Saturday July 16, Pinon Hills’ own Backcountry Mountain Man was at Grassy Hollow Visitor Center ready to share stories of the trail, and teach some backcountry etiquette. Terry Haider travels the backcountry of the forests near and far. He takes his team of three to six pack mules, who carry the supplies, to clean trails, clear trees, and educate the public on the lifestyle of trail riders of the past. Haider wears authentic Native American regalia, carries a rifle and a “cutting tool,” and with his mule string attracts the attention of children and adults alike. At Saturday’s event, Haider gave a presentation at the amphitheater at Grassy Hollow in the late morning. Throughout the afternoon his horse and two mules would draw a crowd and Haider would use the opportunity to educate cub scouts, young ladies, and grandparents about the animals and the trail. Mules are the offspring of a male donkey (jack) and a female horse (mare). Because they do not reproduce, mules cannot propagate their own species. Haider pointed out that horses have eyes that are closer to the front of their faces, so they can only see their front feet when they walk. Mules’ eyes are a bit further to the sides of their heads, and they protrude more than the horses’ eyes. Mules, therefore, can see their back feet and front feet, which makes them good trail animals. Haider takes the idea of being “stubborn as a mule” to task. Mules, he said, “Are actually very smart. They won’t go forward if they see that it isn’t safe.” So what seems like stubbornness, is just a mule’s common sense. In discussing good trail manners, Haider explained the rule of right-of-way when riders encounter hikers on the trail. Hikers are always to go to the bottom side of the trail and let the horse or pack animals pass on the upper side. If the horse gets spooked, it could otherwise fall down a steep embankment or cliff. Haider encountered the issue on Saturday, as he rode his horse and walked his mules from Inspiration Point to Grassy Hollow. The hiker was indignant about moving aside and Haider explained to him that this is the rule of the trail, and for good reason. The Mountain Man’s lessons for the trail have as much to do with practicality as they do survival. Haider teaches even experienced packers how to lighten theirs, and their animals’ loads with the Five Cs of Survival: Cordage, Cover, Cutting Tool, Combustion, and Container. A number of extraneous items can be left behind, if you have rope, a water vessel, a knife, a tarp, and a way to start a fire. Haider’s interest in horses began when he was a teenager and would work for his grandparents in Montana. He developed a love for fishing, hiking, and hunting, and backcountry travel was the perfect way to combine his interests. He worked with an outfitter who used Haider’s horses and he acted as cook, wrangler, and guide for groups of hunters. Haider enjoys the opportunity to educate people on the “Old Ways for Modern Days.” He has worked at the LA County Fair for 12 years, teaching groups of school children how to build a fire without matches or a lighter, and how to tie knots that are essential in securing the load on your mule’s back, or the one in the back of your truck. Learn more about the Backcountry Mountain Man on his Facebook page, and watch for him to return to Grassy Hollow Visitor Center. He might even show up at Smokey’s Birthday Party on August 20th. Benefit concert brings 80’s rock to Wrightwood
By Lucy Eaton
The Wrightwood Country Club came alive with classic rock and good vibes on Saturday night at the “Rock The Lives We Love” Benefit. The concert-in-the-park featured local and special guest musicians playing familiar covers and catchy originals. Guests and friends of the musicians could be found enjoying tacos and margaritas, and hard-working volunteers helped the event run smoothly. Chemowize would like to thank Robert Linthicum of Sew Perfect for donating t-shirts and jackets. The special feature of the night was all-girl band Precious Metal performing for their second reunion to benefit Chemowize, a Wrightwood-based breast cancer and chemotherapy support non-profit organization. Precious Metal’s unique sound took LA’s rock scene by storm in the 80’s. Many years after retiring from music and moving to Wrightwood, Precious Metal’s bassist Alex Peterson was diagnosed with breast cancer. After a triumphant fight, Alex emerged a survivor and founded Chemowize, hoping to help other women through the same battle. She is a strong believer that “recovery begins when chemotherapy ends,” and strives to provide women with the funds and education necessary to live full, healthy lives after cancer. Precious Metal reunited onstage in Los Angeles in 2014 to benefit Chemowize, and the ladies were back together this weekend along with other equally eager and generous musicians. Kelly Z and Gale Dowling sang a tribute to much-loved Wrightwood resident Adrianne Edgerly. She was an integral part of Chemowize and a dear friend of many in the audience. Saturday night’s event was held in her honor. Chemowize provides grants to provide support to cancer survivors, helping them pay for treatments that are usually not covered by insurance such as massage, reflexology, and homeopathic and nutritional practitioners. Their focus is on the part of cancer treatment that usually goes unnoticed - the challenges and triumphs that follow after the end of chemotherapy ends. Venture Into the Woods with Snowline Players
By Terri Hill
During a summer ripe with performing arts, the Snowline Players will present Into the Woods, a musical with music by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine. This modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales in a musical format was recently in theaters on the “big screen.” Now you can enjoy the experience of live theater and local talent in the story that follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel, all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family, and their interaction with the witch next door. This is truly a family event, and great way to forget the beginning of a new school year, at least for a night! Performances are scheduled for the following dates and times at the John Hickey Performing Arts Center at Serrano High School 9292 Sheep Creek Rd, Phelan, CA. Fridays, Aug. 5th, 12th, and 19th at 7:00 PM. Saturday, Aug. 6th at 2:00 PM (special performance for Boy and Girl Scouts and their families, badge included. Ticket price for this performance only, is $6.00) Saturdays, Aug. 13th, and 20th at 7:00 PM. Sunday, Aug. 21st at 2:00PM. Tickets are $12.00 for general admission and $10.00 for seniors, children 12 and under, and students, and are now available online at: http://snowlineplayersintothewoods.brownpapertickets.com/Get all the news for the Tri-Community with your subscription. CLICK HERE to start today!