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City: Laguna Niguel
State: CA
Country: USA
Begins: May 15, 2011
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sun, May 15th, 2011
Start: Highway 74
End: Fobes Saddle
Daily Distance: 15
Trip Distance: 15.0
Hours Hiked: 7

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Entry Visits: 425
Journal Visits: 5,385
Guestbook Views: 356
Guestbook Entrys: 1

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Day 1 of Restart

Cyclops, you ask me for my famous name.

I will tell you. "Nobody" [Oudeis] is my name.

From The Odyssey , Homer

Sheila left me by the side of the road at Pines to Palms this morning. It's
deja-vu all over again from 2010, and I'm headed up that little hill up
ahead.

When traveling on trains, plains, or trails, I always make a point of
looking up what I can about the folklore and history of the places I'm
headed to. When I get to my destination or waypoint, I compare what I find
with the expectations built up by all the planning and research. On the
trail, that means comparing what I thought the trail would be like (as in
what it looked like from google maps) and what it actually is like, you
know, with dust, sweat, and rocks seasoning the view.

Sometimes it's a disappointment: mostly it's a surprise. I mean who
thought Barrel Springs wouldn't have a barrel around somewhere: not me.
Barrels are round & made of wood: right? Not that one a few miles back,
it's a concrete rectangle. Anyway, here I am headed for Cedar Springs,
Fobes Saddle, and maybe Apache Springs, and I wonder what I'll find: water
flowing from a giant cedar tree, an old cowboy saddle by the trail, and an
Indian crouching by the trail waiting to spring.

And having mentioned Apache Springs, I have to ask why it is named for an
Apache. Apache's never lived in the San Jacinto's. This is the land of
the Cahuilla's while the Apache homeland never seeped much further west than
the Colorado River which is far east of here. So what's going on?

The best explanation I could find is that the Apache sent raiding parties
far to the west and as far as the Pacific coast. According to coastal
Chumash legend, they fought a pitched battle with the Apache at a place
called Sespe (near Ventura California about 100 miles west of San Jacinto).
Apache style arrowheads were found near here at Apache Springs as well:
hence "Apache Peak" and Apache Springs were named around 1867. I guess
that's it. I suppose I'll be looking for Arrowheads soon.



Thanks for reading,

Rich

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"...is the picture a tenth of the thing? A hundredth? Is it anything without the smell and salt breeze and the yellow warmth when the fog lifts? Oh, but I got all that too. It is exposed forever on the sensitive emulsion sheet of my mind." Terry and Renny Russell, On the Loose 1967

 

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