Window to the Wilderness

Journal of the Ventana Wilderness Alliance
Summer Solstice 1999 -- Volume II, Number 2

"All the coast passed this day is very bold; there is a great swell and the land is very high. There are mountains which seem to reach the heavens, and the sea beats on them; sailing along close to land, it appears as though they would fall on the ships."
Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, Portugese-born maritime explorer for the King of Spain,
describing the Northern Santa Lucia as seen from sea in November of 1542.

 

CONTENTS
 


Opinion


Some Sayings are Worth
the Price of a Walk
A Review
by
J. McKellar


Unique and Noteworthy Plants of
the Santa Lucia Mountains
Part Two
Lupinus (Lupines):
Two Endemics and a
Montane Disjunct
by
David Rogers


Invasive Exotic Plants Series
Sticky Eupatorium
by
Dave Nelson


A Day's Season
on the Mountain
by
Meade Fischer


Santa Lucia Flash Flood
by
Steve Chambers


Times Past
The Grizzly Bear of 1913


Gallery
Silver Peak
and
Big Creek


Map Mania
Test Your Topographic Know-How


Lost Trails of the Wilderness
Turner Creek Gap
to Comings Cabin


Lost Camps of the Wilderness
Lower San Antonio Camp


Placenames of the Wilderness
Mount Manuel


Birds of the Northern
Santa Lucia
Acorn Woodpecker


Feature Flower
Santa Lucia Sticky Monkeyflower


The Last Word
Blending Together
a poem, by
Tessa Libby

Back Issues
Spring Equinox '99
Winter Solstice '98
Fall Equinox '98
Summer Solstice '98


Submissions Encouraged


 

FROM THE EDITORS
 

Here at the Summer Solstice the days are as long and languid as they're going to get, which of course makes for wonderful backcountry travel. Even as you read this the creeks and rivers of the Ventana are gayly chattering their way over cool boulders, drenched in the sublime shadow-light of summer sun filtered through the verdant overarching boughs of alder and maple. On the ridges a warm breeze wafts up-canyon, rich with the reminiscient aroma of sage, chamise, chapparal. The distant brush-covered hillsides seem to quiver under the heavy load of the solstice sun, while lizards lay out on rocks and the everpresent insects fill the air with a strangely comforting monotonic humm.

This issue of the Double Cone Quarterly holds a delightfully eclectic mix of material. From grizzly bears to flash floods to the brighter side of the adventure pass, you'll find it all here. We hope you enjoy the reading.

Savor the season,

The Editors

 

 

The Double-Cone Quarterly is published four times a year, on the equinoxes and solstices, by the Ventana Wilderness Alliance and can be obtained free of charge by anyone with an internet connection who steers their browser to http://www.ventanawild.org/news/news.html. 

Editor, Webmonkey:  Boon Hughey

Associate Editor:  Gordon Johnson 

Editor-at-Large, Graphicsguru:  Philip Williamson 

Contributing Editor:  David Rogers 

 

All articles, photographs, and artwork are copyright ©1999 by their creators. All rights reserved.

 

 

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