California Coast Trails


Read by Adrian Praetzellis

(4.5 stars; 11 reviews)

In 1911, decades before California's coast Highway 1 was built, an Englishman rode 2000 miles on horseback the length of California, from Mexico to Oregon. On the way he is courteously received at isolated ranches, has many quiet adventures, and is generally amazed by the beauty of our coast. A classic early California travelog. Chase was born in Islington (London) and but lived most of this life in the California desert.

Here are Chase's major landmarks, first going south and then turning north:
Chap. 1 El Monte to Laguna Beach. Chap. 2 Aliso Canyon to San Juan Capistrano. Chap. 3 San Juan hot springs (east of Mission Viejo) to Oceanside. Chap 4. Del Mar to San Diego. Chap. 5 San Fernando Valley to Malibu. Chap. 6 Boney Mountain (in the Santa Monica Mtns.) to Ventura. Chap. 7 Carpenteria to Santa Barbara. Chap 8. Refugio Pass (south of Solvang) to Lompoc. Chap. 9 Solvang to Las Cruces (south of Solvang). Chap. 10 Point Conception back to Lompoc. Chap. 11 Casmalia to Avila (on SLO Bay). Chap. 12 San Luis Obispo to Morro Bay. Chap. 13 to Jolon and Mission San Antonio de Padua (SE of Ft. Hunter Liggett). Chap. 14 to Pacific Valley (south of Limekiln State Park). Chap. 15 Limekiln, Lucia, to about Lopez Point. Chap. 16 Big Sur, Point Sur Lighthouse to Monterey. Chap. 17 Seaside through the Santa Cruz Mtns. to Pescadero (San Mateo Co.). Chap. 18 Half Moon Bay, San Francisco, to Drakes Bay. Chap. 19 Tomales Bay to Gualala. Chap. 20 Navarro to Westport. Chap. 21 King Range and the Mattole Valley to Eureka. Chap. 22 Arcata to the Klamath.
(Summary by Adrian Praetzellis) (10 hr 0 min)

Chapters

Preface and Chap 1 37:17 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chap 2 28:18 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chap 3 24:09 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chap 4 20:46 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chap 5 24:42 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chap 6 23:38 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chap 7 17:40 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chap 8 20:21 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chap 9 28:58 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chap 10 29:59 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chap 11 34:19 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chap 12 34:53 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chap 13 29:36 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chap 14 22:25 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chap 15 23:18 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
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Chap 17 25:51 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chap 18 31:52 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chap 19 24:18 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chap 20 25:42 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chap 21 29:03 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chap 22 30:43 Read by Adrian Praetzellis

Reviews

wonderful description of old California and excellent reader

(5 stars)

As a long time Californian, it was disheartening to hear the lyrical descriptions of places in 1911 that I know well only for their 12 lane freeways and strip malls. I guess this wonderful description of landscape and people is as close as one can get to knowing the magnificent country California used to be. Great reader.

(5 stars)

Delightful! Having been on the Pacific Coast Hwy., the descriptive prose was more than real & enlightening regarding change in landscape since construction of the road. Well read.