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The Two RV Gypsies
went to Stearns Wharf
in Santa Barbara, California

July 30, 2012

history bookStearns Wharf is a pier in the harbor at Santa Barbara, California. When completed in 1872, it became the longest deep-water pier between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Named for its builder, local lumberman John P. Stearns, the wharf served the passenger and freight shipping needs of California's South Coast for over a quarter century.

When the railroad reached Santa Barbara in 1877, Stearns added an additional spur to the wharf, providing a necessary transport link to his lumberyard and the nearby Southern Pacific Depot. The spur was damaged by severe storms in the early 20th century and was finally abandoned in 1923.

Since its beginning, Stearns Wharf has had several natural and economic disasters, from the big earthquake in 1925 to a fire in 1973 which caused its closing. The wharf stayed closed for six years until restorations were completed in 1981. Another fire in the winter of 1998 devastated the last hundred and fifty feet of the wharf, including Moby Dick Restaurant. Though the rest of the wharf remained open during this period, the rebuilding took around two years. Stearns Wharf stands today as Santa Barbara's most visited landmark.

Rusty's Pizza Parlor
The Dolphin Fountain is very beautiful and can be seen at the beginning of Stearns Wharf. It was sculpted by local artist Bud Bottoms.
Rusty's Pizza Parlor across from the Santa Barbara pier in California
the start of the Santa Barbara pier
As Lee and Karen Duquette and Karen's sister Ilse were walking on Stearns Wharf, they looked over the side railing at the beach and several people had set up a "game" for people on the pier to play. Each "game" involved throwing coins over the railing into a jar or onto the "game" blanket. An easy way for some individuals to earn some money. There were also several other games in the sand below.
game blanket for a Vietnam Veteran
Dino's Ask a Question, Get an Answer game baseball coin toss game
A panorama from Stearns Wharf of the beach area.
A panorama from the Santa Barbara pier of the beach area
If you could zoom in on the photo below, you would see that it appears that one sun-worshiper forgot her bathing suit. (AT&T is now limiting the amount of uploads the two RV Gypsies can do each month, so photos are now appearing smaller than previous pages, and of course all photos have been lowered in resolution for this website - sorry to spoil your fun people). So maybe you can adjust your monitor percentage.
looking out from from the Santa Barbara pier to the beach area
Santa Barbara beach

The Harbor Restaurant was built on the wharf in 1941, marking an end to the shipping and transportation era of the 19th century. The restaurant proved to be the economic backbone of the wharf.

The Harbor Restaurant on the Santa Barbara pier
Lunch time
Karen's sister Ilse and Lee Duquette
The two RV Gypsies and Ilse having lunch on the pier
Karen's sister Ilse and Lee Duquette
Karen Duquette looking out at the water.
Karen Duquette looking out at the water.
the water and boats
Karen Duquette walking on the pier looking across the parking lot to the stores
Karen Duquette walking on the pier
looking across the parking lot to the stores
Karen Duquette and her sister Ilse at Stearns Wharf in California.
Karen Duquette and her sister Ilse on the Santa Barbara pier in California
Karen Duquette and her sister Ilse on the Santa Barbara pier in California
Karen Duquette photographng a boat
quiet waters
Below: Beware of the Tasmanian Taffy Turkey bobbing up and down and pecking at her eggs
Beware of the Tasmanian Taffy TurkeyTasmanian Taffy Turkey clipart
boats
boats
sailboats
A pelican
water
a boat
Lee Duquette with his sea-weed earring.
laughing clipart dudeLee Duquette with his sea-weed earring
Oh my goodness - what does Lee expect to see inside the whale???
Lee Duquette looking inside the whale's mouth
Lee Duquette looking inside the whale's mouth
sign about Moby Dick
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Stearns Wharf in Santa Barbara Knotts Berry Farm in Buena Park
The Getty Center
in the Santa Monica Mountains
Karen Duquette's family time
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