On Sunday, we took a chapter from Walk Santa Barbara by Cheri Rae & John McKinney and walked a 4-mile stroll through America’s Riviera. I’m looking to learn more about this city and explore. Plus, it’s fun to get outside, wander, see what you can see, and take pictures.
This particular walk starts at the Old Mission where the rose garden is in full bloom these days.
The scent is scandalous!
Roses of every color were everywhere!
It was a super windy day – 30-40 knots – and a great day for flying kites so the lawn was covered with kids and parents trying to set their kites aloft.
As we past the Old Mission and started up the path by the ruins there was this ginormous cactus.
Steve thrown in for scale:
The cactus flowers are some of the prettiest I think.
Up a little further and a long view over Santa Barbara with a cruise boat in the channel.
Then onto a park site that holds the remains of a property purchased by Dr. Emmanual Orazio Fenzi – a horticulturist who moved here from Florence, Italy in 1893. He changed his name to Francesco Franceschi and built this redwood house. He managed to introduce over 300 species into the area and catalog 600 natives. Rumor has it he introduced the zucchini to America.
Poor guy, his house is in ruins – huge mess. Owned now by the city there are plans to rehabilitate the house.
Later, there is the all of frogs. No kidding – every froggy thing you can imagine.
Everyone has apparently taken their frogs here and left them.
And ending in the frog grotto.