Mountain Man Spotted On Moraga Way

Okay, who saw the guy with the three pack animals moseying along Moraga Way Sunday, hmmm?


Lamorinda Patch gets snapshots of sporting events and bank robberies but you'd think a guy walking down Moraga Way with three pack animals in tow would draw more attention.

We've had a number of inquiries about this gentleman, who apparently was clip- clopping down Moraga Way toward Orinda about noon Sunday, but it appears he disappered into the sunset without so much as a howdy-do to us town folk.

Anyone with any knowledge of his intentions, or if he's working a mine somewhere up in the hills, drop us a line in the comments field. And our thanks to Steve Cohn for posting the only, albeit still very mysterious photo of the Man With No Name.

If anyone got a picture of this blast from the past, we'd appreciate it if you'd post it.

Andrew L. August 13, 2012 at 11:31 PM
I saw him about 10:45 a.m. on Sunday -- he was headed west on the south side of Canyon Road where it meets Country Club Drive. He was leading a team of what looked to be three fully-laden pack mules. I assumed he had been to the Safeway to stock up on provisions and was headed up to the backcountry near Canyon...
Andrew L. August 13, 2012 at 11:32 PM
In any event, a refreshing change from the usual weekend vista there of bicyclists riding $10,000 bicycles while wearing froo-froo outfits.
CJ August 14, 2012 at 12:11 AM
Hilarious line Andrew. I saw him on Saturday on PH Rd near the intersection with Olympic and then on Sunday on Moraga Way. Hi animals looked well fed, he......not so much. He seems to be crisscrossing around. Interesting. Looks like something out of a John Steinbeck novel.
Chris Nicholson August 14, 2012 at 12:19 AM
I heard that he had FOUR (not three) mules when he entered town, but found one missing after leaving them tied up near Starbucks while he got a venti half-cafe frappuccino.
Crowley August 14, 2012 at 12:45 AM
I saw him twice! Once near St. Mary's Road at Bollinger Canyon and later going down Camino Pablo in front of JM, heading southeast, toward Rancho Laguna. I really wish I had snapped a photo.
Steve Cohn August 14, 2012 at 12:46 AM
Was the horse's name Cervelo (sorry Larry) Attached is a scratchy (a la Sasquatch) photo of the "old guy" heading north on Camino Pablo at Hwy 24 at 2:00 yesterday (with three beautifully rigged pack horses). Nice to know there are REAL characters still out there. Sorry I was not quicker with my "phone cam" but best he remains a blurry vision.
Jose August 14, 2012 at 01:47 AM
He is The Man with No Name. Cue the Sergio Leone score.
SevenMary7 August 14, 2012 at 03:04 AM
Ride hard, pahdner, ride far....
Tim Davis August 14, 2012 at 03:05 AM
Very very cool!
Lafayette Curmudgeon August 14, 2012 at 03:16 AM
He's been through the desert on a horse with no name. He felt good to be out of the rain.
Zoe Claire August 14, 2012 at 03:00 PM
I wish I had seen him!
Sandy August 14, 2012 at 03:01 PM
Needed to pick up a few things at Dollar Tree
My Kids Dad August 14, 2012 at 03:37 PM
i just saw a guy on Moraga road near the old library with three shopping carts overburdened with stuff, probably heading to the creek to settle in for a hot day out of the sun!
Sharon August 14, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Heading up Wildcat Canyon road around 4pm Sunday.
Ed August 14, 2012 at 05:33 PM
just uploaded a pic... corner of Camino Pablo and Rimer on Sunday morning...
J.D. O'Connor (Editor) August 14, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Ed, Bless You! GREAT picture of this man. We are now searching for his campsite... thanks so much.
Nancy Lee August 14, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Bikes are better than cars and horses are better than both. I love this....
Loree August 16, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Saw him on sunday eating blackberries while the three mules stood in the shade.....
Candace Morton August 16, 2012 at 11:14 PM
I saw him in Concord on Willow Pass right before you hit Clayton. Thought I was hallucinating :)
Jose August 16, 2012 at 11:51 PM
This is a good story. We need mountain men. I am guessing that Mountain Man has a lower tax rate that W. Mitt Romney, but who knows?
Daniel Archuleta August 18, 2012 at 05:53 AM
Great picture and the whole story made me smile.
NRD August 25, 2012 at 02:38 AM
If this is the same guy a friend of mine let him stay the nite on their property. They fed him and his mules. Said he was a really nice guy. They also got some shoes for his mules. Bless him and may he always have the man above watching over him and taking care of him. This was in Gilroy, he left this morning the 24th of August.
Michelle October 29, 2012 at 07:06 PM
He's in San Diego!! Saw him twice this weekend. Saturday at Miramar and Sunday at Fashion Valley Mall.
Steven Bartholow (Editor) November 19, 2012 at 07:03 PM
Photos of his sighting in San Diego this weekend: http://santee.patch.com/articles/mountain-man-and-his-mules-sighted-walking-toward-santee#photo-12198612
Tim November 29, 2012 at 07:00 PM
He was at Torrey Pines Nov 28th, heading North into Del Mar. I just posted a picture
Dave Sanders January 05, 2013 at 03:59 PM
Glendora and San Dimas on Jan 4. Article in Glendora Patch.


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