Winter showing up on the central coast!

After weeks of high temps and uncharacteristic weather for the season having an actual cold front move through is a pleasant surprise to feel what season I am actually in. With lows below freezing and a daily high of 57 with an added wind chill factor beach weather is gone and lost. Its cold on the beach right now. But still beautiful and amazing.  

The Search For Knapp’s Castle

The Search For Knapp’s Castle

In the mountains behind Santa Barbra off highway 154, there is a small mountain road that will lead you to a magical place called Knapp’s Castle. Here is some info on Knapp’s Castle.

Knapp’s Castle is a privately-owned landmark ruined mansion in the Santa Ynez Mountains near Santa Barbara, California. Located near East Camino Cielo in the Los Padres National Forest, the ridge-top site has a panoramic view of Lake Cachuma and the Santa Ynez Valley. It is a popular destination for hikers and photographers.

George Owen Knapp, founder of Union Carbide, built Knapp’s Castle shortly after purchasing the 160-acre (0.65 km2) parcel in 1916. In 1940, Frances Holden bought the property and invited her friend, world-famous opera singer Lotte Lehmann, to move in. The mansion was destroyed by a forest fire only five weeks later, and now only the massive sandstone foundations, fireplace pillars and walls of the original seven structures remain intact. The parcel is still privately owned but open to the public.

In January 2011, the site was undergoing new construction by the property owner, with a stone amphitheatre-style addition, some reinforcements, and other work. The county ordered a stop to the construction due to a lack of permits, but the construction equipment remains on site.[1]


On the way to find Knapp’s Castle, I had passed it. I kept going to the top of the mountain and on the way, I came across what I could only assume is a hella pad. It was covered in graffiti and had the best views. I have some photos of the whole adventure posted below.


Iphone 7 Plus | Photography

It is amazing me how amazing photography is really getting with the iPhone. If you really try (when shooting with your phone traditionally less effort is put in than a point and shoot camera) you can get some amazing photos out of your iPhone. Here is a shot I took using the portrait feature from the last update!

Shot with an iPhone 7 plus and edited in iphoto