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Returning to L.A. from Northern Califas

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Left San Francisco yesterday morning for Los Angeles and took the Highway 5 route with a detour through Carrizo Plain National Monument. The San Andreas Fault cuts a long swath across the valley and the reason it is a valley is due to the plate tectonic activity, the Caliente Range mountain on one side and the many hills on the "temblor range" at the opposite side of the valley. Soda Lake sits in the middle of the valley, a long glistening white bed of salt where Sandhill Cranes and other birds migrate. --also a gathering place for the Chumash and other native tribes. It took a little longer to arrive into L.A.--but it was worth it.  

Today--off to The Latino Book Festival at California State University Los Angeles.  If you're in the area, you are welcome to come to our panel at 12:30p.m., entitled "The Historical Novel" (panelists: writers Graciela Limon, Emma Perez, Alicia Gaspar de Alba and myself).  Nos vemos!

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