Comments by otiscalef

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Posted on June 2 at 10:15 a.m.

The Condor Trail is a wonderful idea: It would conceptually tie together the wilderness areas of the Los Padres and it would bring them much-needed attention. I hope that it would become a must-do route during the spring for through-hikers who plan longer trips later in the year.
Some will, no doubt, disagree with my statement that more attention is needed for our back country. I believe that if it does not get more attention and recreational use, the majority of the trails will simply disappear, as is happening, for example, in the Dick Smith.

On Plotting a 300-Mile Trail Through Our Backyard

Posted on October 21 at 9:04 a.m.

Here is an idea for the ultra-light Ray Jardine types: Years ago, friends were racing bicycles in Belgium. Their trainer gave them caffeine suppositories. But perhaps too Euro for American taste?

On Starbucks Leaves a Bad Taste in a Very Needy Guy

Posted on December 29 at 12:05 p.m.

Ray--Thanks for the report. One of the big environmental problems over there, beginning a few years ago, has been the spread of that weed, Cape ivy or German ivy. Before the fire, there was a severe infestation in the SE quadrant of the Park. I wonder what effect the fire will have on the ivy, and whether the Parks Dept. will now have an opportunity to beat it back.

On Parma Park Restoration Could Take Years

Posted on July 10 at 10:54 a.m.

Ray, Thanks for this excellent report, and great photos, too. I was in Seattle while the fire was taking off, and I was anxious to get solid, hard data on developments. Through your reporting in the Independent, I was able to get far better information than had ever been available prior to Zaca, last year. If only the maps on inciweb were improved.........................Otis

On On the Ground of the Gap Fire

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