Sunday, Mr. B proposed a family hike to Knapp's Castle via the Snyder Trail off Paradise Road near Cachuma Lake in Santa Barbara County. The 8-mile-round-trip hike was moderately strenuous, and with today's warmer temperatures was a bit toasty, but the wildflowers are hanging in there, and we saw loads of various butterflies among the insects observed.
We were surprised this year to find a caretakers' RV in place at the top. Not a bad idea. The private property here has been heavily vandalized for years. A surprise nonetheless. The caretakers have clearly cleaned up a lot of trash in their first week on the site. I hope they remain safe as rave organizers discover their party place is now off limits.
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