Right now, the Rey fire is burning in Santa Barbara county. It’s the second large fire in Santa Barbara recently, and it’s currently burned over 30k acres. Not surprisingly, these fires seem to have reignited the debate over whether these natural disasters are good or bad and what they tell us about the state of our surrounding environment.
Santa Barbara is a very unique place to ride a mountain bike. The mountains around SB shoot up quickly out of the ocean (~4k feet), which makes for long, challenging climbs and steep descents. Most of the trails in the area were not built with mountain bike riding in mind–so most of them are only rideable in one direction (down).