Monthly Archives: July 2013

Semen Stains, Fake Tequila and Cava de Oro in Mexico

Sonoran Desert “The traveler was active; he went strenuously in search of people, of adventure, or experience. The tourist is passive; he expects interesting things to happen to him. He goes ‘sightseeing.’” —Daniel J. Boorstin, The Image: A Guide to … Continue reading

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Gaviota Pass Overlook, Gaviota State Park

The Gaviota Coast and Santa Ynez Mountains. “The Gaviota Coast is the largest stretch of undeveloped coastline remaining in Southern California, and is representative of the only coastal Mediterranean ecosystem in North America.” —Gaviota Coast Conservancy Surf in the morning. … Continue reading

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Marijuana in the Woods: Endangering Hikers and Killing Wildlife

Marijuana growing in the Los Padres National Forest. (Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Department) Marijuana Increasingly Grown In National Forests According to the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Department, “large-scale marijuana cultivation is a serious and increasingly widespread problem on public lands in California, … Continue reading

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Chumash Indian Rock Art Pictograph

Little Ms. E and I ventured out for a short hike Wednesday morning to a pictograph site. This is the fifth Indian rock art site I’ve taken her to and it required the longest and most strenuous hike for her … Continue reading

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100° Hike

Santa Ynez Valley viticulture as seen on drive to trailhead. It’s an ordinary summer day. It’s not one of those media hyped heat wave events, but it’s supposed to be hot out. Such forecasts don’t really apply to the backcountry, … Continue reading

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