Glad to let you all know that I am now in DC area for the summer (at least until August 21st....if not longer.)
Am looking forward to meeting more new people, enjoying the history that this area offers, and developing even better relationships with all those that I already know (and love!)
Friends: please let me know if you are in the area!!!
Taking a short work break to organize and edit a few photos from Curt Cragg's and my 2-day backpacking hike from Mission San Buenaventura (Ventura) to Mission Santa Barbara.
This is part of a much larger project to develop a safe hiking route that will connect all 21 of California's missions. There are a few other published routes but most of them involve large stretches of hiking on Highway 101 which is something neither of us has any interest in doing. Our goal is to connect the missions with as much of the California Coastal Trail as possible (within the sights, smells, and sounds of the ocean) and to keep the hiker off of the major highways as much as possible.
During this hike we encounted an interesting sign post marking the Jan Bauitista de Anza National Historic Trail. This trail pretty much follows the route Curt and I are planning to take over our various sectional hikes. This is a very historic route first established in 1775 by the Spanish Commander Jan Bauitista de Anza to develop a land route between modern day Mexico and California. The route was used extensively for about 5 years until the 1781 Yuma (Quechan) Indian uprising isolated California to all but sea traffic for the next 40 or so years.
So in our own way, Curt and I are explorers ourselves, helping to reestablish a long forgotten foot route to connect the missions using modern day public trails and roads.
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