gary c. layton
Gary Layton was born in the late 1930s to third-generation California parents. Always a very active individual, he started seeking adventure at an early age by exploring the areas of his childhood around Highgrove and Riverside in Southern California.
Now living in the Mojave Desert, he continues his adventures—and writing—while traveling in his recreational vehicle throughout the western half of the United States and Canada.
Growing Up in Riverside is his first published book.
GROWING UP IN RIVERSIDE
Gary Layton’s paternal grandmother kept a diary her entire life. One day she shared some of the entries from her life in Riverside, California, in the early 1900s with her grandson. Gary was so inspired that he started keeping his own diary for his grandchildren. The number of entries soon grew out of control, and he started turning them into essays.
The result of those writing efforts, these many years later, is Growing Up in Riverside, an accumulation of essays recounting everyday life and adventures from early childhood until the present, starting in Highgrove, California, during the early '40s, on to Riverside in the late '40s, '50s, and '60s, and later years throughout the desert areas of Southern California.