March to the Sea

This week Kongo marched to the sea.  Literally.  From his house to the ocean is an 8-mile trek through Point Mugu State Park in the Santa Monica mountains.  Now maybe “march to the sea” is a too exuberant an expression.  This isn’t much like General Sherman’s historic March to the Sea from Atlanta to Savannah during the Civil War.  This hike is almost exclusively downhill, which is pretty cool for old monkeys.  It’s still a good hike and not nearly as destructive or controversial as the burning of a 60-mile wide swath through the heart of Georgia. The route passes…

Satwiwa

Above a Chumash ap is partially recreated at the Satwiwa Native American Culture Center in the Santa Monica Mountains north of Los Angeles near Point Mugu. “Satwiwa” means the bluffs in the Chumash language and is situated near the base of the high cliffs on nearby Bony Mountain. The entire area in what is now the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area was once home to the Chumash, Tongva, and Gabrielno cultures. These peaceful and highly intelligent tribes lived along the central and Southern California coastal regions. The traditional home was about 15 feet in diameter and framed by Willow…