When we first arrived in Ventura my family had a picnic on a lovely grassy hill overlooking the ocean. Then we realized the hill had greater meaning to families before us.
A picnic view from Cemetery Park past poinsettias looking toward the Ventura pier and the beautiful Pacific Ocean.
"Rosa rises in the sun and rain ..." A 1938 mural in the downtown post office.
On a walk I saw this picture of Zack Lee and was moved by his senseless murder.
"Sometimes I think I see a ghost hanging 'round Two Trees, sometimes I hear the wind recall the name of Zachary Lee."
"All that glitters it ain't gold, that's what I've been told, Goodwill Gal gives a smile to me."
Lot's of lively locations in Ventura where for "One night only ...
angels appear ...
for tips ...
"Azucena wears the sun, like a coat of many colors, a favorite of everyone, the envy of her brothers ..." this is one of many wonderful murals by M.B. Hanrahan celebrating our cultural roots.
Sometimes called Ventucky, Bakersfield by the Beach, Ventura has that down home character and music too!
"Go tell Kate, kitchen's on fire, kitchen's on fire ..."
A welcoming coastal climate and friendly community is what you'll find.
A homeless man camped on the beach created beauty with the little he had available to him.
If you take the California Coast Starlight train it crosses the Ventura river. Don't forget to take your "Old Leather Suitcase with the lock that won't close ..."
Since 1872 the Ventura pier has served agriculture, fishing, oil trade and now tourism as a landmark.
The beaches in Ventura and throughout the county offer some of the best surfing in the country. I wanted to write a song but the Beach Boys beat me to it.
Yep. That's Monarch the grizzly bear on our flag.
Across the street from the mission is a mural celebrating Chinese Alley. Immigrants have long been part of our heritage.
Father Serra established Mission San Buenaventura on Easter Sunday 1782.
The Mission. "We crossed the ocean for God and good fortune, for taking, and for giving ..."