Saturday, January 9, 2010

Map Update: California Trails - North Coast Region

Whooo-eeee, it's done — the massive California Trails Master Map update is done! I've had access to the whole California Trails
series of books by Peter Massey and others, so I was able to update all the trail descriptions.   [For a free Google Earth file of this route see: California Trails Master Map]

While the project began as sort of an obsessive-compulsive effort… to clear up some inconsistencies and incompleteness in the map descriptions, there are a lot of trails which bring back memories of a younger me. Especially from the book California Trails: North Coast Region which has been a bit nostalgic for me while going through it in depth.

I lived for several years in Northern California and either drove by, or hiked by many of these areas mostly without even knowing that they were there. You see, I didn't catch the vision of ATV offroading until relatively late in life.

The redwood forests, the north California coast line, the lakes and small logging and mining towns were all favorite destinations during my time in the state. For many years my garage contained many slabs of redwood burl which I purchased on my trips. They ended up as burnished clocks in Explorer Scout projects.

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”
Samuel Clemens, Mark Twain

I know that I've told you several times to turn on the Panoramio layer when you open these map files in Google Earth; but, if you never have before you NEED to do it this time. Open the file in Google Earth, open the "North Coast" area on the map and navigate to nearly any of the trails.

Get in close and you will see hundreds of photographs taken all along the trails — it's almost like being there.

Seeing these trails almost makes me want to go back there to live — if I could take my ATV.

Learn A Little More

If you would like to purchase the California Trails North Coast Region book by Peter Massey et. al. I really would appreciate if you did it by clicking this link. It will not cost you any more for doing so, but I will receive a few cents advertising fee, which can help keep the web and blog operating and free. Thanks!


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