Saddleback Butte: Lonely Sunrises

Scrambling up a steep side of the Butte, I fumble for footing on the scree that made up the trail near the top of Saddleback Butte. The trail was simple enough until the summit came. The dark made it harder, but the sliver of light had appeared on the horizon, and I felt an urgent needContinue reading “Saddleback Butte: Lonely Sunrises”

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Vasquez Rocks: Making Off Like a Bandido

Going hiking is like visiting ghosts, I get lots of time to reflect on the past. This Saturday I visited California’s most notorious (yet little known!?!) bandit ghost-Tiburcio Vasquez. Vásquez pulled the race card, claiming that he was driven to commit his crimes because of norteamericanos discrimination against the Californios. He even went so far as insisting that he was a defender ofContinue reading “Vasquez Rocks: Making Off Like a Bandido”

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