I really enjoyed the letters from Paula LaBrot and Andrea Ehrgot [Elliott] and their expressions of deep feeling for the land, Paula noting its renewal post-fire, and Andrea the depredations suffered under Secretary Zinke. Both speak like true Topangans. What seems to draw most of us to this place is our love of the natural world and the fact that nature clearly predominates here, in contrast to most communities (think Beverly Hills, Brentwood, etc.) where man [dominates], or at least appears to. Nature always has the last word no matter what illusions we cocoon ourselves in. But it is good to be among fellow spirits as well as the oaks, the deer, the hawks, and all the glories of the canyon.
In the article, “Malibu Creek State Park”, writer Suzanne Guldimann states that the visitor center for the park is closed. In fact, the VC survived the fire and is open as usual. The VC is open during limited hours and is staffed by volunteers. Merchandise, water, maps, and advice about the park are available there.
The VC is open on weekends from noon to 4pm; the hours are posted here:
—Garm Beall, docent
Suzanne Guldimann responds with photo:
The visitor center was swathed in tarps and had not yet reopened following the fire and the first post-fire rains when I was at Malibu Creek State Park taking the photos for the article. I’m glad it wasn’t badly damaged—it’s a beautiful old building.