Back in the Santa Barbara area again. The main reason I went there last week was to visit Coronado Butterfly Preserve. As was the case a few weeks ago when I visited the Seal Sanctuary in Carpinteria, this is the time of year when Monarch butterflies gather in large numbers in certain, lucky areas, wintering sites. But I didn’t make it up to the Preserve last week and I really wanted to see those butterflies while I still could, so back up the coast I headed this week. I also hiked San Antonio Creek Trail, Ellwood Bluffs and Beach and Los Carneros County Park. I ended my day at Hammonds Meadow Trail and Butterfly Beach. Usually my little hike days aren’t particularly grueling but this day was different, an exhausting sun-up to sunset adventure which left me wasted but happy.