Friday, May 25, 2018-Thursday, May 31, 2018
Santa Barbara, CA
I spent my time at home finishing off all the little projects that got shelved with my time crunch before Expo. I finished my mosquito window nets, changed my oil, taught my brother how to change his, on his new to him FJ80, and so many other little things I can’t even remember. Beyond my little projects, my time was filled with family, hiking, catching up with friends and making a few new ones. Probably spending to much time at a local watering hole, Llama Dog, thanks Greg! It was a bit of a long stay at home, but the rest felt amazing and needed. By the end of the week I barely sounded like a man!
This was the first time I had really gotten to hike in the front country and see the devastation of the Thomas Fire, and the subsequent fatal debris flows. The landscapes I grew up hiking have been drastically changed, creeks widened by car size boulders plowing through them, hills with nothing but dirt left. Just a complete change. A lot of time was spent reflecting with my family on the natural disasters of the year prior.