Urban Adventure: Train to Santa Barbara – Walk to Butterfly Beach – Coast Village Road
On August 2nd, 2014, my friend, Lori, and I went on another Urban Adventure with The Valencia Hiking Crew. This time our destination was Santa Barbara, which I had only passed through on my way to Solvang with my parents. I apologize in advance for my crappy photos. The marine layer was pretty thick and my phone camera doesn’t have a flash.
Since we had people boarding the train at practically every station on Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner route, the plan was for everyone to be in the last car. However, at our station there was a large group hanging out on the platform where we guessed the last car would stop so we were plotting and planning how to jump on ahead of them. Luckily, the conductor asked each of us if we were with the Senior Group or the Hiking Group and showed us which train car to get on.
I’m glad I didn’t have time to eat breakfast because Jackie had stopped at Porto’s and had pastries for everyone and John had made quiche!
Our first stop after arrival was the 1916 Allan Herschell 3-abreast carousel in Chase Palm Park. What a treat! If you bring kids, be sure to stop there. They have a playground that looked like a lot of fun.
Next, we walked a path that went around what I thought was the Zoo, but was actually the Andree Park Bird Refuge. A book has been written about the interesting recluse who donated the money to create the refuge and a movie about her is also in the works.Can’t wait to tour her 1930s estate one fine day!
The bicycle path turns by the Santa Barbara Cemetery. A short walk past that, we arrived at 1001 Fairway Road where we all ran up to the gates to see where Ty Warner (Beanie Babies) lives in a 18,000 square foot, $200 million, “palatial estate dominated by an Italianate mansion“. All I could get a picture of was the beautiful entrance inside the gates.
We continued along Channel Drive and turned up Butterfly Lane, which should probably be renamed Pig Lane after seeing one particular yard. We crossed under the 101 freeway via an art tunnel to reach Coast Village Road where some of us branched off to have lunch at Cava.
Lori and I got in a couple extra hours and a few extra miles since we decided to take the later train back to Los Angeles. We walked up State Street, stopping for an iced coffee at The French Press and taking a tour of the amazing Arlington Theatre.
Back on the train, as we oooed and ahhhed over the gorgeous sunset, we couldn’t figure out why we were so exhausted. It turns out the original mileage calculation was off by about 3 miles so we ended up walking almost 11 miles!