Archive for September, 2009

Beware…the Poodle-dog Bush

Purple-flowered poodle-dog bush, grow­ing in burn areas, is haz­ard to humans.

Poodle-dog bush flowers (danger!!!)

Poodle-dog bush flow­ers (danger!!!)

A pretty purple-flowered bush bloom­ing on the hills of the burned areas is a dan­ger to peo­ple, accord­ing to the Depart­ment of Forestry. As a result of South­ern California’s recent fires, hik­ers need to be aware of poodle-dog bush grow­ing along the trails.

The flower, com­monly known as poodle-dog bush, is an irri­tant akin to poi­son oak, said forester Eric Oldar.

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Video of the Charred Angeles Crest Highway

Fire in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia will always be a part of the hik­ing expe­ri­ence. Nearby, the Sta­tion Fire is now 93% con­tained, and is on track for full con­tain­ment by Sep­tem­ber 19th.

Like me, you have prob­a­bly dri­ven this stretch of the Ange­les Crest dozens, if not hun­dreds of times. You have never seen it like this.

Video is at:  http://www.modernhiker.com/ (2nd post)

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How GPS Receivers work

Hik­ing in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia can be fun as well as a real chal­lenge. I found a great expla­na­tion of how GPS Receivers work from the folks at HowStuffWorks.com

http://electronics.howstuffworks.com/gadgets/travel/gps.htm

Enjoy…

Larry

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Piedra Blanca finale

Shortly before we strapped our packs back on I took a lit­tle look around to see if I could spot the trail for­ward. I did, but it looked like it was head­ing into brush and I couldn’t find any other trail. So I went back and we picked up our packs and headed for the trail. I was right, we could clearly see the trail at our feet, but we had to beat the brush back with our hands in order to move for­ward and keep it out of our faces. We came to another stream cross­ing and the brush was just as thick on the other side. By this time we had already spent 10 min­utes beat­ing away and it didn’t look ahead like there was any relief in sight.

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Hiking with Asthma

I was diag­nosed with Asthma a year ago. Great huh? I already had aller­gies and I guess they were get­ting bad enough to aggra­vate my lungs into an Asth­matic state. Over a period of six months, I started on a few dif­fer­ent inhalers and finally came across one that worked pretty well. It was devel­oped for peo­ple who used to smoke. Well…it was the one that really worked best for me. I could breathe much bet­ter with­out always feel­ing like I needed to take deep breaths in order to just keep on breathing.

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The San Gabriel Mountains need your help

Sup­port the San Gabriel Moun­tains National Park Ser­vice Study pro­posal to incor­po­rate the San Gabriel Moun­tains as a national park in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia. Meet with us & the NPS.

by The Com­mu­nity Hik­ing Club, Santa Clarita

What: Please attend a Meet­ing to Pro­tect the San Gabriel Moun­tains and help turn it into a National Recre­ation Area.

When: Sep­tem­ber 3 (see below for meet­ing dates in other areas)

Time: 7 – 9 PM

Where: George A. Car­avalho Activ­i­ties Cen­ter, Santa Clarita Room A
20880 Cen­tre Point Park­way, Santa Clarita, CA 91350

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Hi there…

I’m Larry. Wel­come to my blog about hik­ing in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia. I hope you enjoy my ram­blings. Please feel free to add your com­ments and I encour­age you to share your hik­ing expe­ri­ences in So Cal with us…

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