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A Walk Down the Devil’s Spine – Part 6

Kyle is up first having set his alarm. It’s 6:30 am on Sunday December 15th 2013. Zippers zip as Paul and I wriggle stiffly out of our sleeping bags.  Kyle  boils us water for coffee while we lace up our…

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3 Stops for a Perfect Day in Santa Barbara

The “American Riviera” has plenty to keep you occupied: glorious beaches, the Santa Barbara Mission, the Santa Barbara Zoo, shopping on State Street and bars (Blue Agave, SoHo) and restaurants (Bouchon, Cielito) aplenty. If you’ve never been to this palm…

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A Walk Down the Devil’s Spine – Part 5

My heart is thudding against my ribcage. I’m dizzy and short of breath.  I had just downed a large cup of coffee, smoked an American Spirit and had had  a pinch of Copenhagen in my lower lip, when the current…

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Local Motives-The Art of Justin Pence

Local Motives is a new series showcasing interviews with Southern California artists, musicians and people up to something original. For this post, I interviewed Ventura County artist Justin Pence. A friend for over fifteen years, Justin has always blown my…

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A Walk Down The Devil’s Spine – Part 3

  On January 17th 1969, Robert Samples and six adolescent boys; Bobby and Ronny Cassol, Eddie and Danny Salisbury, Frank Donato and Frank Raugh drove into the Sespe Wilderness for a weekend of target shooting and camping. None of them…

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Paul, Paulo and Santa Paula Peak

  Sunrise flames rippled across a cloudy March sky above Highway 126. My brother Paul, with sleepy eyes, drove on through Ventura towards our objective: Santa Paula Peak. We exited the highway at Palm Ave in the town of Santa…

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I Went To Santa Barbara Wine Country. . .And Drank Nothing But Beer

It was a Saturday morning and we were northbound on the 101 Freeway. The historic “Camino Real” was flanked by strawberry fields and the infinite Pacific Ocean on one side―brown, rain soaked hills on the other. My wife Anita and…

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