Welcome to the Mother Lode
On a clear Santa Barbara day this past week, a band of VWRs assembled along the banks of the Santa Ynez for a day’s training and camaraderie.
Over the course of the day, DAW-G, ZK, Bardlero Primero and I stopped a few times at the “Graveyard,” a storage area for some old flame-cut and routered Los Padres trail and road signs.
One site with which I was not familiar at the time was “Milk Can Spring,” which I’ve since located in the Sta. Lucia RD just NW of Black Mountain. Legacy maps don’t show a camp there from what I’ve found, and while some maps show the Black Mountain Trail (15E03) crossing the spring (see older Wilson Corner 7.5″ quads), current orthoimagery clearly shows the route stay well above the drainage. An historic re-route?
Naturally, plans are now afoot to return and more thoroughly document and catalog this great collection of historical signage.