Indian CanyonAdditional links:
Ann Arie Sayers at Indian Canyon--you tube
DO NOT GO TO INDIAN CANYON UNLESS YOU HAVE BEEN GIVEN MRS. PARKER'S PERMISSION OR ARRANGED YOUR VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY WITH ANNE MARIE SAYERS OR ARE ATTENDING A SCHEDULED CLASS FIELD TRIP DAY. INDIAN CANYON IS INDIAN LAND.
Fall FIELD TRIP DAY: ____________. PLAN TO BE AT THE CANYON BY 1000 AND TO STAY UNTIL 300 PM. $10.00 PER PERSON IS DUE BEFORE GOING TO PAY FOR YOUR LUNCH. EVERYONE THAT GOES MUST PAY. You may bring anyone you like with you. Be they adult or child they must be able to sit still quietly for an hour. No animals please. IN ADDITION THERE IS A $5.00 PER VEHICLE PARKING FEE DUE AT THE CANYON. CARPOOL!!!
Sign in when you get there and sign out before leaving with you instructor.
TO VOLUNTEER AT THE CANYON
Call Anne Marie Sayers 831-637-4238 directly. Call her to arrange your volunteer date and times. Discuss with her the work you will be expected to do. 6 hours volunteer time (actually 6 hours in the canyon working and a 2 hour credit for the commute--even though it may take you longer to get there and/or return to Santa Clara County) = 100 points. Take a volunteer form with you. Print it off the website. Be sure Anne Marie signs it. You are responsible for filling out the rest of the form.
Directions to Indian Canyon
Driving time from San Jose (at least) 1 1/2 hours
Take 101 South past Gilroy to the Highway 25 exit for Hollister.
Follow the directions to the town of Hollister (turn right onto San Felipe Rd.)
San Felipe Rd. turns into San Benito Rd. in the town of Hollister. Proceed all the way through town to Union Road.
Make a right onto Union Rd. and from here on follow the brown signs for the Hollister Hills State Vehicle Recreational Area (HHSVRA). There is almost an immediate left onto Cienega Rd. and then further on another turn right at the stop sign to stay on Cienega Rd.
It gets a little strange here because even when youve turned twice you are still on Cienega Rd. Just keep following the brown HHSVRA signs. In fact continue down Cienega Rd. past HHSVRA until you reach Grass Valley Rd.
Turn right onto Grass Valley Blvd. This is not too far (1/4 mile) past Cienega School (a new modern school building) which is also on your right. The old schoolhouse (Vineyard School) is still on the HHSVRA property and nowhere near to the turn for Grass Valley Blvd. Keep going past the old schoolhouse. !!!!
After the right turn onto Grass Valley Blvd. proceed to the top of the hillpast the first left turn which is a dirt driveway--- and then turn left onto the second place, another dirt driveway. Start following the signs for Indian Canyon through the vineyards. The road meanders through the grape vines but eventually you will reach the gate for Indian Canyon.
GO SLOW 5 mph Dust damages the grapes and vines and releases spider mites into the air. This also damages the grape vines.
Congratulations you are here! You will pay your $5.00 per car parking fee once you park. Bring exact change--5 ones or a five dollar bill. Follow the road up into the Canyon for parking in the large open area on the hill below the green and white house trailer (a right turn across the creek.)
Walk back down the road to the arbor.--slightly uphill and on the same side of the creek that you parked on.
Bring only yourself and maybe something to drink with you to the arbor. This means either leave your brick(s) in the car or drop them off by the bar-b-que near the office.
Use the restroom facility on your way down.
Bring your own drinks and something to clean your hands if you are a person that requires clean hands! All garbage brought into the canyon must be taken out when you leave!
This is a wilderness areanot even drinking water or water to wash your hands is available!!!!!!!
INDIAN CANYON ETIQUETTE
Start your field trip with a "good mind." DON'T BRING NEGATIVITY TO THE CANYON.
Upon arrival at the Canyon be sure to sign your whole signature on the attendance sheet.
Before leaving the Canyon be sure to sign out with your whole signature on the attendance sheet. Don't ask to sign out early. If you don't stay for the whole time or are late you will not receive full credit! You are expected to be in the arbor at Indian Canyon at 11:00 am. We will sign out and leave at 3:00 pm.
Bring with you drinks, hand wipes (if you are concerned about cleanliness) and at least 1 red brick. Can be old or new; a new brick costs about 20¢ at stores, like Home Depot or Lowe's. It is traditional to give something back when you receive knowledge in the American Indian community. Hence the brick. Also take out all garbage you bring in.
Don't litter. If you see litter please pick it up.
Hiking is okay. But do not climb up the waterfall. Not only is it dangerous but also damages the water flow. Anne Marie and her daughter depend on this water for showers/toilet and washing dishes.
The Canyon is a place where traditional religious activities take place. Please respect it. Please don't interrupt ceremonies, especially sweat lodge ceremonies. Walk quietly by without disturbing the participants.
Park in designated areas only. Do not block roads. If you arrive early before others park and wait. Park in the large open area near the mobile home on the hill to the left of the office. Below the hill where the office is a huge partially underground hole in the ground. The office looks like a garage building with a sliding glass door. Please don't drive up to Anne Marie's cabin. Someone will eventually show up at the office. You may go up to the end of the road but walk don't drive.
No alcohol or illegal drugs/substances.
You are responsible for your own safety. You are in Indian country and responsible for your own actions and their repercussions.
Poison oak is optional. Listen and look when poison oak is shown. You can catch poison oak all year round. Even in the winter when there are no leaves on the vines.
Watch out for stinging nettles. Anne Marie will show what mugwort looks like. Crushing the leaves with water and applying to the skin cools the sting.
Smoking is okay but do not throw your butts down. Put the butt out completely and put it in your pocket.
Don't disturb neighbors, wildlife, dogs, chickens, etc. Do not remove anything from the Canyon. No souvenirs.
Please practice reciprocity. You'll get back from this day what you put into it. If 30 people work 1/2 hour each that's collectively what 1 person would have to work at for 15 hours. Bring shovels, hoes, rakes, picks, etc. If nothing else they can be used to set the bricks in place.
--Everyone should also expect to help clean up and reload the supplies in the Parkers' truck.
---DON'T FORGET TO BRING YOUR OWN DRINKS. BEVERAGES OR WATER WILL NOT BE PROVIDED.