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El Nino 2016 actually appeared. We have had rain! The hills are turning emerald green almost before your eyes, and their echo of the hills of Ireland is only missing the stone fences. [caption id="attachment_2055" align="alignleft" width="300"] SeaVenture Beach House Becalmed - But Stick Around[/caption] This is the favorite time...

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Buried Treasure in the Dunes

The grandiose 1923 set for Cecil B DeMille's first version of The Ten Commandments still lies buried and rotting away in the dunes near Guadalupe, CA. This epic story was reprised in 1956 with an all-star cast, better special effects, but in the same Technicolor and with the same director. You can see artifacts of the first version at the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center.

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The Return of the Monarchs

[caption id="attachment_1989" align="alignleft" width="259"] Monarchs in Winter[/caption] We’re spoiled living here for lots of reasons, but one of the most amazing is the annual return of a multitude of Monarch butterflies—you cannot look at thousands of these beautiful insects hanging from a tree and not smile. We’ve taken them for...

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Welcome to the Clambake

We’ve all heard the bad guy tell his nervous partner to “clam up.” Or have someone tell us that a cold, damp place has a “clammy” feeling. You might think this is all giving clams a bad name, but then there’s the old saying that someone is “happy as a...

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Surfing is in the lifeblood of California culture, and in the bloodstream of a lot of CA citizens. [caption id="attachment_1886" align="alignright" width="172"] From Beginners to Pros[/caption] Seems like California kids (boys and girls) get on a surfboard from the moment they can do the breaststroke, and stay at it until...

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Well, “no” is the simple answer. In most of California, you need drip irrigation or some other form of irrigation to supplement rainfall. But with our historic drought in California, maybe the better question is “can you get wine with less water?” This question really matters if you love your...

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The world of professional cycling is more than a little bizarre. Young people, some of whom look like a strong wind would blow them over, sit on unbelievably narrow, hard seats pedaling at top speed over more than a hundred miles. Without stopping. Day after day. [caption id="attachment_1778" align="alignleft" width="300"]...

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