And I must say, I was a bit embarrassed to realize it has been nearly 10 months since the last post! Excuses could be made until I'm blue in the face (after all, I WAS completing a Masters degree), but let's not digress and continue forging forward!
Although the summer is partly behind us already, here in beautiful Southern California there is still plenty of sunshine left this season, and I plan to make the most of it!
For those of you who have been waiting with bated breath for the outcome of the California State Parks dilemma, I bring you an update! (That is, if you haven't been conscientious to have already looked into this)
As of this moment, only ONE park is slated to close (and has actually been closed most of this year).
Sadly, it is the Providence Mountains State Recreation Area which are home to Mitchell Caverns.
Looks like everybody's hard work paid off!
There has been some controversy surrounding the California Natural Resources Agency; there are reports that unbeknownst to the California State Parks Foundation, there was a "secret stash" of up to $54 million in unreported revenue....revenue being held by the same department intended to save the parks operations!
The folks at California State Parks Foundations were not privy to this information, and spearheaded a terrific fundraising effort in the community. Emotions are mixed when it comes to public reaction to this oversight (intended or otherwise...). Personally, I'm just glad there is at least some cash flow available to help the parks remain open temporarily....what is important to keep in mind is that fundraising and donations are still needed to keep parks operational on a long term basis!
Now, I'm off to plan my next adventure!