T.H. Watkins' book On the Shore of the Sundown Sea, published by the Sierra Club, tells of the T.H.'s experience camping with his big family at Salt Creek, exploring the southern Orange County coastline during the post WWII years to the passage of Proposition 20 in 1972. I was introduced to T.H. Watkins' book by … Continue reading On the Shore of the Sundown Sea – T.H. Watkins
Stories of Arroyo Hondo by Chris Chapman
It's been one month shy of two years since I posted a book review on this blog (not for want of California coastal books, of which there are many terrific titles released), because I was otherwise occupied and neglected this site. After reading Chris Chapman's Stories of Arroyo Hondo, the end has arrived for this book review drought … Continue reading Stories of Arroyo Hondo by Chris Chapman
Whatever Happened to the Hippies?
In my never-ending search for writings on the Coast Road, I discovered this little book that documents the people who moved to the Mattole and Eel watersheds, the "Mateel," located in southern Humboldt County (SoHum). Twenty-three individual narratives intertwine to tell the stories of settlement, stereotyping of hippies, rednecks, loggers, straights, and the rowdy bikers, … Continue reading Whatever Happened to the Hippies?
Where The Road Begins by Peter Gray Scott
After reading Where The Road Begins, I wonder why I've never seen on cars of Big Sur residents', bumper stickers protesting, "To Hell With Ansel Adams!" The author of Where The Road Begins, Peter Gray Scott, is a resident of the Oakland Hills, born and raised in Berkeley, and educated at Stanford. Mr. Scott is … Continue reading Where The Road Begins by Peter Gray Scott
Remember those Forgotten Landscapes of California
I want to experience uncrowded beaches in California, when the only hazard might be a sloth of grizzlies feeding off a whale's washed-up carcass. I'd like to regard old growth redwood forests, when they weren't yet old, and certainly not pockmarked by logging. I'd like to see skies blackened by birdlife, including a condo of … Continue reading Remember those Forgotten Landscapes of California
Coast Road Historical Markers
Whizzing along at 55 mph, another bronze plaque, a California Roadside Historical Marker, half-hidden behind azalea shrubs, is only noticed after passing the turn-out. One day you must remember to stop and read what took place there. In the meantime, it's cold, you're busy, and getting out of the car to read some historic plaque … Continue reading Coast Road Historical Markers
Opening Day of the Golden Gate Bridge
La Nostra Costa, Santa Cruz North Coast
Ivano Franco Comelli's La Nostra Costa (our coast) sticks an Italian flag in the coast north of Santa Cruz. Ivano Comelli is "un figlio della costa (son of the coast), born and raised on a brussel sprouts rancio." Ivano's family lived on the Coast Road from 1937 to 1953 amongst other ranceri and amici della … Continue reading La Nostra Costa, Santa Cruz North Coast