Double Cone Quarterly - Fall Equinox 2001
Window to the Wilderness

Journal of the Ventana Wilderness Alliance
Fall Equinox 2001 -- Volume IV, Number 3



Male-throated under the shallow sea-fog
Moaned a ship's horn quivering the shorelong granite.
Coyotes toward the valley made answer,
Their little wolf-pads in the dead grass by the stream
Wet with the young season's first rain,
Their jagged wail trespassing among the steep stars.
What stars? Aldebaran under the dove-leash
Pleiades. I thought, in an hour Orion will be risen,
Be glad for summer is dead and the sky
Turns over to darkness, good storms, few guests, glad rivers.

 Robinson Jeffers  1926 

What's In This Issue

From Willow Creek to Cone Peak
The Life of Philip Kinder

The Story of
Comings Cabin

Past Times
Supervisor Sloane's Lecture

Following Chase Through The
Northern Santa Lucia
Part Four:

Big Sur
to the
Carmel River


Some More Historical Maps
From the Library of Congress

Feature Flower
Grand Hound's Tongue

Lost Trails
Old Coast Trail, Part III

Map Mania!


Carmel River
A Poem

Back Issues

Summer Solstice '01
Spring Equinox '01
Winter Solstice '00
Spring Equinox '00
Fall Equinox '99
Summer Solstice '99
Spring Equinox '99
Winter Solstice '98
Fall Equinox '98
Summer Solstice '98

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From the Editors

F all is here, and soon the long hot days of summer will give way to the winter rains and (maybe) snows that will wash away the dust of the old year and flood the Northern Santa Lucia with the life-giving water that will deck the spring of the new year with wildflowers. The cycle of life in these dear mountains of ours takes another turn: the scars of the recent fires will will continue to heal, the charred land sending up green shoots that in their turn will provide fuel for blazes to come; fall's brown grasses will spring up, phoenix-like, to feed the new generation of rodents and deer, which in their turn will provide nourishment for the lion's kittens and the coyote's pups. As we hike the dry, still hills at this season of the year, we are reminded that the present is a recapitulation of the past and a foreshadowing of the future. The wheel of life rolls on.

It seems appropriate, then, that this issue of The Double Cone Quarterly should be largely about Memory - the remembrance of times past, of people who loved this land before us, of fondly-remembered wilderness journeys in years gone by, of tall tales told around the campfire after a day on the trail.

Knowledge of the past informs our experience of the present. So if when you next visit Cone Peak you are reminded of old Phil Kinder sitting in the tower watching for fires and regaling visitors with tales of his days as a hardrock miner on Willow Creek, or if when next you drive Highway 1 along the Big Sur River you think of how this valley might have looked to Joseph Smeaton Chase as he and Anton ambled down it ninety years ago, then your experience of what you see will be deeper and more meaningful than it might otherwise have been, and your concern for its future will be that much keener.

And remember, the The Double Cone Quarterly belongs to everyone who loves this special little part of the world and who cares about its welfare. If you count yourself as one such person (and if you're reading this at all it's a safe bet that you do), and you haven't done so already, please take a minute to become a member of the Ventana Wilderness Alliance and join us in our efforts to keep the wilderness wild and preserve it for generations yet to come.

Read on, and enjoy the Season,

The Editors

Zen Garden
The "Zen Garden"
© 1999 by Phil Williamson

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:

Webmonkey & Co-Editor, Miscellaneous and Sundry:
Boon Hughey

Assistant Webmonkey & Co-Editor, Maps & Trails:
Philip Williamson

Co-Editor, History & Botany:
David Rogers

All articles, photographs, and artwork are copyright 2001 by their creators.
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