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> to California There were hairpia turns and backcountry permits warned us of
(TIM ideal s a d there*!) steep climbs, ctiSfs and beaches to bears layering up for hibernation:
The situation was ideal. We the west,rockficesKnd lush farm- "Whan bears start messing with
found a trail to the beach and set land to the east, blue wavtis below. people, we have to kill bears, even
up ramp feet awayfromthe ocean. The van, in spite ofits unfortunate though ifs usuaUy the people's
There was plenty of driftwood run-in with a Redwood tree a few fault. We don't want to kill any
nearby and the bonfire was roar- miles back, ran like a well-tuned bears." He looked at us accusingly,
ing within minutes. We had bar- racing machine, a benevolent and suggested we spend our first
becued chicken, fresh pineapple, bucket of bolts; night at Little Yosemite Valley,
musk on the radio, waves pouring Mark sad I, after'much awe- where there were anti-bear food
in, and a warm night inspired pondering, came to the boxes.
What could go wrong? conclusion that a properly-placed But by the tima we ate, loaded
At first it was little more than a and madh/-designed highway can our packs, and found our way past
drusle. Mark set up a lean-to by indeed be good for the soul. the tourist shops and satellite dish-
tying a big tarp to the cliff behind Berkeley equipped WinnebagoB tc the ac-
us and weighingitdown with rocks We stopped by to visit Jonathon tual hiking trail, the sun wad al-
"on the sand. The sprinkles were SintoninBerkeley.afriendofmine ready setting and we had four miles
actualh/ welcomed, with our fire from years back. Since the days to go.
biasing away like a furnace. when we used to explore the Me- We passed a huge, cement'
Then it began to pour: a tumul- dusa forests together, Jonathon "Water Storage Facility," near the
tuous, crashing grizzly bear of a has graduated from Harvard, river. "Wait a second," Mark said.
storm. We hid beneath the tarp. traveled through Tibet and Nepal, "Let's check out the top of this
Gradualb/, the sand became mud taught English and gotten mar- thing, see if we can aleep up there.
and high winds blew water drop- ried in China, and moved to Cali- It'll be nice and flat, and we won't
lets into our shelter. Small rocks fornia for graduate school. He's have to worry about bears."
from the wall we had used to se- studying energy resource man- Chalk up another good idea for
cure the tarp began to fall inter- agement at Berkeley; of all the Mark. We climbed the ladder to
mittently, bonking one groggy subjects to study in this country, the top, hauled our packs up with
head or another. I had visions of that seems to me to be the most rope, and set up camp,, nothing
mudslide, being buried under vital and timely. between us and the stars but jets
earth and muck in a claustropho- Jon introduced us to Telegraph pouring people in and out of the
bic death trap. Avenue, a hip-hopping little bay area.
The sand fleas sought shelter in stretch of liveliness that reminded Thencametheearthquake. This
the only logical hiding place me of Jackson Square in New Or- rumbling noise approached, like a
around: under our tarp. They found leans, minus the southern accents, train roaring up the valley, and
their way into our hair and our or Harvard Square in Cambridge, the cement thing we were perched
. sleepihgbags.ICimandReneehad with a lot more transient street on started to move. It trembled
had enough. They simply left — people. There were jazz musicians gently, enough so I could hear the
walked back to the car to turn on playing' for change on the street water beneath lis roll about. Dont
the heater and change clothes, and shops good and bad, and an panic. Horrific images raced
leaving their sleeping bags, extra eclectic mix of students, panhan- through my mind: a crumbling
clothes, radio, and spare shoes out dlers, skateboardmgpunkrockers, water tower, a ragingflood,tons of
in the rain. businesspeople, and of course hip- . concrete collapsing, along with
Mark and I were left cursing the pies (some ofwhom were busy pro- Mark and me.
climate gods and swatting the sand motingWavy Gravy, ofWoodstock "Did you feel thatr
fleas. fame, for city council). "Yeah — that was pretty wild." Paradise River, a typical mountain stream in the Northwett.
Highway One As we walked across campus we. Aswasthesftershodt r thesame
' The nomadic life ia not an easy heard what sounded like a tribal thing again but leas violent. Mark,
lift. There are endle—pouibilitiet ritual off in the distance. That's a California native, slept as soon —solid, unfprgivinglypitched rock quest was complete and we were
far disaster and money ie a prob- pretty much what it was. People as the quake ended. I sat up and dropping to certain death. up top, above hills, valleys, and
lem that can never be adequately were pounding on congas, banging wondered how much structural The grip tightens and the legs forests, with brillisntsunshine and
, solved. Still, motion hoe it* re- on bongoes, breathing into flutes damage our home had suffered... immobilize; you reach that ter- a mild breeze in the air, healthy,
wards. . and saxophones, dancing about, Half Dome rible point where you are too happy, and free, I decided that the
We drove south past redwoods playing frisbee and skateboarding The wall was steep and smooth, frightened to go up, too jittery to land ia as good a reward as any.
and eucalyptus trees and made in time with the rhythm. with maybe one solid foothold ev- go down, and too nervous to stay
bur way to Highway One: thedrive They do this every Sunday.af- ery 75 feet Some lunatic had nailed where you are. Theauthor, aformerRmmrprise
to: top all drives, the most beauti- ternoon," Jon told us. It's one of a wire cable into the rock face. The Doni look behind you. staff writer and a graduate of
ful .cruise in the Continental the traditions here." technique was simple in theory: The climb required concentra- OuUderland High and the Univer-
U.S.A., more majestic than Colo- You might call it a spritely al- Hold the cable tightly with both tion, control, and confidence, as do sity of Virginia, is currently work-
rado 24 West or the Blue Ridge ternative to lounging in front of hands and walk slowly, matching most things at all worth doing.
each stride with a hand-over-hand ing on a book tentatively titled
Parkway througKCarolina, or even . the tube and watching football. Many .times during the ascent I
extension. But when you look to questioned my choice tbclimb Half Onward: Sound BUm from the
the back route from- Missoula, Yoaemito Surprise
The ranger who issued us the rear yoU see a pernicious sight Dome with Mark, but when the American Road.
Montana to Glacier National Park,
ACT's production Lion in Winter, a winter 'blunder' land
By Carol King Holy Land, and the woman who to be expected because he is still of his purple robes. There is lit- palace — wonderfully schema-
The Lion In Winter, t h e greatly advanced women to a young, an immature 16-year- tle majesty in this Philip Au- tic, perfectly suited to intrigue
award-winning.play by James position of increasing influ- old in 1183. Richard Coeur de gustus. and fierce comedy.
Goldman, brings history to life. ence in society. Kestenbaum's Lion, however, will become The set designed by Dennis "The Lion in Winter," by
Imaginatively capsulized, the performance presents all that. king in less than six years. Diefendorf, who also directed Jamcfi Goldman, directed by
text relates what might have, David T. Howard as John, Matthew Sckalor's Richard is the play, is efficiently manipu- Dennis Diefendorf at Albany
happened one Christmastide in Henry and Eleanor's youngest merely surly and offers no lated by Mary Connery, George Civic Theater, 235 2nd Ave.,
1183 during a reunion of the son, reminds us that kings indication of the man who wrote Dunbrook, Davin Logerroos, Fri, 8 p.m., Sat. 5 & 9 p.m.,
family of Henry Plantagenet were, once boys. Howard offers lyrics in French and who be- Michael Mayotte, and Scott Sunday at 3 p.m.,- through Jan.
(from 1154 Henry II of Eng- a performance which never re- came the hero of hundreds of Trunkett. These "castle rats" 20. Information 462-1297.
land) . and Eleanor of lies completely on petulance or romantic legends. . make quick and mercifully en-
whines. Though those two Matturro, as Henry II, flat-
Aquitaine. The dialogue is
brilliant, as might be expected manifestations of youth are tens the luster of any scene he is
tertaining work of the nine
scene changes on ACT's tiny Correction
of lofty historical figures such easily played and often over- in, and there are a lot of those. stage.. The state Department .ef
as Henry, Eleanor, the soon-to: played, the actor avoids them He »-- supposedly the "Lion" of Agriculture and Markets didn't
be Richard I (Richard the Lion- and portrays a capricious, en- the title. But when Matturro ad- Jenniver Sparano designed
the costumes, which were appro- dip chicks in color dyes, as
hearted), and the later-to-be ergetic, and thoroughly whim- vises young King Philip of
King John, signer of the Magna sical young adolescent. France: "When I bellow, bellow priately period and, for the most reported in last week's
back," or boasts to Alais, "I am part, appropriately unobtrusive. Emphasis article. Ag &
Mychelle Lee Vedder as the greatest power in a thousand Michael Noonon's lighting Markets forbade the practice,
As offered by Albany Civic Alais, Henry's youthful design portrays a clear visual which had. been used by some,
.Theater; however, therepresen- years," there is a strong sense sellers of baby chicks.
paramour, displays a robust that he is uttering the lines be- impression of a castle — not a
tation of the text.falls short of dignity. She just might be ca- cause they were written for him, COUPON . — _ . — _ _ _ — .
brilliance. The production is, to pable of turning the King's at-
say the very least; listless. And not because he means them.
that is especially unfortunate,
tention away from his assertive
and sexy queen. The aching Doug Krehbiel as Geoffery, i
for the play includes several sweetness of the character, seen Henry's illegitimate but ac-
knowledged son, is thoughtful
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stand-out performances. •
—in so many^ other productions of
— too thoughtful perhaps —ajid i I
the play, is absent in Vedder's
the dynamic Eleanor of
Aquitaine, marks her debut on
the ACT stage with a richly-tex-
tured characterization. Her
Alais. Her performance cap-
tures another more full-bodied
facet of the woman, a new and
sullen. The rebellious prelate
he was to become is not evident
on the ACT stago.
Rounding out the-cast is Marc
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Eleanor is the romantic beauty,
refreshing view,.and.leads us to
"Astafarras Philip II of France. i I
. the powerful monarch, the
shrewd manipulator of kings
wonder if she might not, after
all, be a match for the aging Astafan plays the 19-year-old
warrior king with great cock- i $3.00 of f I
and commoners, who has
and still potent Henry.
ings of his brows and swirlings
earned historical tribute. In Contrasting her performance
and , Kestenbaum's with free Second Set I
Kestenbaum's performance, an
audience sees the girl who be- Richard Matturro's sing-song f PASTER
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came queen of France at 15, the
vocal delivery of Henry II
shows the unfortunate failure of i Location: In Star Supermarket i
queen, who divorced a French the production as a whole. The FREE KMsVftd wptftH
King to marry a future king of
England (Henry). One enjoys
kings, or kings-to-be, in this i«KanwrM. (M. tM) Gulldorland, N.Y. i
the wife who accompanied her
representation lack grandeur.
In the case of John, thi« lack is **•+**" i
husband on a crusade to the