Henry Coe State Park is a rare and precious combination of wild lands on the doorstep of a major metropolitan area. Its been one of my favorite places since a backpacking trip deep in the park when a rottweiler-sized cat came down to the stream across from camp to get a drink…and ran once it realized people were about. Watching the big cat drink was a wonderful sight to behold — and not one I’d particularly expect to see at park headquarters.
Unfortunately, our access to Henry Coe State Park is threatened by the CA budget crisis withdrawing funding for state parks. I’m not only concerned about not being able to use Coe — I’m also worried that a closed park is less likely to be preserved as it becomes an easier target for development.
SOS is an organization committed to keeping our state parks open. They have called for a show of support for the parks in the form of visiting a state park sometime on the weekend of June 20-21, 2009 and taking photos of ourselves with banners for a video they are producing.
I plan to be at Henry Coe State Park Headquarters to take the photos and I want you to join in. Everyone is welcome for the photo.
If you want to be photographed with a sign, you can print your favorite of the signs on the SOS Weekend page. If enough people RSVP by Thursday 6/18 to say they’ll be there, I’ll have a larger banner made up.
If you would like to coordinate carpools, feel free to leave comments on this post. Please understand that this website is open to the public and I won’t necessarily know everyone who comments. I’m already in a carpool down and will meet y’all there.
We do plan to hike after the photos. If you’d like to hike too, please bring water, decent shoes, snack/lunch and your sense of personal responsibility. This isn’t an organized event, but I’m happy to have new friends and acquaintances share the trail.
Hope to see you Saturday!
(Henry Coe photo source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nkinkade/)