Saturday, November 28, 2015

Kayaktivism: The Bike Tour takes to the Water to Protest a Mall on the Lagoon

Sustainability and development should go hand in hand. When people see that natural spaces are being threatened by unnecessary human consumerism and profit, we have to take a stand.  A corporation called Caruso Affiliated is attempting to construct a mall on a sensitive lagoon in Carlsbad, and the public was not included in this dialogue until concerned citizens made some noise. Now that the measure is going to a public vote, the local community is finally able to take a stand, so our team joined the citizens of Carlsbad to show the developers that nature is worth protecting. 
Kayaktivism looks good on these activists

Save Carlsbad: No Lagoon Mall!

What do we want? NATURE! When do we want it? FOREVER!

The team takes a break at a table that hopefully is the last of its kind in this lagoon
Why? What made you think up this mess?

Friday, November 27, 2015

Cycling the Desert

Some highlights of our ride so far:
On the Santa Ana River Trail en route to Chino Hills State Park
Entering one of the most magical places on Earth
Tess finds a new home in Joshua Tree's canyons
Hardest decision of the day: which crack to climb in this monzogranite wonderland
Rich and Janice Langen saved the day (again) with their endless support and melodies! 
On the lookout for the elusive Chuckwalla lizard 
The Joshua Tree, Yucca brevifolia, is found mostly in the Mojave Desert between 1,300 and 5,900 ft elevation 
Cholla cactus garden in Pinto Basin 
Barrel Cactus like this grew along our route from Joshua Tree through Anzo Borrego
 --Nico