Author Archives: Jack Elliott

Parks Management Company’s Red Rock Racket Continues

Santa Ynez River “The writer’s duty to speak the truth—especially unpopular truth. Especially truth that offends the powerful, the rich, the well-established, the traditional, the mythic, the sentimental. To attack, when the time makes it necessary, the sacred cows of … Continue reading

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Horny Toad

“It was a rough land that bred a tough man.” —Louis L’Amour, Utah Blaine (1984) The observer may glean some insight into the nature of the land by looking at its native inhabitants. When you’re wearing a helmet of horns and shrouded … Continue reading

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Hageman Falls

The view from the top of Hageman Falls, which overlooks the Santa Ynez River. It is an ephemeral waterfall that only flows during periods of heavier rainfall and only for a short time thereafter. Facing somewhat north eastward on the … Continue reading

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Koso Shoshone Native American Rock Art, Ghost Dance and Hunting Magic

Trona Pinnacles. Enter, if ye dare. The Trip Out Yonder Some monstrous industrial ramrod ferociously hammered at long intervals some unseen target of progress, the metallic slamming a devilish metronome, the concussive impact reverberating off a pinch of rolling mountains … Continue reading

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San Lucas Falls, Santa Ynez Mountains

A view of the Pacific Ocean overlooking the Gaviota Coast from the crest of the Santa Ynez Mountains atop San Lucas Falls canyon. San Lucas Falls is rarely visited and hardly ever seen by anybody despite being one of the … Continue reading

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