Monday, August 8, 2011

Santa Ynez Mountains - Rancho Oso 1

My last couple of posts were from some mountains in San Diego County. Right after returning from that trip, we went on another.  This time to the Santa Ynez Mountains, inland from the Beautiful town of Santa Barbara.

This campground was located on a working horse ranch

Where there are horses, there must be tack

Where there is tack, there must be bunk houses (rental cabins actually). No, we didn't stay in one these things. We were roughing it in our RV.

One reason we wanted to come here was the hiking trails. Here is my granddaughter looking pretty chipper at the beginning of a hike.

As you can see, the trail started to deteriorate quickly. I wasn't concerned because there was supposed to be a great payoff at the end of this hike.

This isn't the payoff, but it was still a very nice waterfall.


I'm thinking there will be only one person who sees and will know right away what it is.  For those of you who don't know, this one was about 9 inches long.  Okay Bossy Betty, what is it?

The hike continues on the next post...
Okay, it's a banana slug!


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43 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Nice photos!
Banana slug?

Nat said...

Those photos definitely warrant embiggening :-) Great ones, Pat!

Brian said...

Great pictures! I don't know what that strange creature is, but it's a biggin!

kerrys said...

Banana slug. They sure are big.

What is the name of the campground?

Kerry S

Mary Aalgaard said...

Ew, the wormy thing looks yucky. The rest looks delightful. I want to hitch my pony up to one of the rails and rest in the bunkhouse.

Talli Roland said...

My aunt and uncle live quite close to here, so it's great to see some photos from the area. Thanks, Pat!

Margaret Benbow said...

Great earthy pictures, I can smell the hossflesh! You always get to the heart and meat of the matter, Patrick.

baygirl32 said...

that is one nasty slug!

Siddhartha Joshi said...

Nice post...and I have no clue what the last image is! Please do enlighten :)

Κωστής Τζαγκαράκης said...

There is so much beauty in those mountain tracks.
Thanks for sharing Patrick.
Costas

Lolamouse said...

so beautiful! uh, that yellow thing...the remains of someone who never finished the hike?

Lolamouse said...

Just kidding! Now that I've embiggened it, it looks like a banana slug!

missing moments said...

Santa Barbara is a beautiful area ... and I have no idea what that yellow thing is ... a slug????

TS Hendrik said...

I looked at it and banana slug came into my head. Am I right?

Always love little waterfalls like that.

Lovkyně said...

holy crap, i want to stay in one of those bunk houses! i bet it's pricey, though. still, someday. ^_^

Ms. Becky said...

oh you tease. I want to see your granddaughter at trail's end. that looks like a giant yellow slug. no idea. great shots Pat. I embiggened.

Marguerite said...

Looks like quite an adventure. Great pics! Not sure what the last one is.:)

Bossy Betty said...

OOOOOOOOO!!!!!! I am so sorry I am late to the party!

Go Slugs! (The boy went from being a slug, to being a Hookie!)

Copyboy said...

Honestly it looks like a lizard man's foot. Help Bossy Betty!!!

Ms. A said...

Dang those kids and their energy. Please tell me she managed to at least break a sweat and get a little bit grubby looking. She looks way too perky!

Love the photos!

KaLynn ("MiMi") said...

love the pictures!! looks like so much fun! even with the big yellow worm thingy!

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

You just took me back to a favorite family vacation spot. It's so beautiful. (Does Highland Springs ring a bell, Pat? I think that's the resort we used to go to in the San Ynez mountains.)

xoRobyn

Marlene said...

Those photos are awesome, Pat. That horse ranch looks like some place I'd love to be!

That slug, however.....gives me the heebie jeebies!!!

Chuck said...

Offspring of spongebob and Patrick?? Bananarama slugfest? I like the water fall shot Pat...and the bunk houses...alright I like them all!

SquirrelQueen said...

Definitely a Banana slug, we used to see them all around the NoCal coast when we lived there. I always thought they were so cool.

That's some beautiful countryside Pat, I love that little waterfall.

The Retired One said...

Ooooo, those mountains! I must get me to the mountains for some photography LOVE...great shots!

Johnny Yen said...

One of the things I gave up to go to nursing school was vacations; these pictures remind me of just what I gave up. I always enjoy these pictures-- you've got a real eye for beauty, Patrick!

Speaking of which, I started my first nursing job today-- I began training as a dialysis nurse.

Johnny Yen said...

One of the things I gave up to go to nursing school was vacations; these pictures remind me of just what I gave up. I always enjoy these pictures-- you've got a real eye for beauty, Patrick!

Speaking of which, I started my first nursing job today-- I began training as a dialysis nurse.

Pat Tillett said...

Alex - Yep! That's what it is!

Nat - I love that word! Thanks Nat!

Brian - See above! It sure was a biggen...

Kerrys - The name of the campground is Rancho Oso. Thanks for commenting!

Mary - The one problem about all the horses being around is flies! I've seen much worse, but they did bug a bit.

Talli - It's a beautiful area. Especially on the coast.

Margaret - Thanks Margaret! I just can't take photos of things I'm not interested in.

baygirl - hey there! It sure was!

Siddhartha - Thanks! It's a banana slug! Also the mascot of a major california university.

Costas - It's a nice place. It's very prone to wildfires though. I think it's better in the winter or spring time.

Lolamouse - Thanks so much! Hmmm, it could have been!

missing moments - It sure is beautiful! Yep, it's a slug!

Tim - I hope you don't have a banana slug in your head. I also like waterfalls and/or any running water.

Ven - I don't think they were that expensive. There wasn't anybody staying in them! It's not too far from your neck of the woods.

Ms. Becky - thanks! She actually did pretty well. We had to cross the creek 6 times to get to the top. One time she fell off a log while crossing and got wet (and slightly bruised).

Marguerite - It's was fun! A banana slug. I don't think it tastes like a banana though!

Pat Tillett said...

Bossy Betty - Better late than never! I went from being a slug to playing hookie! I'm more than sure that our sons are the only former Banana Slugs in our little blog world.

Jesse - The only lizard man I can think of, is the one with the split tongue and all the green tatted skin. I didn't see his feet though.

Ms. A - When we were about 3/4 done, she said her tank was almost on empty! Thanks!

KaLynn - thanks so much! Yeah, it was kind of gross.

Robyn - Highland Springs does ring a bell, but it's down south in the Inland Empire. there's a RV campground that we've been to that is VERY close to it.

Marlene - Thanks Marlene! It wasn't too bad. I almost stepped on it though, that would have been a mess.

Chuck - LOL! I think you may be right. Thanks so much Chuck!

SQ - Yep! NoCal is the only place I've ever seen them until this time.

Joan - Thanks Joan. Mountains and ocean is all i need.

Johnny - I understand that. You've given up many things for the past couple of years. I was at your place a while ago to catch up. Congratulations and good luck my friend!

Sharon Wagner said...

A vegtable boomerrang?

Budd said...

Dude, it is a ranch! that is one big slug.

Rek said...

wouldn't want to meet that slug on any of my hikes...lovely pictures as always...glad u are having fun.

James said...

That looks like a great place to walk!
A Wedding on the ship sounds like a fun time!

Baby Sister said...

I love the word embiggen. Lol That area looks simply stunning. And that slug looks simply disgusting. No thank you!! :)

Anthony J Langford said...

My god, what is that thing? We don't have them here. Did a woman drop it? ;)

Love the old Western ranch look of that street. That would have been a cool place to stay.

Great shots too Patty.

=]

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Award for you today, Pat!
And I just knew that was a banana slug.

Pat Tillett said...

Sharon Wagner - It sure was big enough to be one!

Budd - One big nasty slug!

Rek - I almost stepped on it! Can you imagine what a mess that would have been?

James - It sure was! That ship tooled around the harbor while it all went on.

Baby Sister - I love that word also. thanks!

Anthony - I guess that place has been a ranch for a REALLY long time. Thanks so much!

Alex - Thanks so much for the award Alex!

Pat Tillett said...

Sharon Wagner - It sure was big enough to be one!

Budd - One big nasty slug!

Rek - I almost stepped on it! Can you imagine what a mess that would have been?

James - It sure was! That ship tooled around the harbor while it all went on.

Baby Sister - I love that word also. thanks!

Anthony - I guess that place has been a ranch for a REALLY long time. Thanks so much!

Alex - Thanks so much for the award Alex!

Pat Tillett said...

Sharon Wagner - It sure was big enough to be one!

Budd - One big nasty slug!

Rek - I almost stepped on it! Can you imagine what a mess that would have been?

James - It sure was! That ship tooled around the harbor while it all went on.

Baby Sister - I love that word also. thanks!

Anthony - I guess that place has been a ranch for a REALLY long time. Thanks so much!

Alex - Thanks so much for the award Alex!

Pat Tillett said...

Sharon Wagner - It sure was big enough to be one!

Budd - One big nasty slug!

Rek - I almost stepped on it! Can you imagine what a mess that would have been?

James - It sure was! That ship tooled around the harbor while it all went on.

Baby Sister - I love that word also. thanks!

Anthony - I guess that place has been a ranch for a REALLY long time. Thanks so much!

Alex - Thanks so much for the award Alex!

Francisca said...

I KNEW it was a banana slug... but only because some other blogger, can't recall who, had posted one before and it's the kind of thing that makes an impression on the brain... well, at least it did in mine. What a superb place to go hiking... we did more drinking (exploring the vineyards) than hiking (exploring nature). Wouldn't mind at all going back to try the latter. Judging from the brilliant smile on your granddaughter's face, a good time was had.

Francisca said...

PS. I thought it was neat that we were both visiting each other at the same time. Hehe. I agree with you about Solvang... it's a been there, done that (remember, I am as much European as I am Canadian). But I'd go hiking there in a heartbeat. As I was coming back here to your blog, I landed on your profile page and saw you are a member of the B&W blog... why didn't I know that before? I just posted a monochrome. I'm getting more and more interested in B&W photography. Ciao!