 defense bill, with language that would allow
the Pentagon to start calling some shots on the island in January
2009 (including the option for “special operations”). This time,
Hunter is additionally arguing that keeping the herds intact would
be beneficial because many mainland deer and elk are dying from
chronic wasting disease. Critics said he was grasping at straws,
but last week, it cleared the House of Representatives with the
language intact, despite fiery attacks from Rep. Lois Capps.

In one floor speech, Capps explained, “This provision would kick
the public off Santa Rosa Island. … There have been no hearings on
it, the DoD didn’t ask for it, and the Park Service flat out
opposes it. … I can only assume the Republican leadership is afraid
to have a debate about the issue. And I don’t blame them. This
provision is a travesty and they should be embarrassed.” She ended
her May 11 speech by suggesting, “Don’t let [Rep. Hunter] take a
drive in your district. He might come up with better uses than
letting the public visit them.”

Capps’s office believes they were blindsided twice: once, when
Hunter introduced the idea last year without contacting Capps,
whose district includes the island; and twice, when, after last
year’s defeat, he promised to contact Capps if he was going to
reintroduce it. “We never heard from him,” said Capps’s aide
earlier this week. Plus, Capps has made it clear that military
veterans can already go to the island just as the general public
can and said that the Park Service would be more than willing to
accommodate them.

Despite Hunter’s sneaky tactics, no one knows whether he has an
ulterior motive.His campaign finance reports show a lot of defense
industry dough, but that’s nothing new for a pro-military
congressman. The only thing conspicuous about Hunter’s record is
his involvement with the same lobbyists who were tied to defamed
Congressman Randy Cunningham, the San Diego rep who admitted to
taking bribes and is now serving eight years in prison. Perhaps
Hunter’s tenacity is related to an honest passion for what he feels
is a good way to support veterans, no matter the impact on the
environment, on endangered species, and on the taxpayers who paid
$30 million for the land already.

So what’s next? This week, the Senate is voting on the annual
defense bill, but because there is no senator taking up this
issue — indeed, no other politician will touch it currently — this
language will most likely not be in the Senate bill. Rather, Boxer
and Feinstein have added language against Hunter’s proposals. As
well, on Tuesday, a high-ranking National Park Service official
spoke vehemently against the idea in the Congressional Record as
did a Republican senator from Wyoming. That means the next hurdle
is the Conference Committee, which combines the House and Senate
bills into the finalized defense budget for 2007. Most believe that
the likelihood of Hunter’s language sailing into reality is still
slim, but the threat persists.

Frankly, it’s a threat that couldn’t come at a worse time. After
15 years without cattle, Santa Rosa Island is just starting to show
signs of epic recovery — the wildflowers are booming, the bunch
grasses are starting to return, the island fox is showing promise,
the island manzanita is flourishing, the falcons are nesting. Of
course, this is all happening with the deer and elk herds intact,
but a survey of areas off-limits to the grazing animals quickly
shows their detrimental effects — there’s only grass on these areas
where there would otherwise be native shrubs, trees, and critters
hiding beneath them.

In many ways, Santa Rosa Island is already the highlight of the
Channel Islands National Park. But give it 10 to 20 years without
elk and deer, and I’m willing to bet it’ll be the highlight of the
entire national park system.

Fly Fishing at Alisal Ranch

flyfishin.jpgThe appetite of Alisal Ranch’s
largemouth bass corresponds perfectly with the freshwater fish’s
lips. “They’ll eat a baby duck,” explained longtime fisherman Jason
Grupp, who’s been running the exclusive Santa Ynez Valley ranch’s
fly fishing program for the past five years.

Unfortunately, they don’t make fishing flies that look like
ducklings, but they do make them look like dragonflies, frogs
(complete with googly eyes), and even mice. And that’s the first
thing you learn in one of the three-hour classes taught by Grupp,
who is endorsed as a registered guide by Orvis, the leading fly
fishing company. Fly fishing, according to Grupp, differs from
regular hook-and-line fishing because a fly fisherman is “actively
fooling the fish by imitating its natural food” rather than just
using fancy lures to trick this fish into a “reaction bite.”

Adequate imitation, of course, requires technique, so after the
entomology lesson, Grupp takes his students to the lawn to learn
the repetitive motions required for casting a fly rod. This
technique takes years to master, but Grupp will get your wrist,
shoulder, and forearm just enough in sync so that you’ll be sure to
catch some fish when you hop on the bass boat and head to his
special spots on the ranch’s private lake.

Of course, catching fish at Alisal Lake is easier than shooting
them in a barrel (you don’t have to reload the flies). Grupp
expects about 30 to 40 fish per person on every guided trip, and
explained that recently one guy caught 73 fish in less than three
hours. “I’ve never had anyone get skunked,” said Grupp. “It just
doesn’t happen.” Since they only allow and encourage
catch-and-release, the fish population is more than steady. “We
actually have to take fish out,” Grupp explained.

There’s only one, uh, catch. You’ve gotta be staying at Alisal
Ranch to learn from Grupp, so book an overnight stay now, then pay
the $155 more for four hours with this guru. Visit alisal.com or
call 688-6411 for fly fishing packages.  —  Matt
Kettmann

Double Dolphin’s Coastal Kayaking

kayak.jpgGoing against the ocean current in a
kayak can be as troubling as being up a certain creek in a boat
with no paddle. That’s why the Santa Barbara Sailing Center is
offering rides up the coast and against the swell on its Double
Dolphin catamaran, each morning dropping off kayakers around
Hendry’s Beach and then letting them paddle their way “downhill”
back to the harbor. And just to make sure your arms don’t get
tired, the trip comes with an informative guide who, during moments
of needed rest, tells kayakers all about the natural wonders and
historic curiosities of the coastal stretch, which includes the
Mesa, Santa Barbara Point, Leadbetter Beach, the breakwater, the
sandspit, Stearns Wharf, and the harbor.

The trip, which starts every morning around 10 a.m., is a
three-mile paddle, and depending on kayakers’ skill levels, can
take anywhere from two to three hours. Thanks to the swell and
current pushing at your back, the route is one of the easiest on
the coast — the only tricky part is getting from the catamaran onto
the kayak, and even that’s pretty darn easy.

Along the way, expect to see sea lions, seals, lots of kelp,
surfers, powerboaters, sailors, cliffside mansions, palm trees,
City College, a hidden lighthouse, and views of Santa Barbara that
confirm why it’s known worldwide as “the American Riviera.” Luckier
paddlers might even see dolphins and whales, but every trip allows
the chance to see the sea lions up close as they frolic and bark
from the half-mile buoy just off Stearns Wharf. For the
adventurous, it’s worth trying to catch some waves at Leadbetter
Beach or the sandspit, just make sure to hold on tight and prepare
to get wet.

It’s the perfect paddle for the whole family, offering the
chance for either a sweaty workout or a leisurely drift along our
beautiful shoreline. Rates start at $40 for adults, and kids 12 and
under/college students with valid ID 25 and under are $25. Visit
sbsail.com or call
962-2826 to inquire about this kayak trip, the center’s sailing
classes (again voted the best on the West Coast!), and the many
other options for ocean adventure. —  Matt
Kettmann

Sunrise Hiking

For too long, the end of the day — that glorious hour or so when
the hills turn golden and the sun slides slowly and gracefully into
the Pacific — has been the favorite time slot for outdoor activity.
Whether it’s a beach jog, a quick surf session, a dog walk, or a
quiet stroll, sunset seems to be the time of day when our schedules
open up and we get to go outside. While relaxation dipped in the
pink red glow of a setting sun is indeed a gift regularly
celebrated, it is the lesser appreciated sunrise — the fiery gray
to purple to blood-orange procession — that continues to be ignored
by the masses.

Ironically, with the ocean in our front yard and the Santa Ynez
Mountains in our backyard, Santa Barbara is perhaps better primed
for a variety of pre-dawn explorations than any other part of
California. In a matter of minutes — especially when the morning
commuters are still fast asleep — you can slip away into an outdoor
adventure that will leave you clear-minded and energized; more
prepared for a day of work than you ever would have been had you
wrestled with the alarm clock for an extra two hours of fitful
sleep.

The options for sunrise soul-nurturing are as endless as they
are at sunset, with one major distinction — they are usually
completely devoid of other people. A perfect example is the popular
and traditionally crowded hike up Montecito Peak. If you have to be
at work at 9 a.m. the routine might go a little something like
this: alarm at 4:45 a.m.; small, quick breakfast; coffee or tea;
out the door by 5. Drive up the twists and turns of Gibraltar Road
to East Camino Cielo and turn right when you get there. About 3.5
miles later at around 5:20 a.m., you’ll see the trail head on the
right side of the road adjacent to a cement water tank. From there
follow the trail as it bends out toward the ocean and the
brightening horizon line beyond. As the trail turns to the left,
the boulder-strewn dome of Montecito Peak will loom large in front
of you — most likely with a chilly fog nipping at its knees — and
the east fork of the Cold Springs trail will be below. After
turning left up a steep, unmarked — though easily visible — trail
to the summit you should, with any luck, arrive at the top of
Montecito at about 6 a.m., just in time to see the sun stretching
its arms up out of the Pacific, embracing a new day. At this point
it’s up to you: Sit and relax, touch your toes, yodel, breathe
deep, or run around naked. As long as you start back to your car by
6:45 a.m., you should have no trouble making it home in time for a
hot shower — before arriving to work on time, and more jazzed to
face the day than 11 grande lattes could ever make you.
—   Ethan Stewart

Wine Country Biking

While Sideways stimulated droves of winos to cruise the byways
of the Santa Ynez Valley, there is a much more satisfying way to
the see the back roads of our neighboring wine country, and it’s
driven by sweat and pedals. The valley is a cyclist’s heaven where
pros and amateur sightseers alike make the pilgrimage to Santa Ynez
to cruise its rolling hills, straightaways, and killer climbs
through the sprawling ranches and vineyards.

I’ve done the requisite Santa Ynez wine country tour, zooming
from tasting room to tasting room, but on a bike there’s a
completely different feel to the journey. Instigating the trend is
the one-year-old Santa Barbara Wine Country Cycling Tours, owned by
Corey Evans and Tim Gorham, which organizes tours and rents bikes
from a Santa Ynez shop front on Sagunto Street. While many tours
are filled with people new to a saddle, Tim confirms that they’ve
guided hardcore riders up Lance Armstrong’s Figeruoa Mountain
training grounds.

But you don’t have to be Lance to enjoy a day of wine country
biking. I, for instance, took a leisurely half-day ride, which took
me past a lavender farm, grazing horses and foals, vineyards old
and gnarly next to the newly planted, the best peach grove in the
region, and apple orchards. While zipping past the Lincourt Winery,
the subtle smell of roses sweetened the ride. While many riders
take some time to shop in Solvang or Los Olivos, I punted on
purchasing bottles of wine or art, even though the staff will drive
shopping bags back to the shop.

We stopped for lunch at the Beckman winery for a gourmet picnic
of salad and olives, hummus and hard salami. Some groups pick up a
bottle in the tasting room, but I restricted my consumption to a
few tastes of the winery’s reds.

After lunch, the morning’s cloudy skies blew away to reveal blue
sky. Tim announced, “There, on the horizon. That’s Figueroa
Mountain. It’s 4,200 feet, a 6,000-foot elevation gain when you’ve
gone up and down.” Taking note of my steady pedaling, Tim declared,
“You have potential — Figueroa Mountain’s next.” Maybe next
trip.

Visit Santa Barbara Wine Country Cycling Tours in downtown Santa
Ynez, call 686-9490, or see winecountrycycling.com. — Felicia M.
Tomasko

Book Reviews

Surfing’s Greatest Misadventures: Dropping In on the
Unexpected
Edited by Paul Diamond; Casagrande Press; 282
pages; $15.95.

At first glance, this book looks like yet another thoughtlessly
thrown-together attempt to capitalize on surfing’s most recent
resurgence in popularity. However, closer inspection reveals a
thoughtful and truly entertaining collection of true-life adventure
stories by some of surfing’s most famous and accomplished scribes.
From surf trips gone bad and big-wave death scares to man-eating
sharks and old-school adventures, this book is a fun read
regardless of your surfing IQ. While some of the stories will no
doubt seem familiar to those who regularly read surf publications,
there are many chapters of seldom-told tales — including some by
South Coast surfing storytellers like Shawn Alladio, Glen Hening,
and former Carpinteria resident Matt George. Highlights of the book
include a hilarious and exceptionally well written piece about
three weeks of wave-hunting and soul-searching in Peru by Steve
Barilotti and an equally laugh-out-loud-funny recap of the
University of South Florida’s surf club trip to Costa Rica in 1994.
— Ethan Stewart

Mammals of California by Tamara Eder;
illustrations by Gary Ross; Lone Pine Publishing; 344 pages;
$22.95.

A squirrel is a squirrel and a bat is a bat, you say? Not
according to this excellently organized and illustrated field guide
from the reliable Lone Pine Publishing company. Containing every
mammal you’ve never heard of — and plenty of those critters you
know well — this easy-to-use, weatherproof book details such
identifying characteristics as habitat, food, young, den, and
similar species. There are also illustrations of each animal and
print marks as well, not to mention countless photographs of many
species, so you won’t confuse that black bear’s print with the
cougar’s next time. As for squirrels and bats, you ask? Well, the
guide covers 13 different squirrels — not counting the
chipmunks — and a whopping 22 bats! Better get this book and start
being a bit more observant. — Matt
Kettmann

[Adventure for Hire]

So now that we’ve told you about all the fantastic things
you can do and see in Santa Barbara’s outdoor wonderland, you may
be asking yourself, “Well that all sounds great, but where do I go
to get the equipment and training I need to do all that stuff?”
Well, looky here, we’ve got a handy list of adventure-providers
who’d be happy to help you with anything you need for your next
outdoor activity.

A Frame Surf Shop: Surfboard and boogie board
rentals on the beach in Carpinteria. Call 684-8803.
Adventours Outdoor Excursions: Enhance your
company’s cooperation skills with a wilderness adventure. Call
898-9569 or visit adventours.com. American Paragliding:
The power to fly — para­motoring and powered paragliding
instruction offered. Call 965-3733 or visit americanparagliding.com. Anacapa Dive
Center:
Catch a charter boat to experience the underwater
wonderland off the islands. Scuba lessons also available. Call
963-8917 or visit anacapadivecenter.com. Aquatics: SCUBA
lessons, equipment, and more. Call 967-4456. Beach
House:
Learn how to surf this summer, dude! All types of
surfboards, boogie boards, and wetsuits for rent. Call 963-1281.
Beach Rentals: In-line skates, bikes, strollers,
and other vehicles are available for self-guided tours, at 22 State
St. Call 966-2282. Blue Edge Parasailing: Fly like
a condor. Call 966-5206. Captain Don’s: Cross the
channel in search of whales or just take in a sunset cruise. Call
969-5217. Channel Islands Aviation: Take flights
for day hikes, coastal fishing, or camping trips to Santa Rosa
Island. Call 987-1301 or visit flycia.com. Circle Bar B Stables: Ride
through remote canyons on a guided tour or go solo on one of the
stable’s strong horses. Dinner and accommodations are also
available. Call 968-1113. Cloud Climbers: To scale
mountains the four-wheel way, jeeps with tour guides can be rented
at State and Mason streets. Call 965-6654. The Condor
Express:
This 75-foot vessel is ideal for watching the
channel’s numerous whales or for sunset dinner cruises along the
coast. Call 882-0088. Cycles for Rent: Mountain
bikes, tandems, and cruisers are all available for rent. Call
340-BIKE. Eagle Paragliding: Award-winning
paragliding instruction by Rob Sporrer. Call 968-0980, email
info@eagleparagliding.com,
or visit eagleparagliding.com. El Capitan Canyon and
Ranch:
Camp in style and comfort or just go for a sunset
trail ride. Call 685-8522. Fly Away Hang Gliding:
Learn to conquer the skies with hang gliding instruction. Call
957-9145 or visit flyaboveall.com/flyaway.htm. Hearts
Adaptive Riding Program:
Healing with horses. Call
730-3635. Island Packers: Travel out of Ventura
Harbor for trips to all Channel Islands. Call 642-1393 or visit
islandpackers.com. Mountain Air
Sports:
Rent a tent, backpack, and other assorted camping
gear. Then go get lost. Call 962-0049. Paddle
Sports:
Kayak the coastline or enter the awe-inspiring sea
caves of Santa Cruz Island. Call 899-4925. Perfect
Laps:
Learn to burn rubber from a champion racecar driver.
Call 692-2479. Sailing Sunset Kidd: Charter this
private vessel for sunset sails, private parties, or weddings. Call
962-8222. Salt Air Kiteboarding: Harness the power
of wind and rule the shoreline. Call 884-4633 or visit saltairkiteboarding.com. S.B. Adventure
Company:
Kayak, bike, climb, surf, and wine taste with the
help of these professional extremists. Call 452-1942 or visit
sbadventureco.com. S.B. Outrigger Canoe
Club:
Sign up with these folks for a regular
paddle-powered meeting with the tides. Call 681-3100. S.B.
Sailing Center:
Glide across the waves in the Double
Dolphin, rent a sailboat or kayak, or learn to sail. Call 962-2826
or visit sbsail.com.
S.B. Sportfishing: Take home some of the sea’s
bounty. Call 687-FISH. S.B. Swim Club: Make
swimming a daily routine and join the Swim Club. Call 966-9757.
Sea Landing: A wide spectrum of aquatic activities
is offered, from jet-ski and kayak rentals to fishing charters and
Channel Island trips. Call 963-3564. Truth
Aquatics:
Boats escort divers, hikers, and fishermen to
all five Channel Islands. Call 962-1127. VeloPro
Cyclery:
Mountain bike rentals include a lock, a tire
pump, and the ever-important helmet. Call 963-7775.
Windhaven Glider Rides: Catch bird’s-eye views
soaring above the Santa Ynez Mountains in an ultra-light glider.
Call 688-2517.

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