Communing With Ancient Indian Spirits in the Ventana Wilderness
Ventana means "window"—but no guidebook published explains why inhabitants chose the name. The key to the mystery lies in local legends. The Native Americans who lived here believed their spirits drifted to the distant Pacific horizon and basked in scarlet dusks. The spectacular jutting coastline of Big Sur stretches out from forests of redwood and cedar, and a spiritual sensation is so pronounced here that many writers who settled here have strived to describe it. Tourists are drawn to the crags of Andrew Molera Beach and Point Lobos, but venture into the forests of the Santa Lucia Mountains and find brooding, fog-wrapped peaks, lush golden meadows, redwoods rising into the clouds.