January 2011Issue #5 
Sandy Lydon's Central Coast Secrets

 Sandy Lydon's Central Coast Secrets

Happy New Year!
Our New Years Resolution takes the form of a question:  If Not Now?  When?

We're not putting things off any more.  Our 2011 schedule is based on things I've always wanted to do.  There's lectures, regional adventures, and even a trip by train to Tibet.

If you see something here that interests you, GRAB it, because it might not ever come around again with me leading it.

Sandy Lydon, Historian aka The History Dude
Sandy Lydon's Central Coast Secrets, Cabrillo College Extension Classes, and Overseas Adventures

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Monterey Secrets! 

Monterey's Secret History - A Walk (around 4 miles) Through Time


Led by Sandy Lydon

and Tim Thomas


Sat., February 19

12:30 - 5:00 PM


Here's the stuff they conveniently "forget" in typical histories of Monterey.   


Sandy and Tiim have been working together for years, but today they'll let it all hang out!  

Did you know, for example, that Monterey was one of the most violent and dangerous towns in the United States in the 1840s and 1850s?  Gunfights and Lynchings. 


We begin, appropriately, in the cemetery...


More info


To Register 

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A Sunday Bus - Stroll Adventure

 Seventeen-Mile Drive Secrets!

Sunday, February 27

9:00 AM to 6:00 PM


 You'll never see the 17-Mile Drive the same again!


Pickup in both Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties

More info


To Register

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A Few Spaces Left!
BayWalk3 Circumambulating Monterey Bay with Sandy Lydon and Gary Griggs.


Three Saturdays
in May

 (5/7, 5/14, 5/21) 
Plus a Pre-Trip Session Fri. evening, April 29 7:00-9:00 PM

 Discounted Price Expires March 15!

Contact Us


Sandy Lydon

PO Box 2578

Aptos, California 95001


50th Anniversary

Lecture Series!

Just the Good Stuff.

My Favorite Subjects The Way I Want To Do Them.


An all-stops out lecture series celebrating 50 years in the classroom.  No lesson plans.  No tests.  

Occasional Friday evenings,

7:00 - 10:00

Room 450, Cabrillo College, Aptos, CA

$20 per lecture - Tickets can be purchased ahead of time.


Purchase here:

Sandy Lydon's Central Coast Secrets

FRi. March 11

The Cycles of Racism in the Monterey Bay Region

 A rare chance to see where you fit in the story.

Fri. April 8

That Watsonville-Santa Cruz "Thing"

 Have the two cities always been fussing and feuding?

Fri. May 13

Special Regional Stories of Inspiration and Bravery



More info

To Register 


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A New Extension Adventure! 

The Secret History of Swanton:

Exploring the Ocean Shore Railroad between Scott Creek Beach and Swanton 


Lecture - Friday, March 25, 7:00 to 9:00
Cabrillo College, Aptos
Field Day - Saturday, March 26, 9:00 to 5:00


From Scotts Creek Beach to Swanton including the mysterious town of Folgers, and the San Vicente Lumber Company

:  Class members should be prepared to hike approximately 4.0 miles during the Saturday field day.

More info


A Special Event!

Sandy Lydon's Central Coast Secrets
"The Bandit Joaquin" is one of Dave Stamey's signature songs.


Come Ride with Us!

Some GREAT history through song with two of America's premier singer-songwriters


Dave Stamey

Mary McCaslin

Thurs. Jan. 20
7:30 PM 


Don Quixote's, Felton


China & The Roof of the World by Train

Mid-October 2011

Tibet Potala PalaceA Journey of Discovery and Understanding


Led by Sandy Lydon  and Gary Griggs


Working Itinerary

  Beijing including the Wall, Tiananmen, Forbidden City

  Xining, Qinhai Province

  Xining to Lhasa on the

   world's highest train

  Lhasa and Tibet



  Hong Kong


Special Preview Meeting!


Sunday, February 13 

7:00 PM - Room 435

Cabrillo College


More info


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Coming Attractions! 

Adventures in the Planning Stages for Spring & Summer 2011

Watch these newsletters!

Monterey County Railroads - The Castroville-Monterey Line - walking the rails


Exploring the Mouth of the Carmel River - on foot and by tule balsa - with Linda Yamane

Take the Train to SLO County - Riding the Coast Starlight


Note:  All new adventures premier in these newsletters.