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The Oak woodlands between Cone Peak and Junipero Serra Peak, at the border of the Ventana Wilderness, is a true slice of Heaven, California-style.

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We wildharvested some late-Spring, Wooly Bluecurl – a particularly fragrant, endemic flower. The bloom was going off; I got a few backpacks full.

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The view from the top of Pimkolam, as the Salinan people once named the 6000′ peak. White people named it after the head of the California missionary program in the 18th century, Junipero Serra. This beautiful mountain is the highest in the coastal, Santa Lucia range.

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Juniper Ridge’s Field Lab Van.

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Hall in his natural habitat.