A different sort of trail register

I had the bright idea of setting up a trail register for 2016 to get a better feel for the number of hikers visiting my place. Rather than have hikers sign a notebook, I thought this might be a good use for my surf board, which is holding up better than I expected in the sun, wind and snow of the desert mountains. I posted a sign with instructions for signing the register: “Please sign my surf board ‘trail register.’ Write small — we need to fit ~700 signatures here. (If surf board is wet, please sign paper register in library and I will transfer to surf board.) Thx, Trail Angel Mary”

I left a container with variously-colored permanent markers nearby, and let the experiment begin.


I was the first person to sign in the afternoon on January 1, 2016.


If you are looking for a particular name, I have gathered all the surfboard photos in a gallery on the right. Click on any one to cycle through the images.

A bit of SoCal whimsy

Last year, I had to contact the PCTA in the context of an article I was writing for my local Anza paper and stumbled across the page on their site providing information for the press. I was struck by the fact that they needed to correct people who thought PCT stood for Pacific COAST Trail, presumably because so many southern Californians get confused because the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail) sounds a lot like the PCH (Pacific Coast Highway).

Someone on my street was giving away a ratty old surf board, so I had an idea …  a play on the mistake “Pacific Coast Trail.” You can see the results below. (I don’t know how long the surf board will last in the extreme sunlight and wide temperature swings typical of the desert mountains, but I’ll enjoy my little inside joke for as long as it does.)

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