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At the base of the Monkey's Tooth is a giant cave. The entrance is about 40 ft wide and 20 ft tall and the cave goes back inside the rock about 60 ft. Biggest cave I've been in all of Santa Barbara. No Chumash rock paintings, but you could tell that they had used it as a shelter and sacred spot.Thanks BDow for letting me know it's there.

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Tue, December 6, 2005 - 11:27 AM permalink - 1 comment
Finally managed to climb up Cathedral Peak to what is known as "Monkey Tooth Rock" on Sunday. It was a super strenuous straight up boulder scramble up the Dragons Back from Seven Falls. Spectacular views from the top of the rock were a satisfying reward for the effort. Signed the register, enjoyed some lunch and a bowl while soaking up the December sun in the Santa Barbara hills. Made it back down as the sun set, dead tired, but elated.

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Tue, December 6, 2005 - 11:21 AM permalink - 0 comments
I took the kids to visit the Monarch groves out at the Coronado Monarch Preserve at Elwood Beach over Thanksgiving weekend. Large clumps of butterlies in the Eucalypus trees--they look just like leaves when they fold up their wings and hang from the branches in big groups. Early morning is a good time to go, since most are still resting. As the sun warms them, they begin to flutter about foraging on the many flowering plants in the area.

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Tue, December 6, 2005 - 11:11 AM permalink - 0 comments
Well, my company still gives us Columbus Day off, so I decided to go exploring. I hiked up to one of the nicest spots for a swim in SB--Seven Falls. Tons of frogs everywhere. I mean, I could barely walk without fear of trampeling several underfoot. They were the little kind, grey and about the size of a dime. The water is still flowing up there, but the very upper pools were dry.
Tue, October 11, 2005 - 4:44 PM permalink - 2 comments
Came across this sick sea lion on Butterfly Beach today, and saw a dead dolphin on the beach Tuesday. Very sad to see. We get toxic algae blooms out in the SB Channel that can cause death in marine mammals. Increased municipal wastewater discharges and runoff from agricultural processes seems to be a possible culprit responsable for a phenomena that, though naturally occuring, has been on the rise in recent years.
Thu, September 22, 2005 - 3:51 PM permalink - 0 comments
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