Double Cone Quarterly - Spring Equinox 2002
Window to the Wilderness

Journal of the Ventana Wilderness Alliance

Spring Equinox 2002 -- Volume V, Number 1

Sometimes in the sunless depths of a cañon the trail would lead us to some gentler retreat, where a cool spring was surrounded by bending ferns, and graceful alders, and clumps of young redwoods. Here we would stop to breathe our horses, and drink from the spring; and as we watched the loosened leaves float down from the alders, soundless, and the dusky light in the tops of the redwoods, and the notched leaves of the fern above the still dark water of the spring, the peace of Nature fell upon us, and it was easy to understand how baffled and world-troubled spirits of all ages, and those too finely strung for the world's discords, have been drawn to such places as a refuge.

Mary L. White, "Over the Santa Lucia", 1892

What's In This Issue

Importing Pigs to Paradise
George Gordon Moore and his Brazen Wild Boar

Feature Flower
Shooting Stars

Past Times
"Campers Should Think
of the Others"


Map Mania!

Lost Trails:
Old Coast Trail
Part IV



The Last Word
Big Sur: A Poem

From the Editors

High up the coastal slope on a sun-washed spur-ridge of the Santa Lucia, an age-old live oak has riven its place in a cleavage of rust and golden vaqueros sandstone. At the downslope edge of the weather-worn outcropping lush green grasses sparkle in the warm mid-morning sun, accented by wild golden violet and purple shooting star. A stemmy bush of poison oak grows close to the stone for warmth, trimmed with oily red bursts of the season's first growth. From a crevice in the rock emerges a fence lizard to silently bask, one eye following a red-shouldered hawk low across the cobalt sky.

The land has come symphonically to life again, just as it does every year at this time. Yet for some oddly inexplicable reason each and every successive Santa Lucia spring seems new and wonderfully unique unto itself, without comparison possible or attempts even appreciated. Or at least that's how the folks who love these mountains seem to feel. Spring is here, for the first time and for the last time at once. We urge you to make the most of it.

The Editors

Lupines at Pelon Camp
April Lupines at Pelon Camp
photo ©1993 by Phil Williamson

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

Co-Webmonkey, Graphic Design & Co-Editor, Maps & Trails:
Philip Williamson

Co-Editor, History & Botany:
David Rogers

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