Tag Archives: Hiking

Wild Oyster Mushrooms and Reading the Nuances of Nature

Oysters on a standing dead cottonwood tree in the Santa Ynez Mountains. You can see where the deceased tree’s canopy had filled in the now empty sky above, the other trees wrapping around it. “The hunter-gatherer lives on what is … Continue reading

Posted in Santa Barbara | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 11 Comments

The Ol’ Swimmin’ Hole

“Most of these places, however, were not marked as special on my map. But they became special by personal acquaintance. … I remembered what Ishmael had said in Moby-Dick about the island of Kokovoko: ‘It is not down in any … Continue reading

Posted in Santa Barbara | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Fire Poppy (Papaver californicum)

Great Scott! He’s found it. Our indefatigable wanderer of lands of lesser interest, fumbling, bumbling, stumbling his way onward deep within the myriad folds of the wildfire wasted, drought stricken, flash flood ravaged Santa Ynez Mountains, having mustered the resolve … Continue reading

Posted in Santa Barbara | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

From Graffiti to Graffito, Trash To Treasure

The old black board inside Manzana Schoolhouse, a free-for-all graffiti panel. (Manzana Creek Schoolhouse Circa 1893) Inside the old Manzana Creek schoolhouse within the San Rafael Wilderness of Santa Barbara County one hundred years worth of names and dates cover … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Ko’onzi Indian Village Ruins

Looking toward the Ko’onzi village site, the salt flats of Saline Valley visible in the distance beneath the snow-capped peaks of the Inyo Range. “Saline Valley, Inyo County, California, is one of the most remarkable places in the state. . … Continue reading

Posted in California | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments