Havana CUBA 3/28/16

Havana CUBA 3/28/16
The day started with a private dance performance which was both beautiful and fascinating. We were even given a dance lesson and had to get up on stage where a dancer was assigned to dance with us…. You can all imagine how I did with that! Next stop was the beach where some of us ...

CUBA! 3/27/16-4/3/16

CUBA! 3/27/16-4/3/16
Warning This is not an account of a backpacking or dash trip…in fact this report has nothing to do with a trip into the wilderness. This post is all about CUBA, yup you read that right, CUBA in all its passion, heart and soul. Over the years I’ve imagined what it might be like to ...

A Rainy Day Hike in Blue Canyon March 5, 2016 3

A Rainy Day Hike in Blue Canyon March 5, 2016
I crept along fogged draped East Camino Cielo looking for the trailhead to park my car….I was certain I had passed it at least 50 times. But no. Finally when my front wheels hit the dirt road and my back wheels were still on pavement I knew  I was at the right place. I would ...

Santa Cruz Station Dash: February 27 &28 2016 2

Santa Cruz Station Dash:  February 27 &28 2016
The mountains have been calling  so I headed off for a “dash” trip into the Los Padres National Forest: Destination Santa Cruz Station…. a place I last visited 39 years ago! Ouch, 39 years…..let’s see…… if I go every 39 years, I will be visiting the Station again when I’m 92! Hmmm I wonder how ...

Thorn Point Dash: September 26 & 27 2015 1

Thorn Point Dash: September 26 & 27 2015
Two years ago I stumbled on a website that described a hike to an out of service fire lookout  in the Sespe Wilderness. Further research revealed a blog article, The Lady from Thorn Point, http://davidstillman.blogspot.com/2013/05/the-lady-from-thorn-point.html and I was beyond enthralled and knew that I would eventually stand on the steps of this fire lookout. (this article describes the ...