Tall in the Saddle with "History Alive"
H. Lee House Cultural Center
3205 Olive Street, Lemon Grove, CA 91945
Native Californian Lisa Wood traveled the world, then discovered "gold" in her own backyard. Her story in all its thrilling detail will be the focus of the next "History Alive" lecture and book signing sponsored by the Lemon Grove Historical Society.
Wood, an equestrian, biologist, explorer and author, comes by her love of California's history honestly. Her uncle, Dr. Richard Coke Wood, former chair of the California State Historic Landmarks Commission and a prolific writer on state history, established a museum in Gold Rush country that became Wood's favorite childhood haunt, when she wasn't on horseback.
It was horses that drew Wood to California Coast Trails: A Horseback Ride from Mexico to Oregon by Joseph Smeaton Chase, an ex-patriot British explorer, whose works are classics of California literature. His 1913 book detailed his 2,000-mile solo trek on horseback -- a trek that would capture Lisa Wood's imagination and drive her to retrace his journey. The odyssey enabled her three favorite activities: visiting history, traveling and riding a horse.
The rugged ride resulted in Wood's own book Chasing the California Dream: A Solo Horseback Journey Along the California Coast, which will be available at the June 6 lecture. She will also display her first edition of Chase's book.
Wood is a graduate of UC Berkeley and SDSU, and a Senior Environmentalist with the City of San Diego. She also runs Trailblazer Ranch and pursues a wide range of biological research projects.
Refreshments will follow the presentation. "History Alive" is suitable for ages 13 and over. The series is free, though donations are much appreciated to help keep the series going. Information: (619) 460-4353.
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