Update for July 2008

Meeting day and location: The first Thursday of each month at Coco’s restaurant,1324 E. Main Street El Cajon (near Main and 2nd/Jamacha) . The meetings start at 7 p.m.. Come at 6:30 and have dinner beforehand and visit. The next meeting will be August 7, 2008. Questions or directions: Linda Eskin 619 368-4333 (cell) or linda@lindaeskin. com.

Park News

• Trail conditions – It’s getting HOT, but some flowers are blooming and some water is still running. Ride and enjoy the park. Report downed trees to Ron Matzenaur runningm@cox. net 619-445-8479.
• MAU “Benefit” Ride - Saturday, July 27. Camp for the weekend at Los Vaqueros. Contact Suzie Kirkwood 619-445-3555.
• Fages Ride – Put it on your calendar: September 26-28, 2008. The committee is finalizing plans. Registration opens around August
1. Ride will be staged at Los Vaqueros Group Camp. More news coming
soon

• Adopt a work party - Encourage your club membership to volunteer for a workparty date in 2008. Information on the CEA website www.cuyamacaequestr ian.org Great time of year to work on trails!
• Meeting with Superintendent Nedra Martinez

o Work continues on trails and Green Valley Campground that have been closed due to downed trees.
o Possibility of enlarged staging area and improved toilet facilities at Merigan trailhead is being explored; looking good. Your hance to suggest names! Submit ideas to Park office.
o Baby trees need watering! Adopt a plot to water or help on the 3rd Saturday of each month. Meet at 8:00 at the park offices in the Old Stone House near Paso Picacho. Ask for Ranger Bob Hillis.
o Currently no water available at Granite Springs.
o Los Caballos Trail is expected to reopen August 1, thereby restoring the loop around the horse camps and access to the California Riding and Hiking Trail from the Hual Cu Cuish equestrian staging area.

Los Caballos Historic Site nomination Documentation for a Los Caballos historic site nomination is being reviewed by consultant Bill Davis. CEA continues to gather
documentation in support of this nomination. The rich history of the area is fascinating to discover and, hopefully, will be included in an inventory of significant historical sites in the north part of the park. Such an inventory could lead to interpretive exhibits and greater appreciation of the history in the time period between the Native American village and the park.

CEA Gathering
The Gathering at Old Chaney Ranch included great riding in a wonderful campground. Corrals, campfires, and outhouses with running water! Doesn’t get any better. CEA thanked host Ed Picozzi with a mirror for his guest house.

Announcements
• Lakeside Frontier Riders Annual Poker Ride – Saturday, October 11. http://www.lakeside frontierriders. com/events/ poker-ride2008.shtml to register.

How to Support CEA
Cuyamaca Equestrian Association is requesting funds from horse organizations and individual equestrians for the following accounts to further CEA’s work. Donations are tax deductible.

1. Operational Funds for CEA – Make your check out to CEA and write “General Fund” on the memo line.
2. Los Caballos Fund – Make your check out to CEA and write “Los Cab” on the memo line. Fund is for services of consulting attorney Bill Davis and consulting archeologists Kent Schneider PhD and Mark Barnes, PhD working on historic site nomination. Matching donation promised for donations $500 or more.
3. Mail checks to: CEA, PO Box 79, Descanso, CA 91916. Your donations are much appreciated in the support of equestrian interests in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.

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