Paddling pals

Paddling pals

By Alison Withers

The first time I saw an outrigger canoe was on vacation on Oahu in 2010. It was the 4th of July, and it also happened to be the day of the annual Walter J. Macfarlane Memorial Canoe Regatta — the oldest annual outrigger canoe race in the world, getting its start in 1943. Hundreds of canoes lined the beach. The race had finished earlier that morning, and the paddlers were now enjoying cold beers and celebrating their finishes.

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Teeing Up on East County Greens

Teeing Up on East County Greens

By The Unknown Golfer

Central California weather is golfing weather. It’s no wonder, then, that the Thousand Oaks/Westlake/Camarillo area has a number of amazing golf courses — suited for golfers of all abilities — within easy access of Highway 101.

Here are three courses we would recommend checking out this spring: Sterling Hills Golf Club, Los Robles Greens, and Westlake Golf Course. Over the span of two days, I visited the Sterling Hills Golf Club and talked to a twosome as they enjoyed a post-round drink, talked with the General Manager of the Westlake Golf Course about what they have to offer the golf community, and, finally, got out and played a delightful round with a longtime friend at Los Robles Greens.

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Whale Watching 101

Whale Watching 101

A guide to viewing some of Earth’s largest animals, just off the Central Coast

by Michele Roest

The California coastline has some of the best places in the world for whale watching. The clean, nutrient-rich waters offer prime feeding areas for many species of whales, and are part of a migration pathway that has been used for thousands of years. Besides the gray whales, who perform their astounding annual 10,000-mile round-trip migration, there are also frequent sightings of humpback, blue and killer whales. Many species of smaller whales and dolphins also travel in nearshore ocean waters.

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Sweet local bicycle riding in Ojai and Ventura

Sweet local bicycle riding in Ojai and Ventura

By Bennett Barthelemy

We’ve been pushing our bikes 
up some of the hill. But we don’t mind because we are able to better appreciate the shimmering diamond light bouncing off the Pacific Ocean 15 miles away, and the Channel Islands swimming off in its hazy distance. Remnants of the devastating Thomas Fire two years ago are barely visible on the trail around us as the tenacious chaparral has rebounded after welcomed winter rains.

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California 101 Golf Trail San Luis Obispo

California 101 Golf Trail San Luis Obispo

By The Unknown Golfer

I recently decided to play more golf, mostly to address some work/life balance challenges I’ve faced in recent years. Luckily for me, the Central Coast is chock full of excellent public golf courses. In keeping with my self-promise, I called on three college buddies to join me for a golf weekend, and they quickly agreed.

So, we picked a weekend in late October and met up for three days of golf, conversation, and relaxation. The three courses we selected were Nipomo’s Monarch Dunes and Black Lake, and Dairy Creek in San Luis Obispo. We set off on our three-day adventure from Santa Barbara and started with a Friday morning round at Monarch Dunes. Here is what we discovered.

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