Tag Archives: Los Padres National Forest

Lion’s Mane, the Smart Mushroom

“H. erinaceus can be considered as useful therapeutic agents in the management and/or treatment of neurodegeneration diseases.” A comprehensive review of the therapeutic effects of Hericium erinaceus in neurodegenerative disease (2014) “Hericium erinaceus, an edible and medicinal mushroom, displays various … Continue reading

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Horripilation

A summer morning in the Santa Barbara backcountry. Weigh your counsel, Priest, he said. We are all here together. Yonder sun is like the eye of God and we will cook impartially upon this great siliceous griddle I do assure … Continue reading

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Foreclosure

They outlawed walking in the forest. They said it was too dangerous. They told me it was “critical” that I didn’t walk in the woods for my “own safety” and that of others. They said the conditions in other places … Continue reading

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Summer of Serpents of Rattlers Beware

California mountain kingsnake on Figueroa Mountain. Not to be confused with a California kingsnake: Killer Kingsnake Eats Water Snake “To combat the boredom, I occasionally drove over the coastal range and into the Santa Ynez Valley to hike the trails … Continue reading

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Resuscitation

Car headlights swept the blackness revealing a whirling glimpse of dirt parking lot that flashed in the night. Boulders ringed the empty lot before a backdrop of lumpy drab forest. Two men stood bound in a sleepless stupor gazing at … Continue reading

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