A Sierra Nevada octogenarian who as a volunteer for the California State Parks has cared for a three-mile trail for some 15 years was awarded the Poppy Award for Outstanding Volunteers this week. Johnny "O" Olley, 87, of Dunsmuir, has walked the trail to the base of Castle Dome in Siskiyou County nearly daily, caring for and fixing it, helping those who are out for a hike, and sharing his love of the outdoors. He said he rarely gives bears, mountain lions or other potential threats a second thought, but getting the award leaves him shuddering in his shoes. Olley has trekked the Appalachian and Pacific Crest Trails, and created a trail in New York in the '30s that eventually became part of the Appalachian. "The trees are beautiful," he told a local paper, "but it's the people you meet who are truly the reward for being out here."
Did you hear?...Governator puts 48 California state parks on hit list for closing
Reeling under a budget deficit brought on by the housing market collapse and other related economic factors, California is being faced with potentially closing up to 48 state parks that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has singled out. Park officials have stated that by closing 48 of ...read more