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Afoot and Afield With Jerry Schad


From Torrey Pines to Palomar Mountain to Anza-Borrego, Mesa College astronomy professor and Afoot and Afield author Jerry Schad is and the undisputed trails expert for San Diego County, along with much of Southern California.

In this special edition of Treehuggers International, Jerry talks about how Afoot and Afield In San Diego came together, in part built out of his earlier trail running and bicycling books, and the effects of the 2003 and 2007 fires on San Diego’s prime hiking destinations.

Jerry also touches on urban-wildland interface zones, the Ten Essentials, his Afoot and Afield entries for Orange and Los Angeles counties, new trail additions in the latest edition of Afoot and Afield In San Diego, and of course, where to camp in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park to catch the best show of stars and celestial wonders.

Lace up your boots for a conversation with San Diego’s long-time outdoors encyclopedia, enthusiast and advocate, Jerry Schad.

Above the Los Peñasquitos wetlands at Torrey Pines State Reserve

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Paul Remeika and the Edge of Creation at Anza-Borrego


A Career Exploring the Desert

Tommy Hough and Treehuggers International recently had the chance to connect with and interview author, retired California State Parks ranger, and Anza-Borrego Desert State Park paleontology expert Paul Remeika.

Now working on a revised edition of his landmark book Geology of Anza-Borrego: Edge of Creation, Paul Remeika provides a fascinating look into the layers of fossils, rock, and time captured in the Salton Trough and on natural display at the “out of doors museum” of Anza-Borrego, and discusses the myriad of fault blocks and tectonic forces which make Anza-Borrego one of the most seismically active areas in North America.

Photo by Tommy Hough © 2007

Barrel cactus in full bloom, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.

Photo by Tommy Hough © 2006

The Santa Rosa Mountains lie along the north end of Borrego Valley.

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