California Welcome Center in Oxnard: Doug & Caroline Chamberlin at “Meet the Author” Book Signing on Saturday, Sept. 16th

The California Welcome Center (CWC) located at the Collection Shopping Center in Oxnard welcomes avid hikers and authors at “Meet the Author” book signing on Saturday, September 16 from 1 to 3 pm.  The community is invited to attend and hear about their adventures along the Backbone Trail and the new book that captures their experiences, “The Complete Hiker’s Guide to the Backbone Trail”.

The event is free and open to the public.  The California Welcome Center is located at 2786 Seaglass Way.  For more information, call the CWC at 805-988-0717.


The Backbone Trail is the 69-mile hiking footpath which follows the spine of the Santa Monica Mountains from Los Angeles to Oxnard, California. A wilderness trek at the back door of the second largest metropolis in the United States, the Backbone Trail offers a beautiful getaway within a hundred miles of eighteen million people.  For city-weary Southern Californians, a hike on the Backbone Trail offers lovely forests, waterfalls and streams, cliffs and canyons, backcountry dirt roads, the occasional deer spotting, vistas of endless ridges, and windswept peaks with panoramas looking down on a thousand square miles of Pacific Ocean.  Recently completed after forty years of work, the Backbone Trail has been officially designated as a national recreation trail. It crosses through four state parks, as well as the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area and Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy lands.  Meet Doug and Caroline Chamberlin, authors of the new book, The Complete Hiker’s Guide To The Backbone Trail, which describes in detail the twenty segments of the Backbone Trail in a format suitable for day-hikers or through-hikers.


Husband and wife writing team Doug and Caroline Chamberlin are avid hikers who live in Southern California, but who have enjoyed hiking in areas as diverse as the Colorado Rockies, the Grand Canyon, the Italian Dolomites and the Scottish Highlands. They fell in love with the Backbone Trail when they first hiked it in 2011, and discovered there was no current guide to it. Since then they have trekked the entire trail several times, and they have the retired pairs of pulverized hiking boots to prove it. 

Doug is a professional writer who got the hiking bug as a child on family trips in the Appalachians. He is mostly known for his twenty-year career as a writer of films and television, including co-authoring the script for Toy Story II.  He has written numerous screenplays, sketches and television scripts, given over a hundred pitches, and has worked for every major motion picture studio. Over the course of his career, Doug has worked with Steven Spielberg, John Landis, Barry Levinson, Jeff Katzenberg, Bruce Willis, Brian Grazer and Bugs Bunny (seriously), among many others.  Doug is the winner of ASIFA’s Annie Award and the Writer’s Digest Award, was shortlisted for the America’s Best Competition Award, and was accepted into the prestigious Warner Brothers Sitcom Writers Workshop and the equally acclaimed AFI Sketch Writers Workshop.  He also studied improvisation at the world-renowned Second City in Chicago. He now writes mostly non-fiction humor books and blogs a weekly humor column.  Caroline is a former Texan turned Californian. Caroline became a convert to hiking after she met Doug, when she moved to Southern California and fell in love with the mountains. She is a Certified Public Accountant of over twenty years, having spent much of her career doing audits for studios and movie stars, as well as providing expert testimony in high-profile fraud cases. She has also performed in pageants, music variety shows and mystery theatre. Doug and Caroline have spent most of their lives living in Southern California, in cities ranging from Santa Barbara to Ventura to Pasadena to Oceanside. They also lived for three years in the beautiful city of Bath, England, where Doug taught scriptwriting at historic Bath Spa University.

About Oxnard Convention & Visitors Bureau

Oxnard Convention & Visitors Bureau (OCVB) is a non-profit organization designed to increase visitor expenditures, and tourism revenue opportunities through the promotion of Oxnard as a premier travel destination. Oxnard is an easy drive up the coast from Los Angeles or from the northern portions of California. Visitors are encouraged to enjoy Oxnard’s uncrowded beaches, explore the many diverse attractions and outdoor adventures that are unique to the area. A wide variety of hotel accommodations are available ranging from mid-priced rooms to oceanfront and seaside settings. For more information, call the California Welcome Center at 805-988- 0717.  To learn more about what Oxnard has to offer to visitors, visit the website at

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