Because several folks who invested 50 hours, 100 hours, ??? hours in reading Anna Karenina could not attend the June 13 hike I've decided to host Anna Karenina part deux with discussion of possible alternate endings (can Anna find god and Levin disentangle his book bag and jump already?! Has Kitty moved from Fear and Trembling to Orange County yet? Will Vronsky ride his horse up... I'll stop).
This is an easy hike up to a spectacular lookout point made for picnics, potlucks, and book clubs with great views of the peasantry at work, nearby Boney Mountain and all the way from Moscow to St. Petersburg on clear day. Or maybe the Channel Islands.
Our committee will arrive at the top well before sunset, which is often MAGNIFICENT from this location, so bring your camera.
Directions: From the 101 take the Ventu Park exit and go South toward the ocean. At Lynn Road turn right. VERY soon you will pass an open space on your left. Watch for the entrance to Regal Oak Ct on your left, where you will turn...um...left. Take it all the way to the end and park. This is a neighborhood, so let's try to be somewhat restrained. We will meet not quite at the end of the road, where we will cross a fence to the trail and find the trailhead which is somewhat hidden, but certainly there.
Distance: 3 miles
Elevation Gain: 750'
Difficulty: Easy to Intermediate
Dogs: Because of the food, please leave them at home
Water Fountain: No
Parking: Free on the street
Trail: Single track, excellent condition
Sunset: 8:12 pm
Known Dangers: Rattlesnakes, slip-'n-fall, failing to fling oneself under a train carriage due to handbag difficulties, drinking too much, reading too much. Here's a photo of the awesome spot I stole from Kurt:
Our hike difficulty categories:
Beginner: No steep sections. Up to 4 miles in distance and no more than 750' elevation gain.
Intermediate: 4-10 miles, and/or up to 2000' elevation gain.
Advanced: More than 10 miles, and/or more than 2000' elevation gain.
Here is what we do:
1. READ the book(s). Anna Karenina was called a "flawless as a work of art" by Fyodor Dostoevsky, my nominee for the best novelist who ever lived. Brilliant writers like Vladimir Nabokov agreed and William Faulkner called this novel "the best ever written." It even survived the purge of works by dead white males at hallowed (and hollowed) Stanford University. And maybe Oprah likes it. Or perhaps the entertainment industry condensed it into a 121 minute thing of some sort. And you've never read the whole thing, except maybe in your twenties when you were trying to impress someone. Admit it! People seem to like the Pevear and Volokhonsky translation. I like Constance Garnett translations of Dostoevsky, but her work with Tosltoy has been criticized a lot. I'm sure Oprah has an opinion. If you can read po-rysskie, eta ochen horror show!
2. Be ready to hike to a beautiful spot at around sunset. Be able to keep up with the group and get out before it gets too too dark. Bring a headlamp or flashlight, water, appropriate footwear and clothing. For this one, I will leave no reader behind.
3. Bring amazing snacks to share. Your host generally focuses on wine and cheese, but the other two food groups, sugar and salt, are also popular and vodka cookies, smokva, herring, or vatrushka would just be beyond horror show.
Rain, fire, revolution will result in rescheduling of this event.
PREPAREDNESS: Bring 1-2 liters/quarts of water (or other suitable liquid) and snacks to share with your fellow lithikers. Please wear appropriate footwear (preferably hiking boots) and be prepared with extra clothing, sunglasses and a headlamp for our return hike. Hiking pole(s) and a camera might come in handy.
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