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Returning home to Pine Valley

At 93, Jack English has a unique relationship to a stretch of California known as Pine Valley. He's been visiting this spot in the Ventana Wilderness since he was 10 years old and built a cabin here where he and his wife once lived, supported by the violin bows that he made. Last December, English fell ill and moved in with his son, and it looked like he would never make it back to Pine Valley. But he recovered and with the help of a friend who owns a helicopter returns now and again to this spot five miles from anyone.

Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times
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