View our movies of our trip to the Thomas Range in April 2010 by clicking these links:
Of course I can’t mention California state parks without a political side…..
Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger has proposed massive state park closures as part of his proposed budget, in an effort to "save" hundreds of millions of dollars. AND he has rejected state Democrats’ proposal to add $15.00 to the state park fees for visitors.
News of The Terminator’s proposed park closures and parks on his hit list, which includes Sinkyone State Wilderness Park:
Next week Tom is taking me to one of my favorite places on earth to celebrate my 50 years of living – Sinkyone Wilderness State Park on the Lost Coast in Northern California. The Lost Coast is so named due to the lack of major road and highway access to the area.
Embedded in the 60 mile stretch of the Lost Coast, Sinkyone is a beautiful park rich with Native American History. To get to the Sinkyone State Park, visitors must get off the major highway onto a secondary road which ends at the access road to the park. This access road is a 3.5 narrow/one lane, steep, and winding path which opens up to a cliff that overlooks the ocean when you get into the park. The road continues along the park to various areas where you can camp. On any given day a visitor can see a herd of elk wandering through, take delight in watching seals play in the surf and on a clear day hope to see a whale off in the distance. This is in addition to the pristine beauty of the surroundings. Needless to say, I am very much looking forward to this respite.
From the California State Parks site on Sinkyone’s history:
For thousands of years before the first Europeans arrived, the Sinkyone Indians lived in this part of the coast. They occupied permanent villages alongside streams and rivers, and moved out in family groups to hunt and forage in the hills during the summer. They spent time along the coast fishing, gathering seaweed and shellfish, and hunting seals and sea lions, and harvesting the occasional dead whale that had washed on shore. Fish were an important source of food during the winter. All kinds of fish were caught, but the seasonal salmon run was especially important.
Most park visitors today assume that human beings have had little impact on this area. But every trail, road, or flat spot has been modified by human activity. Game trails were turned into pathways for pack mules loaded with tanbark for the tanneries of San Francisco. Roads were carved and graded for lumbering operations. Open areas and marine terraces were farmed and used to pasture sheep and cattle. Occasionally, what appears to be a wagon road or a modern jeep trail is actually an abandoned railroad right-of-way.
Here are other links with additional information I found on the Lost Coast:
King Range National Conservation Area: The Lost Coast
Hiking the Lost Coast
Hiking the Sinkyone Wilderness State Park
I read with skepticism today about a new worldwide initiative to select 7 “new” wonders of the world.
The “New7Wonders Foundation”, which is the body behind the New7Wonders campaign, has the express aim of documenting, maintaining, restoring and reconstructing world heritage under the motto:
“OUR HERITAGE IS OUR FUTURE.”
After perusing the website, I finally found a section where you can find out how this project got started. The preface tells the reader about how one man, Philon of Byzantium, in 200 B.C. solely selected the 7 Ancient Wonders of the World and that it is time for the people of the world to choose the new 7 Wonders of the World. Then readers go on to discover that one man, Bernard Weber, a wealthy filmmaker, museum curator, aviator, and explorer, created this project and financed the beginnings of the campaign, which developed a panel to select the “finalists” in this contest. The campaign is billed as a global movement as participants will be “making history”.
Then I discovered this link on the website: Business Opportunities.
New7Wonders is a truly global movement, combining mass-media reach with global interactivity and in-market events. A worldwide communications agency has calculated awareness amongst the world’s population already at 25% – this can only grow.
If you would like to be associated with this campaign in a commercial capacity, as a sponsor, event, media or other licensee, then please review the relevant categories in this section and use the contact form to communicate with us.
Information packs for each of the categories are available.
Unique business benefits are available with New7Wonders – together we can make marketing and commercial history!
On the surface, this project is exciting and appealing. However as you dig deeper into the project, one discovers that it seems to really be a project that may possibly line the pockets of some already rich people.
So I’m still skeptical of this campaign.
Yesterday we took a very short hike into Big Cottonwood Canyon on Guardsman’s Pass. More photos here.
Yesterday we took another spectacular hike, this time to a lake called Lake Blanche. We hiked up a 2.8 mile trail that ended at the lake and two other lakes, Lakes Florence and Lillian, a short walk just to the west of Lake Blanche. Spectacular views of Sundial and Dromedary Peaks could be seen for much of the hike, but especially at these lakes. The wildflowers were prolific and stunning and there were waterfalls everywhere.
We think we will take a backpacking trip there later this summer.
The photos at my personal website speak for themselves, but here are a couple:
I love summer because I get to do so many cool things. Like hiking, backpacking and traveling. I’ll be sharing links to my adventures here. So many activists get burned out because they spend all their time doing activist stuff. The passion remains but the energy to continue the activism wanes sometimes. So it’s good to get out and just enjoy being alive.
Yesterday we hiked White Pine Canyon in the Wasatch Mountains. My word for the day was “stunning”.