|The Chapel Tower at Thomas Aquinas College|
Like other immensely popular destinations, water is the magnetic draw here. Not just water that trickles along a rocky streambed and collects in stagnant and ephemeral pools. But clear blue water that in the right season gushes forth from the folds and creases of the mountainside to furiously tumble and cascade over the stoney cliff faces into swimming pool-sized “punch bowls” below.
These punch bowls, and the falls that continually feed them, are very special and unique places in this otherwise arid, waterless landscape. But water, particularly if one can swim in it, is an attractive nuisance that always seems to draw a certain element. And that element always finds a way to make a complete mockery of the “leave no trace” ethos that the rest of us try damn hard to practice.
|Santa Paula Creek Flowing Muddy Brown|
|Be One With Nature by Marking it Up|
|Trial Markings Just in Case You're Confused About the Way Forward Here|
|Reflections in a Trail-side Pool|
|The Forested Path Up the Canyon|
|Lower Falls and Pool|
|Welcome to the Jungle|