Tag Archives: Camping

Parks Management Company’s Red Rock Racket

Red Rock, Santa Ynez River, Santa Barbara County “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 … Continue reading

Posted in Santa Barbara | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 37 Comments

A Great Interval of Silence, Chumash Wilderness

Boilin’ the billy. “Great intervals of silence are evidently conducive to our well-being. A meditative stillness, suggests Gary Snyder, was invented by waiting hunters. Perhaps this reflected the poised and ruminating hush of mothers of sleeping infants. High levels of … Continue reading

Posted in Ventura County | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 13 Comments

Bear Trail Don’t Burn

Two bear footprints worn through dried leaves to the soil beneath in an area burned by the Sherpa Fire along the Gaviota Coast. This print pattern, more distinct in some places than others, continues for some distance along the unburned trail … Continue reading

Posted in Gaviota | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 16 Comments

Matías Reyes, Santa Barbara Mission (1887)

“Old Matías Reyes lived in Mission Cañon. He used to bring wood to town and sell it.” —Santa Barbara: Tierra Adorada, A Community History (1930) In her book, “Canyon Voices: The Nature of Rattlesnake Canyon (2006),” Santa Barbara resident Karen Telleen-Lawton … Continue reading

Posted in Santa Barbara | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Sitiptip Flat, Los Padres National Forest

The place. Note the white mineral deposit on its far side. “Our history is carried by word of mouth, but it’s anchored to the land. The old boys used to play a game: one of them would leave his cap on … Continue reading

Posted in Ventura | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 12 Comments