Ojai Valley Museum exhibits our surprising ties to cowboy culture

Ojai Valley Museum exhibits our surprising ties to cowboy culture

By Misty Hall

I grew up not really knowing most street names in Ojai. You either went through town, or “the back way.” I couldn’t have told you the streets in the Arbolada, but before I was 10, I knew that if you hung a left at that little triangle junction and then a right by the cemetery, you could shave three whole minutes off your trip to Meiners Oaks. Once I finally started noticing street names (probably around the time I got my license), I began to wonder who they were named after. Some of them I knew — like Libbey, and Thacher. But what about Tico, and Arnaz, and Santa Ana?

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Ojai Valley Trail

Ojai Valley Trail

By Misty Hall

Want a good bike ride with a beachy reward at the end? Just hop on the Ojai Valley Trail. Known more commonly by its nickname, “The Bike Trail” is a paved trail that runs 9 miles from Soule Park Golf Course all the way to west Ventura. It connects to the Ventura River Trail, which runs a few more miles and ends just a few blocks from the beach.

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The Ojai

The Ojai

By Misty Hall

This time of year, you might hear people around town talking about “The Ojai.”
“Are you going to The Ojai?”
“Where else would I be on the last Sunday in April?”
“Great! See you at the tea tent!”

For the uninitiated, we’re talking about The Ojai Tennis Tournament, and it’s kind of a big deal. A big deal historically (this is its 119th year) and logistically — more than 100 courts, public and private, are used in Ojai and around western Ventura County.

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The Humane Society of Ventura County

The Humane Society of Ventura County

By Misty Hall

If you’ve ever had a pet, you know that after a long day there’s nothing better than coming home to a furry friend who is absolutely ecstatic to see you. Big sloppy puppy kisses, a purring cat rubbing against your shins, a whinny coming from the barn … the connection and love goes both ways, sure. But if you ask me, we humans are getting the better end of the deal.

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The sweet, sweet citrus

The sweet, sweet citrus

By Misty Hall

If you’ve ever been to the Ojai Valley, you probably know how we feel about our citrus. We turn our noses up at the greenish-tinted imports at the supermarkets, and instead seek the goods grown right here in the valley. Whether it’s at the Ojai Farmers Market, one of the many roadside fruit stands, or the mecca of Ojai citrus, Friend’s Ranches Packinghouse, we know where to go to get the freshest, most flavorful stuff available.

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