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Two Wild and Crazy Guys. Gary Griggs (l) and Sandy Lydon having fun with the region's geography and history at Moss Landing Harbor. You wouldn't know that they had just walked 5 miles from the Pajaro River and still had 5 miles to go before sundown.



The Loma Prieta Earthquake – Revisited – 25 years later!

Three Events to Commemorate the Silver Anniversary of OUR Earthquake

Back to the Epicenter
Friday, October 17, 2014

Commemorating OUR earthquake!

What happens when there's an earthquake and no-one is at the epicenter? Is it still an earthquake? And how does it look 25 years later?

Event #1 – An Expedition Back to the Epicenter – How does it look above the epicenter 25 years later? Friday, October 17, 2014

Gary Griggs and Sandy Lydon will lead an expedition down the Big Slide Trail in the Forest of Nisene Marks 25 years later, to discuss and explore the effects of earthquake on this isolated landscape. We will compare and contrast two major earthquake events in a landscape that has not been developed or changed much since 1906.

April 18, 1906 – As it tends to, San Francisco received the greatest attention because of the fire that followed the 7.8 magnitude early morning earthquake. The epicenter was on the sea floor approximately 2 miles west of San Francisco. However, the shaking was felt as far away as Oregon, Nevada and Southern California. The Aptos Creek and Hinckley Creek watersheds saw considerable effects, and the greatest loss of life in the 1906 event in Santa Cruz County was in Hinckley Basin, in present-day Forest of Nisene Marks State Park. The Big Slide, north of Aptos Creek received its name in 1906 because of the huge landslide.

We will explore the "Crazy Forest" where the effects of the 1906 earthquake can still be seen.

A crevice above the epicenter. You can see "clear air" beyond where a huge hillside slid away during the earthquake. We will be revisiting spot during the our expedition.
October 17, 1989 – There were very few hikers in the park on that afternoon, but the few that were left descriptions that are breath-taking. Again, mountainsides fell away and boulders as big as houses came crashing down the canyon walls. Fissures opened up all along the ridge to the north of Aptos Creek.

Special Permissions – State Parks has given us permission to use a limited number of vans to shuttle the group into White's Lagoon so that we can begin there.

Note: All times are approximate as we cannot predict exactly how long things will take. You'll need to be flexible.

Friday, October 17, 2014

c. 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM – Talk-Story and Lunch at White's Lagoon – Gary and Sandy will lead a discussion about the 1906 and 1989 earthquakes with Gary explaining the "why" of it all (he's a scientist), and Sandy the results and perceptions.

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Hike down Big Slide Train and back to White's Lagoon – It is approximately 3 miles down through the Crazy Forest to the area above Aptos Creek that exhibited the most dramatic effects of the Loma Prieta Earthquake. The trail is developed, but it is relatively steep with several switch-back sections.

4:00 – 6:00 PM – We will then shuttle the group back down in the vans and attempt to time it so that we're at the Bottom of the Incline at 5:04 for a short commemoration before returning to the point of beginning in Aptos Village.

Sandy took a group in to the epicenter on October 17, 2009 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the earthquake. The Aptos Creek trail was broken at this time, but it has been repaired, and the epicenter sign has moved. Again.
Some Details:

Bring a lunch and liquid. You won't have to carry the lunch very far, but you should bring liquid on the hike down Big Slide.
No children under 12 – This adventure is designed for mature participants.
Dress for a day outdoors – hiking boots, long pants (there's poison oak along the trail and it will be without leaves by October 17)
Don't schedule anything right up against 6:00 PM – We will work hard to get you back to Aptos Village by 6:00 PM, but there are lots of variables that might work against that objective. Bring your patience. You're part of a group.

What if you don't want to take the van and just hike or bike in? You're welcome to do so, but you will be expected to pay the State Park entrance fee of $10.00 for your vehicle. We may not have enough hand-out materials for drop-ins. To hike into White's and drop down Big Slide is about a 12-mile hike. You'll need to start early in the morning if you're planning to join us at White's Lagoon.

A note to bicyclists: Neither the roads/trails in to White's Lagoon nor the Big Slide Trail are legal for bicycles, so you should plan to leave your vehicles at the intersection of the Fire Road and road to White's Lagoon and hike into White's. There will be a heavy ranger presence in Nisene Marks on this weekend, and if you are stopped by a ranger while riding on the illegal trails in that area, you will be cited.

Fees: All participants are responsible to pay regular park entrance fees. Park fees are included in the fees to ride the vans.

Space is limited! This event will sell out!

Fees: Register by September 8 - $100 per person to ride the vans
Register after September 8 - $110

Note: Registration Fee for the Epicenter Hike includes the State Park entrance fee and an admission to the evening show on Saturday, October 18. (see below)

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Silver Anniversary Preparedness Fair

Saturday, October 18, 2014 – Cabrillo College Campus
Quadrangle between 100 building and the original college theater.

9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Free – All ages are encouraged to attend.

This will be a collection of all the latest in disaster preparedness including workshops and displays. This will be a chance for you to review your own personal preparedness, your family's, your neighborhood's, and your community. The subjects and workshops will range beyond earthquakes to include:

Particular emphasis will be put on the most appropriate concerns in mid-October – Wildfire and Drought.
Sponsoring Organization and Coordinator will be the Aptos-La Selva Fire District

Note: Visit the Aptos Farmer's Market and then come on over to the quad and see how you might heighten your chances of surviving and even thriving during our next calamity.

Are We Ready to Rumble? -- The Lessons of Loma Prieta at 25

The Gary and Sandy Show

Gary and Sandy not only struggle over ideas, they fight over maps. Their presentations are always lively and informativ
Gary Griggs and Sandy Lydon will put on one of their infamous presentations featuring rarely-seen videos, maps, photographs of both the 1906 earthquake and the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.

They both have been studying those two earthquakes and will bring their own unique perspectives to the presentation. They will compare and contrast the two events, with an emphasis on the October 17, 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake. Topics will range from the seismology of the events, immediate human effects as well as the longer-term psychological effects.

What happened?
What have we learned?
What have we done?
What can we (as individuals and families) do?

When: Saturday, October 18, 2014
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Where: Room 450, Forum Building, Cabrillo College Aptos Campus
Register by Sept. 8 - $18 (lecture fee included in van shuttle fee)
Register after Sept 8 - $22

To Register Click here

There will be a special display sponsored by the Aptos History Museum, including photographs and artifacts from the Loma Prieta Earthquake.

This will be a cell-phone free event. Video or audio recording will not be permitted

Sponsoring Groups include:
California Department of Parks and Recreation
Friends of Santa Cruz State Park
Advocates for the Forest of Nisene Marks
Aptos-La Selva Fire District
Aptos History Museum