Carpinteria is a tiny beach town with no crowds and safe beaches. When Spanish explorers came here in 1769, they saw the carpentry workshop of the Chumash Indians, who used the local tar to seal their boats. Hence the town’s name — the carpentry shop. It’s one of my favorite destinations, and it’s only 90 miles from home. This weekend was finally cooler (thank you, thank you, thank you!) so we headed north with a beach umbrella and a picnic basket and cameras and a couple of books. Perfect!
The tar, or pitch, oozes from the sand and dirt at the beach.
The low beach cliffs are “paved” with naturally occurring tar.
As I was looking at the pictures from yesterday’s getaway, the tar reminded me of a visit to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art this past July. What the two have in common: tar. It oozes from the lawn and sidewalks that surround LACMA, and it has entombed mammoths and saber tooth tigers and lots of other critters.
I was at LACMA in July to see the exhibit “From Van Gogh to Kandinsky: Expressionism in Germany and France”.