At a rest area in Santa Barbara County along the 101 Freeway, roughly where oil spewed from a pipeline, a steady stream of travelers and residents stopped to watch the cleanup effort.
As a helicopter buzzed incessantly overhead and cleanup boats corralled slimy crude in long yellow booms, Angel Waters, 34, of Silver Lake shook her head.
"This is crazy," Waters said. "We were just camping at Refugio [State Beach] on Monday. We were watching whales and dolphins, smelling the sea and thinking how beautiful it was. Now this."
Waters resigned herself to the fact that this would probably not be the area's last spill.
"This is not a...