Across California: Morro Bay
On Wednesday, Tom, Dave, and I waded down Little Morro Creek, avoiding the metropolis of Morro Bay. The water was over our knees in places and we passed a couple of hobo camps. When we clambered up on sand just north of Morro Rock, my wife Letty, my daughter Frances (who is also Dave's wife), Madeleine -- Tom's spouse, who had to leave the trek at the Carrizo Plain National Monument with a bad ankle that was not getting better, and -- a bit later Ralph the Creek Dog, Cheryl a former student, and associated others greeted us.
Tom, Dave, and I waded out into the surf fully clothed. I was carrying a bag with Colorado River water in it. I felt I was finishing a spirit walk, so I waved the water over my head and all about as I had seen done ceremonially. Then I washed it into the Pacific and waded back to shore.
There was no big party or other social hoopla -- just the way I like things. Ralph said that Morro Rock is a double positive on the magnetic survey of the earth and it was a major sacred site for Native Americans. So, the trek began on the Mojave Reservation and ended at a sacred place.
I did forget to post my final Spot satellite location. Must have been the double positive magnetic zone that affected my brain.
Forty-six days across California have enlightened me in many ways. I shall try to sum things up in a subsequent posting here from this home computer with a real keyboard and a solid connection to the net in the next few days. But, before I close, I want to thank Brian Foley, who edits and posts my entries, and the staff at Sierra as well as Sierra Club associate director -- the number 2 person on staff -- Bruce Hamilton for permitting me to have this blog and to share my adventures with all of you.
-- Calvin French
Cal, 74, a member of the Sierra Club for 42 years, is trekking 530 miles to highlight the threatened natural corridors between the Colorado River and the Pacific Ocean. Cal sits on the Sierra Club Santa Lucia Chapter Board, represents the Chapter to the national organization, and serves as a spokesperson for the Chapter on the Carrizo Plain National Monument. So, why is he doing this?
"To show that someone can walk across the heart of California on public and conservancy land, avoiding roads and highways, over an area that still looks natural," he says. "And it is through this personal connection with the land, during a two-month journey, that I hope to highlight the necessity of preserving and protecting what wildness remains. If the habitats within this great wildness become cordoned off and isolated, they will eventually die of starvation."