It takes us two hours to get to the Santa Barbara, California area beaches because we always stop at the Fillmore Fish Hatchery. The hatchery is a good place to use the restrooms and look at some fish and birds. Once we get to the beach, the first thing I do is lie down and take a nap. I probably don't really sleep; just rest, listening to the waves and gulls. By the time I decide to open my eyes and look around, the people near us have left their food articles unsecured and the gulls know it is time to strike. That's when the acrobatics begin and it is time to get the camera out.
Carpinteria State Beach, Carpinteria, California 2011