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Blue & Green 2012

Our Annual Ode to the Great Outdoors


Every year before summer, The Santa Barbara Independent celebrates the blue of the waters and green of the lands that surround Santa Barbara. For 2012, we check out the Los Padres backcountry, practice some beach-going, interview a hiking author and wildlife tracker, and much more.

• What Five Days and 30 Miles in Santa Barbara’s Backcountry Teaches You: Hiking Los Padres’s Gene Marshall-Piedra Blanca National Recreation Trail

S.B. Backcountry Tracking: Field Guide to Animal Tracks and Scat of California

• The Forgotten Art of Beach Going: One Man’s Ode to Enjoying the Edge of the Continent

• New Guide to the Los Padres National Forest: Craig R. Carey’s Hiking & Backpacking Santa Barbara & Ventura

• Adventure for Hire 2012: Listing of Blue & Green Companies and Stores

Backcountry Bloggers

Many engaging, informative websites and writers cover Los Padres National Forest. Here are some of the best, with their associated titles and taglines.

independent.com/hiking: Hiking the Backcountry with Dan McCaslin.

craigrcarey.net: “The Tale of a Beard, Four Paws, and a Forest.” Click here for our interview with Craig Carey.

vccanyoneering.blogspot.com: Ventura County Canyoneering Club. “Searching for lost secrets.”

davidstillman.blogspot.com: “Peaks, passes, trails, etc. … ”

emwalker.net: The Los Padres Expatriate Hiker. “Hike; ignore the static.”

yankeebarbareno.com: Jack Elliott’s Santa Barbara Adventure. “… tales from one man’s wanderings, regional insight and history.”

herbwalks.com: Ojai and Southern California Herb Walks with Lanny Kaufer. “‘We are constantly walking on herbs, the virtues of which no one knows.’ — Chumash tradition”

sbtrails.org: S.B. County Trails Council. “Supporting trail access in Santa Barbara County.”

santabarbarahikes.com: “Great day hikes.”

facebook.com/CondorTrail: Condor Trail. “Recreational through-hiking route designed to span the north to south length of the Los Padres National Forest.”

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