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Travel has been mostly suspended since Covid-19 hit, so Jeanne Kelsey, left, and Candi Burquez brought their Coastal View News on an in-town adventure up the Franklin Trail. The running pals hit the trail three to four times each week, and even if the terrain is familiar, it’s still one of t…

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Lisa Rader and Michael Quigley enjoyed a relaxing trip to Cambria and surrounding communities to celebrate Quigley’s birthday. At Moonstone Beach in Cambria, the couple took off their masks for a moment to have their picture taken with their hometown paper. Their first get away since the Cor…

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In 2010, four Catholic priests who were in the same class at seminary, decided to use one week of their annual vacation to bicycle across the United States in segments of about 250 miles. Already in their middle 50s, the prospect of bicycling across the US seemed like a great adventure and a…

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Carpinterians Eric von Schrader and Becky Brittain von Schrader visited Barcelona in early February before the COVID-19 outbreak was declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization. “When we weren’t looking up at Sagrada Familia (pictured),” the von Schraders wrote, “we were read…

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In February, Mike and Diane Wondolowski spent time in Fairbanks and north of the Arctic Circle in Coldfoot, Alaska, chasing the Aurora Borealis (northern lights). While outdoors at night, they experienced what 40 degrees below zero feels like and were able to see and photograph beautiful aur…

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Best buds, from left, Wyatt Ray, Leo Rollman, Jonny Pettit-Herrera and Ryan Tucker hit the slopes with their Coastal View News for a day of riding at Snow Summit in Big Bear. Twenty-two degree nights were a sharp contrast to the 60-degree afternoons, but the four-pack of boarders reported th…

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Dan Drennan spent the last week of January at Disneyland, staying at the Grand Californian Hotel & Spa where he enjoyed the hot tub and pool area. While in the Disney zip code, Drennan met Mickey, Pluto and Goofy, who were happy to pose for pictures. The evil queen from Sleeping Beauty i…

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Stephen Joyce and his wife Lynda recently went to Cuba, where they visited Havana, Vinales, Cienfuegos, Trinidad and the Bay of Pigs. Stephen took a moment with the Coastal View News in the shadow of one of the planes used in the Bay of Pigs battle—the disastrous CIA operation in April 1961,…

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From left are CVN sports photographer Rosana Swing, her mother Arla Wardell and sister Laura Carroll enjoying a day on Hualapai Mountain  in Mojave County, near Kingman, Arizona. The trio had lunch at the Hualapai Mountain Resort Restaurant and observed a few elk, deer and a lone badger whil…

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Wade and Debbie Nomura took a short break during the holidays to visit Australia and the   Parliament House in the Capital City of Canberra, where the temperature was 100 degrees. 

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The Ready family of La Conchita—Caleb, Garrett, Grant, Winona and Aaron—visited London recently and took in the air on the River Thames. No word on whether they saw Harry and Meghan, but they were able to keep up-to-date on Carpinteria happenings with the Coastal View News. 

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Darci and Jason Ward visited the Colosseum in Rome on their honeymoon in November, enjoying perfect fall weather and keeping up with the news at home with the CVN.

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West Point graduate Bud Andrews (class of ’83) attended the annual Army-Navy football game on Dec. 14 in support of his alma mater, who unfortunately did not prevail against the Navy Midshipmen team. (The final score was 31-7, Navy.) On the field, West Point cadets assemble in a “March-on” f…

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Coastal View News graphic designer Kris Whittenton traveled with her family over the Thanksgiving holiday, stopping briefly to see General Patton’s Memorial Tank Museum in Chiriaco in Summit, California, before landing in Flagstaff, Arizona. With snow falling the day after Thanksgiving, the …

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Amanda McIntyre braved a brisk wind and frigid temperatures at the North Cape of Norway where the Norwegian Sea meets the Barents Sea. The Northern-most point in Europe, Nordkapp, is marked by the globe sculpture pictured. Norway’s North Cape was the site of several naval incursions during W…

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Retired CUSD teachers Martha McIntyre and Ceil Schnepple celebrated Thanksgiving in Antarctica, fulfilling a dream to visit the “Frozen Continent.” The adventurers landed on Half Moon Island, Danco Island, Necko Harbour and Demoy Point where they observed Chinstrap, Gentoo, Macaroni, and Ade…

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John Parsons, right, of Carpinteria made his third trip to Playa Larga, Cuba, to deliver baseball gloves to children. His buddy Dave Chamness accompanied Parsons on the trip and stood for a photo with resort manager Yanet Saurez. Debbie Cerino, not pictured, was also on the trip.

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Joe and Alice Vazquez cruised to see the engineering marvel that is the Panama Canal, just before Thanksgiving, with stops along the way at Cartagena, Costa Rica, Belize and Roatan. At their last stop in Costa Maya on the Yucatan Peninsula, they paused with CVN and had their photo taken. The…

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Cliff and Angi Wiggins moved to Carpinteria in September this year. “We love the Coastal View News,” the couple wrote. “It’s made us feel part of the community.” On their way to vacation in Orlando, Florida, the Wiggins picked up the latest edition of CVN and brought it to the Sunshine State.  

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Julia Offen brought the Coastal View News along when she attended the American Anthropological Association conference in Vancouver, British Columbia. As treasurer for the Society for Humanistic Anthropology and an editor for the association’s journal Anthropology and Humanism, Offen spent mo…

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Coastal View News photographer and woman-about-town Robin Karlsson took leave of her seaside beat to spend time with friends in the Rocky Mountains of Aspen, Colorado. With CVN in hand, she made it to the top of Aspen Mountain (elevation 11,212 feet) after a fresh, one-and-a-half feet of sno…

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The mother-daughter duo of Georgine and Zoe Carter visited the summit of Haleakala at Haleakala National Park Maui, and brought their copy of CVN along to take in the view. From their first trip to Hawaii, the Carters reported snorkeling with sea turtles almost daily amongst explosions of co…

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Matt and Toby Theule thoroughly enjoyed their first trip to Nashville to celebrate their 22nd anniversary (and brought CVN along for its 25th). Highlights from their trip include a tiny moment of fame on the Ryman Auditorium stage, where the Grand Ole Opry made its home for over 30 years.

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CVN sports photographer Rosana Swing, left, took leave of Carpinteria’s sports fields and courts with her mother, Arla Wardell, center, and sister, Laura Carroll, right, to visit family in Pennsylvania. In Elysburg, Pennsylvania, the trio enjoyed the Knoebel’s Grove Arts Festival, then made …

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Richard and Peter Wyckoff, along with their wives Mariann and Tammi, participated in the ALS Association fundraising event in Napa in late September in support of their sister Elizabeth Wyckoff (Benz), who was recently diagnosed with the disease. The event raised over a million dollars. Amyo…

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The Knecht family (Ashley, John, Ashton, 8, and Dylan, 6, pictured in the croc’s mouth) visited Queensland, Australia, where they stayed in a treehouse at a wildlife sanctuary in the Cairns Highlands. The Knechts also visited a crocodile park, explored Port Douglas and the Great Barrier Reef…

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This past July, Christine and Jasper Mallard visited Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Northern Michigan. A highlight of their trip to the “Unsalted Coast” was the Dunes Climb and Hike, a 3.5-mile (round trip) hike to Lake Michigan, which starts with a 100-foot dune climb (pictured).…

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In celebration of their wedding anniversary, Joe and Lucy Overgaag took their family to the Galápagos Islands. Cruising on board a small ship, they visited 10 different islands, encountering and learning about the various bird species and other wildlife as well as island vegetation and histo…

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Father Martini, back left, and Saint Joseph’s Church missionaries in Panama worked with the humanitarian non-profit group Floating Doctors. The organization has a main medical base in Panama and uses a fleet of small vessels to travel the mangrove waterways river systems to remote villages t…

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Lisa Guravitz, right, visited with Jamie Throgmorton who has relocated from Carpinteria to LaConner, Washington, and is dedicating her time and energy to working on climate change. Throgmorton reports feeling right at home in the Pacific Northwest. Guravitz brought a copy of Coastal View New…

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Steve and Roberta Christiansen recently visited the Arctic Circle in Norway. The sign in the picture warns to not venture further without a weapon, as the polar bears are a bit hungry in the summer months. Twenty-four hours of daylight brought the temperature up to the low 40s. “The locals w…

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The Maya family recently made a trip to Maui to celebrate their dad Francisco’s 50th birthday. With him are Juana Vallejo, Edi, Alfredo and Yasmín Maya, and Valentin Torres. The Mayas spent a week exploring the island and they brought the Coastal View News along to represent their hometown.

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“A jolly good time!” wrote Tom and Pam Bollinger of their visit to the Norwich Cathedral and the historic city of Norwich, UK. During their stay, they also traveled to Great Yarmouth seaside at the North Sea.

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Stefan Pitruzzelli brought a copy of the Coastal View News on his trip to New York City, where he saw several plays, shopped and visited the aircraft carrier Intrepid. The “palace guards” at FAO Schwartz took a moment to stand with a VIP visitor from Carpinteria, and take a photo.

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Marcus Hutchinson and Catalina Maldonado took a road trip to Denver, Colorado, and stopped at the Red Rocks Amphitheater with a copy of Coastal View News. The Red Rocks Amphitheater has hosted performances for over 100 years, and has been the venue for many notable concerts including the Bea…

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Lyle and Kathleen Mattes visited the Sydney Opera House with Coastal View News during a recent 28-day cruise, circumnavigating the continent of Australia. The couple visited in Sydney for several days, then enjoyed wild animal parks, caves, beaches and the beautiful cities of Melbourne, Pert…

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Formed over 30 years ago, a Carpinteria-based book club made a trip to the historic Raymond 1886, and visited the Norton Simon Museum after reading the book entitled Pasadena. Pictured are Christie Boyd, Shannon Sedivy, Carey Hobart, Sarah Sheridan, Yolanda Overbach, Bunni Lesh, Patsy Mayer …

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Maribel Betty and Greg Hash made a road trip to Vancouver, British Colombia, and visited Whistler Ski Resort along the way. “It was some of the most beautiful country we have ever seen,” the Hashes reported.

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Norman and Mary Cota with Dianne and Terry Moore visited the Alaskan coastline on a seven-day cruise. The Tongass National Forest covers most of Southeast Alaska and was designated by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1902. The Tlingit people (which translates to “the people of the tides”) com…

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Caroline Thompson and Steve Nicolaides visited Fort Robinson in Western Nebraska on a five-week road trip across Nevada, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, Arizona and Nevada. They spent two weeks on an 18,000-acre cattle ranch in Ogalala, Nebraska. Fort Robinson is where Crazy Horse surrendered and w…

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Carpinteria based journalist/author and community activist Leslie Westbrook took the Coastal View News with her to Mexico where she spent a month improving her Spanish and researching travel articles in San Miguel de Allende and Baja. She also spent a week at the Modern Elder Academy (pictur…

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Steve and Roberta Christiansen made a chilly autumn trip to Nova Scotia, battened down for weather and leaving behind a long hot summer in Carpinteria. One of Canada’s three Maritime Provinces, Nova Scotia was first inhabited by the Mi’kmaq people. The province is renowned for its maritime h…

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Storming the Irish Coast at Aran Islands with Road Scholars are, from left, Larry Nimmer, Tara O’Reilly, Anne Fraser and Robert Lehmann. The foursome circumnavigated Ireland and Scotland for 18 days last month aboard the Ocean Endeavor, with embarkations at various ports via inflatable Zodia…

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The Solorzano-Batesons visited family in Ireland this May, returning to Ruairi Bateson’s hometown of Kildare, as well as traveling to Galway and Dublin. They stopped for a family portrait in front of Saint Brigid’s Catholic Church in Suncroft Village, County Kildare. From left are Eileen, Mo…

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Attending the Rotary International Convention in Hamburg Germany are, from left, Wade Nomura, Kim Fly, Cheryl Wright, Laurie and Alia Matthews, Debbie Murphy and Paul Wright.

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Ted and Mary Anne Theilmann visited the Caves of Herculeas, an archaeological cave complex located in Cape Spartel, Morocco, as part of a two-month tour the couple made, which included a transatlantic crossing from Galveston, Texas to Barcelona, Spain. Their trip ended in Utrecht, The Nether…

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Eli LoMonaco got a jumpstart on summer vacation in Maui with his parents, Crescent and Michael LoMonaco. The family visited Kihea—a place known for gentle, rolling waves that are perfect for learning to surf. Multiple surf schools and surfboard rental operations line the shores there, helpin…

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Kissing the Blarney stone at Blarney Castle outside Cork City, Ireland, is said to bring eloquence, or “the gift of the gab,” as they say in those parts. The Blarney stone—a block of limestone that forms the ancient battlements guarding the castle—was set in 1446, and the castle is a popular…

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Alex Kempton took leave of Carpinteria for a flight over the Pacific to Kailua Bay, Kona, Hawaii in May. Kempton was on the big island visiting his brother-in-law Bruce Corker who owns Rancho Aloha coffee farm in Holualoa, Kona, Hawaii. Known for its snorkeling and swimming, Kailua Bay is al…

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Stephen and Lynda Joyce recently toured Peru visiting Lima, Cusco, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Punta. They sampled local cuisines including alpaca and ceviche. On the floating islands of Urus in Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world (pictured), the Joyces learned how…

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With a copy of the Coastal View News tucked in her day pack, Rosa Markolf made a trip to South Africa where she went on safari in Kruger and Entanabe national parks. Markolf and her niece Dawn Freddrick also visited Johannesberg, Capetown and Swaziiland.  

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