I ran into my friend Marinka Horack recently at the Bolsa Chica wetlands. She and her fantastic Miracles of the Marsh docent team from the Bolsa Chica Land Trust were taking yet another school group out to learn about nature. Marinka introduced me to an older gentleman, a docent, and said, "You should write about him, Chris."
I went back a week later to watch him teach the kids about birds and local history — as he told them, he'd even actually been inside the Bolsa Chica Gun Club. In fact, this seasoned sage even had a local elementary school named after him. So I took Marinka's advice.
A few days later, on a bright, warm day, my son and I met 88-year-old lifelong Huntington Beach resident Bill Kettler at the end of Bolsa Chica Street, right where the Trails at Brightwater starts, next to a 6-acre parcel of land called the Goodell property.