Sunny Santa Barbara: Paragliders Come Out to Play

Don’t tell anyone in Santa Barbara it’s November 27th – it was a summer day here if I ever saw one.

There were sailboats in the harbor, toes in the sand, and bikers all over the place. I had to get some work done in the morning, but after I wrote I had a nice lunch with a friend at Flavor of India – widely considered the best Indian restaurant in town.

Paraglider takes off from Elings Park.

It was only the second time I’ve had Indian food in my life – so I’m in no position to talk restaurants – but I had the Chicken Tikka Masala and it was delicious. Tender chicken in what is essentially a spicy tomato cream sauce. It seems like a really good entry-level dish to the Indian cuisine, perhaps a good transition for someone who enjoys Italian food.

That makes two good experiences with Indian – looks like there will be a third.

After the meal I took a walk around Elings Park and checked out the paragliders and the sparkling Pacific. It was such an amazing day today – seventy degrees and noticibly clear. These are the days I’ll miss when I head East – when the weather is simply paralyzing and it’s just a pleasure to exist, to be present for the visions of paradise and the relaxation you feel within yourself.

It was a great send off – I’m headed to Puerto Vallarta tomorrow.

We have an early flight (6:30 a.m.), but that means an early-afternoon arrival in Mexico.




  1. This must have been so much fun to do in Santa Barbara, and at sunset too, wow! Those are some of the best sunsets I have ever seen so paragliding into them must have been so much fun! I’ve always wanted to do this but never had the courage to do it, so this is just more motivation to get out there and just do it! I love going to Santa Barbara and keeping my feet on the ground with hiking and surfing!

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