Alder Creek Trail, Sespe Condor Sanctuary.

One of my favorite hiking destinations! I have been going out to the Sespe for about 35 years now. I never fail to enjoy it. It is vast, 219,000 acres of land with hundreds of miles of little used trail plus much of it is surrounded by  little used national forest. When I want to…Read more Alder Creek Trail, Sespe Condor Sanctuary.

Life and Death in the Wild

First, I want you to read this article: https://www.outsideonline.com/2336896/snowbound Then I'll discuss it from my POV.   Okay, done? Stephen Olshansky's youth sounds very similar to mine. He was born the same year as I, 1956. In high school, Otter was easily bored, though he was a smart kid. “5th grade bullied terribly left scar…Read more Life and Death in the Wild

Fishbowl – Cedar Creek Loop

The Sespe Wilderness Area is vast. Within it are enough trails to keep an active hiker busy for years - or for someone like me, for a lifetime. A few of the trails are more active. The "biggie" is the Middle Sespe River Trail which connects to the Sespe River Trail. It follows the Sespe…Read more Fishbowl – Cedar Creek Loop

All is not what it appears to be.

I recently got a blurb in the e-mail exhorting me to contribute to an environmentalist group claiming that the forest service is caving to the demand of Big Lumber to allow logging in the Los Padres National Forest. They link to this article: As Trump tweets about California fires, his administration wants to expand logging…Read more All is not what it appears to be.

World Naked Bike Ride 2018 – LA, Afterglow

For an in-depth discussion of what it is and why we do it - and a few more pix - please visit Welcome to World Naked Bike Ride Los Angeles where I got this featured image from. That's us passing the Disney Center. There are also WNBRLA Facebook pages. And even an article in Bicycling:…Read more World Naked Bike Ride 2018 – LA, Afterglow

Sykes Hot Springs in the Ventana Wilderness

Back in 2015, before the big fires and the big rains, I did a 4-day backpack trip to Sykes Hot Springs on the Big Sur River The trail was good (except for one spot). I met plenty of hikers. Some were obviously experienced backpackers and some were wearing a bikini and flip-flops. Big Sur is…Read more Sykes Hot Springs in the Ventana Wilderness