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Post by Adrian » May 5th, 2014, 8:16 pm

California Coast Trails by Joseph Smeaton Chase (1846 - 1923).

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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)
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I especially like this one because it's entirely free of the racial/ethnic epithets and other nastiness that one often encounters in writing of this era. In fact the author is frequently overwhelmed by the generosity of Californians of all origins. A very life-afirming piece.

I think this is solo #22 for me :D Woo hoo!

Adrian
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Post by chocoholic » May 5th, 2014, 8:25 pm

Hi, Adrian, I'll MC number 22 (!) for you. And I am totally going to use your summary on the catalog page. 'Cause it's, like, totally rad.
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Post by Adrian » May 5th, 2014, 8:47 pm

Like, you da bomb mon!

I read a scanned copy on my Kindle last year and then bought a nice 1913 edition with the illustrations intact from a local used book shop. I'm from the same part of UK as the author so the accent will be pretty much right.

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Post by HughGil » May 6th, 2014, 4:22 pm

Yo Adrian,

It would it be totally bitchen if you would let a California boy PL this for you.

Hugh
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Post by Adrian » May 6th, 2014, 4:42 pm

It would it be totally bitchen if you would let a California boy PL this for you.
Dude, that's huge! I'm amped and ready to hit the surf.

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Post by chocoholic » May 6th, 2014, 5:23 pm

OK, dudes, y'all are all set and moved over to Solos. Adrian and Hugh's excellent adventure!
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Post by HughGil » May 6th, 2014, 5:42 pm

Knarly :thumbs:
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Post by Adrian » May 20th, 2014, 3:33 pm

Preface and Chapter 1

37:43

https://librivox.org/uploads/chocoholic/californiacoasttrails_01_chase_128kb.mp3

Adrian

PS In the spirit of the author's journey, this file was edited at an undisclosed location somewhere between Big Sur and San Simeon... :D

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Post by HughGil » May 20th, 2014, 7:07 pm

Hi Adrian,

There were a few problems with this section. The sound kept cutting out. I downloaded the file twice just to make sure my computer was not the problem, but the gaps were present in both files. I stopped PLing after 11 minutes, thinking that maybe the file became corrupt during the upload. For chapter 1, I just listed the times where the sound cut out, stopping at the 11 minute mark.

Hugh

During the intro, the sound cut out @ ~0:06 thru 0:17

Preface: 1:11 thru 1:18
With that event there will open for California an era of development as striking as that which followed upon the great awakening in the middle of the last century.

1:58 thru 2:08
The matters of principal concern to him in making his trip were not, it is true, the practical ones of commerce and its prospects and possibilities.

2:28 thru 2:37
If apology be needed for any dearth of what may be called practical information in the volume, he feels that the lack has been, is being, and increasingly will be...

2:46 thru 3:04 and 2:58 thru 3:04
In describing the features of the scenery no attempt has been made to paint in high colors. In-deed, on a re-reading of the manuscript the impression is that, in the desire to avoid the flamboyant at all hazards, the balance may have been weighted a trifle on the conservative side.

3:45 thru 3:51
...and a history tinged first with the half-pathetic romance of Spain and then by the brief but lurid Epic of Gold, is by much the most beautiful, interesting, and attractive of all the States of the Union

5:14 thru 5:21
These words are numerous, but they are unavoidable in the nature of
the case,
since most of the place-names throughout...

Chapter 1

6:26 thru 6:32
6:44 thru 6:55
7:02 thru 7:07
9:13 thru 9:19
9:29 thru 9:36
10:07 thru 10:12
10:30 thru 10:35
10:47 thru 11:00
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Post by Adrian » May 21st, 2014, 8:14 am

Thanks Hugh.

Turns out that something in the project data files is irretrievably corrupt so I'll have to rerecord it. Very depressing as this is a long chapter.

I'll be back...

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Post by Adrian » May 24th, 2014, 3:14 pm

One more time...

I'm pretty sure that the problem was due to moving the data files between computers running different versions of Audacity.

Chapter 1

37:07

https://librivox.org/uploads/chocoholic/californiacoasttrails_01_chase_128kb.mp3

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Post by HughGil » May 26th, 2014, 6:52 pm

Hi Adrian,

Sorry for the delay. It was a busy 3 day weekend for me.

@~6:15 This is at the intro to the chapter. Camp on the San Joaquin - Coyotes and sulphureous coffee - Laguna Canon - Warfare of sun and fog...

Omitted Laguna Canon

@ ~20:11 - top of page 8. End of sentence omitted.

The senora herself, a sweet-faced old dame with quiet, kindly eyes, sat gazing out with placid enjoyment
over the river while we talked; the daughters, both mature women, stood by, listening, but speaking
little.


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Post by HughGil » May 27th, 2014, 3:50 pm

You are welcome, Adrian

Chapter 1 is okay.
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