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Heading into the Sespe Wilderness on the Reyes Peak Trail for the Summer Solstice Nature Hike on Pine Mountain. Our seasonal migration continues on September 24 with a Fall Equinox hike on this beautiful trail through the forest. Photo: Enrique Villasenor
August-September 2016 Newsletter
The United States Congress designated the Sespe Wilderness in 1992 and it now has a total of 219,468 acres.
Coming Events !!
Lanny about to break into a peyote song on the Reyes Peak Trail. Photo: Enrique Villasenor
Fall Equinox Nature Hike on Pine Mtn.

As the 40-year anniversary season of Herb Walks winds down, I will lead my 4th annual Fall Equinox Nature Hike on Saturday, September 24, in the peaceful Mixed Conifer Forest on Pine Mountain (elevation: 7000 feet) at the time of year when the pine nuts usually are dropping.

After carpooling up scenic Highway 33 from Ojai, we will start walking into the Sespe Wilderness from the trailhead (where there is a restroom) at about 10:30 a.m., stop for lunch in the pines, and return to the trailhead at 3:00 p.m., arriving back at the Maricopa Plaza by 4:00 p.m.

Read more and register at this link.

Jim Adams discussing White Sage at last fall's Medicinal Plant Walk Photo: Angela Kirwin
Fall Medicinal Plant Weekend with Dr. James Adams
In June, frequent guest presenter Dr. James Adams of USC School of Pharmacy returned to Ojai for our first Medicinal Plant Weekend. It filled up and we had a lengthy waiting list so, as the saying goes, he’s “back by popular demand.”

On Saturday and Sunday, October 22-23, we will offer a Fall Medicinal Plant Weekend featuring an ethnobotanical expedition to Rose Valley on Saturday and a medicinal plant walk and kitchen preparation session on Sunday.

Read more and register at the early-bird rate (until 9/24) at this link.

Bowlful of Blues poster by Ventura artist John Parker
Ojai Bowlful of Blues: Sept. 17
I take a mid-summer break from leading Herb Walks during August of each year. This year I'm busy with another project and, if you've read this far, I might as well share it with you in case you're like me and enjoy both green plants and blues music.

Along with my real-life "blues brother" Michael, the co-founder of the event, I'm co-producing the 23rd Bowlful of Blues in Ojai's Libbey Bowl on Saturday, September 17. Please visit our Bowlful of Blues website to learn more and buy tickets to attend this community based non-profit event.

Hollyleaf Cherry Tree at Emma Wood Group Camp
to: Enrique Villasenor
Photos from the Seaside Wilderness Park Herb Walk
A number of Herb Walks participants have shared photos with me after the walks and hikes. I try to find time to label them and make them accessible for everyone but I'll admit that, as much as I enjoy doing it, it's a challenge to keep up. So my apologies to you if I haven't gotten to yours yet.

Enrique Villasenor made it easy by sharing a Google album from the Seaside Wilderness Park Herb Walk on July 23 and allowing me to comment on the photos with their common and scientific names.

Here's a link to his album with my identifying comments.
Looking toward Lockwood Valley from Pine Mountain. Photo: Enrique Villasenor
Photos from the Summer Solstice Nature Hike on Pine Mountain
And here is a link to another album of photos by Enrique Villasenor from an earlier hike on June 26, 2016, on the Reyes Peak Trail. Links to this album, the one in the article above, and other photo albums shared by participants can be found on the page of Links to Participants' Photos at

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