EVENT: Coast to Cactus Book Signing

Posted by Adventure 16 | 12.14.2016

Coast to Cactus: The Canyoneer Trail Guide to San Diego Outdoors – More than a hiking guide; it is a field guide too!

Come in and meet Diana Lindsay, Managing Editor of Coast to Cactus: The Canyoneer Trail Guide to San Diego Outdoors. Diana will be available to answer questions and sign books, which will also be available for purchase.

Bonus: Receive 
a free book* with purchase of Coast to Cactus during the book signing event. *Choose from Campgrounds of LA & Orange CountyCampgrounds of Santa Barbara/Ventura, or Warbird Watchers Guide to Southern California Skies--while supplies last.

Friday, December 23; 12:00pm - 3:00pm: A16 Solana Beach Store


There are several choices when it comes to guidebooks for San Diego trails, but only one offers the authority of the San Diego Natural History Museum (theNAT).  Coast to Cactus: The Canyoneer Trail Guide to San Diego Outdoors is the latest release from El Cajon-based publisher Sunbelt Publications and is written by a group of Natural History Museum volunteers—highly trained citizen science trail guides—known as the Canyoneers.

Coast to Cactus is far more than a hiking guide. The book introduces readers to San Diego County’s unique natural wonders and provides readers with a virtual Canyoneer, allowing them to enjoy an experience akin to a Canyoneer-led foray into nature. The dedicated volunteers who developed this book have provided free guided tours in San Diego County’s natural areas since 1973.

The trail guide complements the Coast to Cactus in Southern California exhibition at theNAT, which helps visitors understand the diverse ecosystems of our region.  San Diego County is considered by Conservation International to be one of 35 global biodiversity hot spots, and The Nature Conservancy calls it a rare jewel in America’s crown of great natural spaces. The book adopts the Canyoneer approach of inviting hikers to stop, look, listen, touch, smell, and examine. They teach that everything is linked together in nature.

 With 245 unique hikes, plus 73 additional hike options, Coast to Cactus includes vital information with each hike description, including maps, photos, distance, elevation change, and a variety of other information. It introduces readers to over 500 different species of flora and fauna and is strategically organized with hikes separated into four geographic regions.  The guide even includes a listing of all regional trails and watersheds in the County.

BOOK SIGNING: Friday, December 23; 12:00pm - 3:00pm: A16 Solana Beach Store

Diana Lindsay is the author, co-author, or editor of over 10 books that delve into the cultural and natural history of San Diego County. Her research and writing career began with the publication of her master’s degree from San Diego State University by Copley Books in 1973 as Our Historic Desert.  Among her many award-winning books are the guidebook entitled The Anza-Borrego Desert RegionAnza-Borrego A to Z: People, Places, and ThingsMarshal South and the Ghost Mountain Chronicles, and Ricardo Breceda: Accidental Artist.

She is the managing editor of her latest project, entitled Coast to Cactus: The Canyoneer Trail Guide to San Diego Outdoors written by the San Diego Natural History Museum Canyoneers, which has been years in production, beginning in 2012 with weekly published columns by the Canyoneers entitled “Roam-O-Rama” in the San Diego Reader.

Diana is the founder and president of Sunbelt Publications, a regional book publishing and distribution business established in 1984. She is currently serving on the board of the San Diego Natural History Museum and has been a Museum Canyoneer leading public walks and hikes for almost 30 years. Her latest work is a result of a partnership between the Canyoneers, the Museum, and her publishing company. Proceeds from the sale of her book support the Museum.