Easter Vacation Day 3

Twilight on Lake Cachuma–I asked the folks who rented the “Yurt” first before I took this. See the lodging in daylight.

As you can see my intentions of posting everyday has not been successful because my MacBook Pro is also being used as a DVD player.
Doing what I can…

Right here on Lake Cachuma I found some interesting looking lodging for visitors.

They had these 3 rustic huts called Yurts built right near the water.

I’m not sure how many bunk beds were in them but it looked like just the thing for folks who didn’t want to haul a trailer, pitch a tent but wanted to be close to nature.

Rental information is available on the website.

The shot at twilight gives you an idea of the ambiance renters experience when the sun goes down.

Morning trip to Santa Barbara Zoo


Every trip we’ve made to this area means the customary visit to the zoo.

At $12 an adult and $10 for children 12 and under, it’s a great way to spend the day.

Unlike the other bigger zoos, this one is never that crowded.

Taking pictures at the zoo is a challenge mostly because of the contrasty lighting, extremely cluttered backgrounds, big distances between the animals and you, plexiglass enclosures, netting around some exhibits and limited angles.

Afternoon trip to Nojoqui Falls & La Purisima Mission near Lompoc

We had enough time left in our day to head to the town of Lompoc.

A short 10-minute walk from the parking lot at Nojoqui Falls County Park is the waterfall Nojoqui Falls.

As we approached, I noticed the path was lined with poison oak on both sides.

The sign said to stay on the path but no mention of why.

The waterfall itself isn’t much to get excited about.

In this water thirsty state of California, I suspect the bulk of the water has been re-routed so much, this waterfall is probably only allowed to flow in the spring.

Since I didn’t have a tripod, here are my efforts from resting my camera on the ground and using the self-timer.

La Purisima Mission State Historic Park just outside of Lompoc showed visitors a “glimpse of life during the 1820’s in California.

The buildings and grounds were huge unlike the other missions you see scattered up and down the coast of California.

The entryway was the perfect frame for a picture of a person in period costume.

Toying with a Long horn–A brave visitor found the sharp horns of a bull too hard to resist as it came close the the fence. The bulls was itching itself against the fence when this brave lady and her 2 children came by.

Too bad none were around for me to pose in the doorway.

I did find their livestock more interesting than the usual paraphernalia inside their buildings.