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by Boon
Wed Jul 24, 2013 12:05 pm
Forum: Ventana Discussion
Topic: Cold Camping
Replies: 9
Views: 2028

Cold Camping

With the strict fire regs now upon us, I thought it might be helpful to start a thread of ideas for enjoyable cold-camping without a stove or fire. For me the biggest issues have always been morning coffee and dinner, until I came up with perfectly workable alternatives. Mocha Milkshake: In an 8oz N...
by Boon
Sun Jul 21, 2013 6:54 pm
Forum: Ventana Discussion
Topic: Thousands of pot plants...
Replies: 2
Views: 864

Thousands of pot plants...

Thousands of pot plants seized in Los Padres National Forest Bay City News Service Published 6:15 pm, Sunday, July 21, 2013 "The Monterey County Sheriff's Office reported seizing more than 10,000 marijuana plants in a recent series of eradication operations in the Los Padres National Forest.&qu...
by Boon
Sat Jul 20, 2013 8:04 am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Lyme disease article
Replies: 4
Views: 4594

Re: Lyme disease article

Apparently it is here: http://www.montereyherald.com/local/ci_12018276 "Lyme disease often goes undiagnosed in Monterey County, because it is not well recognized in this area. Some doctors don't believe it exists in California. My experience, and the experiences of 12 other county residents — i...
by Boon
Tue Jul 09, 2013 8:26 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Lyme disease article
Replies: 4
Views: 4594

Lyme disease article

There's an excellent and indepth article on Lyme disease in a recent issue of the New Yorker magazine that is very much worth the read for anyone who ventures into the backcountry, or anywhere else for that matter. Read it via the link below, and there's little doubt you'll be even more careful with...
by Boon
Thu May 09, 2013 10:02 am
Forum: Ventana Discussion
Topic: China Camp to Sykes specifics?
Replies: 6
Views: 2204

Re: China Camp to Sykes specifics?

Rick - you'll definitely find water at both Pine Ridge and Redwood camps. The possible booger is going to be recognizing the turnoff to Pine Ridge Camp from the main trail - many a hiker has walked right by it, enamoured with the views ahead and not paying attention. To make sure you don't miss it, ...
by Boon
Thu Jan 17, 2013 2:11 pm
Forum: Ventana Discussion
Topic: 160 Acre Ventana Inholding Protected
Replies: 0
Views: 1036

160 Acre Ventana Inholding Protected

The good folks at the Wilderness Land Trust have just finalized the purchase of a 160 acre private inholding within the Ventana Wilderness, with eventual transfer to the Los Padres National Forest as new public land being the forward plan. Those who have walked the North Coast Ridge Road down near i...
by Boon
Fri Sep 21, 2012 8:22 pm
Forum: Trails and Trailwork Discussion
Topic: VWA Trail Crew Special Event - September 29-30
Replies: 2
Views: 1635

Re: VWA Trail Crew Special Event - September 29-30

Public lands are a wonderful thing. Let's not take them for granted, and pitch in when we can.

by Boon
Sat Aug 18, 2012 10:00 pm
Forum: Gear & Gadgets
Topic: Backcountry smartphone apps
Replies: 9
Views: 7190

Re: Backcountry smartphone apps

My vague concern is that some folks are beginning to depend so much upon these various electronic gadgets that rely on fallible batteries and sattelites that they'll never develop any of the essential rudimentary backcountry navigation skills of their own, which could put them in real danger someday...
by Boon
Tue Jul 03, 2012 12:22 pm
Forum: Ventana Discussion
Topic: Odd Poison Oak Reaction
Replies: 3
Views: 1515

Re: Odd Poison Oak Reaction

Hmmm - never hear of poison oak affecting someone like this before. Do you think there may be a chance that it was an insect bite of some sort, perhaps a tick? Might be a good idea to do a google image search on "lyme disease" and compare your rash with those pictured, which vary quite a b...
by Boon
Wed May 16, 2012 8:33 pm
Forum: Ventana Discussion
Topic: Can anyone tell me the name of this plant?
Replies: 8
Views: 1750

Re: Can anyone tell me the name of this plant?

One crusty Ventana old-timer refers to this variety of ceanothus as "the plant with its roots in hell." :twisted: Sounds about right from a trailworker's perspective. But is this the same ceanothus whose blue blossoms are wonderfully fragrant, and is also known as "mountain lilac?&quo...