A spunky Girl Scout sparked a series of newspaper columns that years later have spawned a Solana Beach resident’s recently released book.
Jan Secrist compiled “Gullible Travels: Memories of Family Life B.T. — Before Technology” from the collection of pieces she wrote in the 1980s for a chain of papers that circulated in North County coastal communities at the time.
The Coast Dispatch in Encinitas was the flagship of the twice-weekly publications, which included the Rancho Santa Fe Times, Del Mar Surfcomber, Carlsbad Journal, and Oceanside Breeze.
Secrist said that in the early 1980s when she and her family lived in Rancho Santa Fe, she received a visit from a friend...