Last Wheeze on Dunites
- If Huell Howser did a segment on the Dunites, a video is available
for around $20.00. I've purchased several of his TV half-hour
segments and they are always excellent. I missed this one, but if
anyone wants the address to which to write to obtain a copy of the
Dunite segment, I will be happy to post it.
As for the Dunes themselves, they are a wonderful feature of our
central California coastline and the subject of a terrific battle
between preservationists and the ORV folks and developers. The
section of coastline between approximately Morro Bay and Vandenburg
Air Force Base and is partially protected as wetlands, partially open
to dune buggies and so on and partially owned by private owners.
The jurisdictions fall between the BLM, the Dept. of the Interior,
Marine sanctuaries and so on so the dunes are pretty well "civilized"
and protected at this time.
Since I haven't seen Huell Howser's "California's Gold" segment, I
cannot state this as a given, but I would be astounded if there were
any Dunites still in residence as these dunes are crowded with
hikers, botanists, biologists, recreationists and so on most of the
year. Of course, there may be remnants of the shacks. As a matter of
fact, I was at the dunes myself a couple of weeks ago with a kayaking
group between Morro Bay and Pismo Beach (of historical but long gone
Pismo Clam fame) and the only activity I saw was in designated ORV
areas and designated camping sites.
In DB's time, California was rife with different cults, religions,
philosophical societies and such and still is, but no longer can they
set up camp with impunity in the wilds. Ain't hardly no wilds left!
Enough about that..and now, ladies and gentlemen, back to Don
- tj would want all info on the Dunites...this sounds too too interesting to
pass up. If video's exist, tj will buy them...So, how far down the coast did
they go? I look a the more isolated area's like Inverness and just wonder
what existed in those days when DB stalked and talked.....tj