Throwback Thursday: The Douglas Family Reserve in Santa Barbara!

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When it comes to walks and exercise, we like to mix it up and change our routine.  So instead of the beach, when the tide times do not suit us, we find somewhere new to explore.  Pictured above, it part of the 3 mile hike on the bluff of Hendry's Beach, at the Douglas Family Reserve.

 

We had been meaning to explore the former 70 acre Wilcox Estate which was purchased by the Trust for Public Lands, and later transferred to the City of Santa Barbara.  Yesterday afternoon, after having cleared our schedule, we headed out to the park.

The Douglas Family Reserve is named in honor of the Kirk Douglas Family, a major donor for its upkeep and restoration. Volunteers are working to restore and preserve the native landscape, and restore the natural habitat for Monarch butterflies.  Pictured above are eucalyptus flowers in bloom. 

 

"The DFP is an undeveloped open space that provides passive recreation opportunities, such as hiking, dog walking, wildlife viewing, and bicycle riding. Off-leash dog use is allowed within the park in select areas.  Hang glider opportunities are available for experienced users in one area of the park."

We loved our walk, enjoyed seeing dogs of all breeds from basset hounds, labs, terriers, and mixed breeds enjoying getting to know each other off leash.

 

We enjoyed the sound of the waves with the song of the birds. We are looking forward to exploring this natural space again, and hiking the other nature trails.  Happy Thursday!

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Myrl Jeffcoat
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Those are delightful scenes, Alexandra.  I haven't been to the ocean in many months now.  I'm looking forward to taking an extended stay in springtime.

Jan 07, 2021 07:57 AM #10
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I had no idea that Kirk Douglas had done this for the community 🤓

Happy Thursday Ron and Alexandra Seigel 

Jan 07, 2021 09:05 AM #11
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS Santa Barbara has a large second home population from Los Angeles.  We gave many celebrities living here including Ellen, and Oprah.   

Jan 07, 2021 09:10 AM #12
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Myrl Jeffcoat The ocean is part of nature that contributes to our sanity.  When we lived in Napa, it is what we missed most about California, and Napa had so much beauty...A

 

Jan 07, 2021 09:12 AM #13
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Rocky Dickerson We are on a fun mission to explore all the parks here in town, and there are several that we have not been to as part of our exercise routine which includes yoga and other practices.  A

Jan 07, 2021 09:14 AM #14
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Nina Hollander It is a wide open space to bring dogs too, and you can feel the joy of the dogs being off leash.  They are all friendly and happy, and so are their people.  A

Jan 07, 2021 09:15 AM #15
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD Nature, fresh air, and a walk is all part of our sanity maintenance.  Today we are going to explore another park that is nearby, and has interesting features, such as a garden for those who are visually impaired.  A

Jan 07, 2021 09:17 AM #16
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Roy Kelley Thank you for your comment.  We both finds that walks in beautiful areas maintain our sanity, and that is of paramount importance to us.  A

Jan 07, 2021 09:18 AM #17
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Kat Palmiotti And we are planning to explore another park today, that has unique features.  Happy Thursday. A

Jan 07, 2021 09:19 AM #18
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Brian England Each hike has a specialness to it, and there is no comparing in my opinion of one to another.  A

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Brian England is correct.  That is more scenic than our hike in the Arizona desert and probably much more comfortable, but we did see some amazing sites and we saw Big Horn Sheep.  I would love to spend some more time in Santa Barbara.  It has been a long time since I have been there.

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Sharon Lee It is wonderful to have time to explore, and very few people are out and about.  A

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Wayne Martin We intend to return, and we have a lot more to explain.  A

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Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI If you decide to come down, let us know.  We would be delighted to meet you, break bread, and give you an insider's perspective.  A

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Grant Schneider These times have given us an opportunity to explore all of our beautiful spots.  We are definitely not traveling soon, and instead exploring our environment. A

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Hi Ron and Alexandra Seigel - As usual, great shots!  Beach scenes always make one feel so tranquil. 

Jan 07, 2021 09:36 AM #25
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Hello A and Ron and good for Kirk to donate this property, does he live in Santa Barbara?

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Looks like a very peaceful and relaxing place to just enjoy nature or listen to the waves hit the beach

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Wow! Now that sounds like my kind of place!  I feel quiet, calm and relaxed just imagining walking in that lovely preserve.  Awesome that the Douglas family donated it and help with the maintenace. 

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Hi Ron and Alexandra- the Douglas Family Reserve definitely looks like a place that Larry and I would love o explore!!!! I'm glad you were able to go yesterday.

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