Monthly Archives: January 2009

The Tafoni Starts Here

John Vonderlin explains the natural wonder called:   tafoni. Email John ( I. Hi June, As I mentioned previously, one of the most common of Natural Wonders on the San Mateo Coast, are the rock features called Tafoni. When I first … Continue reading

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Pigeon Point: We like different….Images by John Vonderlin

Image by John Vonderlin Email John ( And the more traditional view:

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Larry Fitterer: The Scott Creek Gauntlet – Postscript

Hi John, I just got caught up at Pescadero Memories.  I’m especially enjoying the correspondence around Monty Parker.  Thanks as always for your gracious words. I think I neglected to mention that I took a nasty fall during my hike … Continue reading

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*The 'GREAT' Monty Parker Mystery*

  Hi John, I made the sign……..He was a great friend….write back and I will fill you in. Ron Carson ————— Hi John,   I just read your website, especially the page on the Great Monty Parker Mystery. As you … Continue reading

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Monty Parker Mystery: Adventurer Larry Fitterer Best Beach Hiker EVER

  Email John Vonderlin ( Photos by Larry Fitterer Hi John  The picture captioned “Main Notch Cove” actually refers to the cove immediately accessible from above. I was unable to make it into the cove immediately to the north that … Continue reading

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Near Monty Parker's Favorite Beach

(Image: Larry Fitterer)

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Ashaleigh Parker: "I am here to crack the mystery of Monty Parker…"

Email John Vonderlin ( To read earlier “Monty Parker” posts, please click here and here Hi June, I was caught by surprise last week when out of the blue the following email arrived. To say it provided a heartwarming answer … Continue reading

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Spring 1924: "We merely wanted to show that real liquor was being smuggled into this country."

From the Chronicle, May 14, 1924 Paul Rubio Payne, alias Pane, Thomas Murphy, Percy Allen, alias Allender, Charles Munsun and Sidney Heild, allged professional bootleggers, and said to be operating a fleet of rum-running vessels between Vancouver and Pacific Coast … Continue reading

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John Vonderlin Says: San Gregorio Metal Thieves…Beware!

Story/Photos by John Vonderlin Email John ( Hi June, A change of schedule forced us to cancel the trip to the San Mateo History Museum last week, but we were able to use the fabulous weather to cruise the Coastside. … Continue reading

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Manuel M. Bettencourt of San Gregorio

Image: Early San Gregorio From History of San Mateo County by Frank Stanger, Narrative and Biographical, 1938 For many years Manuel M. Bettencourt has been identified with transportation activities, owing his advancement to proven worth and ability, and in civic … Continue reading

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