The California Missions Trail: In Santa Barbara County and Beyond

COST: [Free for members of the Santa Barbara Historical Museum. $10 for non-members.]
Organizer: Santa Barbara County Trails Council
Posted by:Trails Council

The interest in adventure tourism has been growing worldwide and with that goes a booming attraction to walking and cycling long-distance trails (LDTs). Of course, walking and cycling the California Missions Trail is not new in and of itself. Still, the launch of a 320-page book by a British publishing company, Cicerone Press, a leader in books about village-to-village hiking and cycling in Europe — is a big step towards popularizing this form of recreation in California with the release of the new book.

Author Sandy Brown will make a presentation about the modern route for the 800-mile-long California Missions Trail at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum on November 9th. Join us at 5 pm for refreshments, with the presentation starting at 5:30 pm.

Trails Council’s effort to call attention to the California Missions Trail in the Tri-county area includes providing a research grant to a guidebook author, Sandy Brown, to write a book for Cicerone Press. As a result, Sandy cycled the 800-mile route from Sonoma to San Diego and back to Sonoma twice and walked it once. With turn-by-turn directions for an epic long-distance trail, the author captures a slice of California’s unique landscapes, people, history, and cultural heritage.

WHO: All history buffs and trail enthusiasts
WHAT: Presentation on the California Missions Trail
WHEN: November 9th from 5 pm – 7 pm
WHERE: Santa Barbara Historical Museum

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Sanford “Sandy” Brown is one of the most prolific and celebrated English-language pilgrimage guidebook writers. He has walked or biked over 10,000 miles on pilgrim trails, and his guidebooks cover walking routes in Spain, France, Switzerland, Italy, and the US. Sandy is proud of his Mexican and Indigenous American roots. He was born in California, where his family migrated in the mid-19th century to settle around Mission San Juan Capistrano. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington in Seattle and a doctorate from Princeton Theological Seminary. Along with his writing accomplishments, he is associate publisher of Cicerone Press. Sandy lives in Lucca, Italy, with his wife.



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