Wednesday, December 4, 2019

December 4, 2019 Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, California

Cloudy and 50's.

I woke up this morning to sun shining in the window. I rushed outside to take a good photo of the bus here at Kamp Klamath, but the sun went behind a cloud before I got the photo. The scenic drive at  Prairie Creek Redwoods was still closed due to storm damage from the bomb cyclone blowing stuff on the road. So we walked up the road. It is a very scenic drive and walk. We hiked trails we have not before because they were too close to the road and had car noise. 

Our first stop was the Big Tree. What big tree, there are millions of big trees in the redwoods? The photo with the 6 Johns around it was taken our first trip here in 2013. John with more big trees. You have to have someone in the photo to get scale to how big these are.  

John inside a burnt out tree holding a lit lighter.  Wild tree roots between two trees, and two trees that started live on top of a downed tree and sent roots to the ground.  A huge  branch with moss on it and ferns growing on it. A cut little mushroom.  

The ferns on this walk were taller than we are. 

John hugging yet another big tree. The trail goes right between these two trees. John looking up more big trees. 

This massive tree fell across the trail last week during the bomb cyclone high winds.  Can you see John in this photo of the downed tree?? He is stuck inside of it, afraid it will crush him.  

Ferns and moss covered big leaf maple trees.  The Corkscrew tree is a couple trees wrapped around each other and eventually becoming one tree above this point.  

Big trees to walk under. John is in another fern canyon, the sides of this one are two huge downed trees with ferns growing on them.  

A cute bridge on the trail. In elk meadow is a warning sign  Danger, Wild Elk, do not approach, but these are actually deer. One of the wacky questions that tourists will ask is: How many years does it take for a deer to turn into an elk?? I once had a guy in Yellowstone ask me if a moose he was pointing at was an elk. Guess I have lived around them too long to not understand that most people don't see them much.  
Sunset on the way home.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, California December 3, 2019

Woo hoo. 60 degrees and sunny.

We went up to Prairie Creek Redwoods to hike Brown's creek in the old growth redwoods only to find out that the scenic drive the trail head is on was closed. The winds from the bomb cyclone that went through last week blew down lots of branches on the road and it is not cleared yet. We had to find another hike. There is a large herd of Roosevelt Elk in the park. They have signs all over telling you not to approach the wild elk.  Having spent most of my life around wildlife it seems silly to me that people don't know. But I guess they don't.

To get to Fern Canyon you drive down a very steep and narrow dirt road, then cross a couple of creeks. Fern Canyon is a narrow canyon with sheer 50 foot walls covered with moss and ferns and a creek running through it. It is spectacular. John is in the middle of the canyon here so you can see how big it really is.  

Seeping water supply year round dampness for the dense foliage in Fern Canyon. Several periannel waterfalls cascade from the canyon rim. adding to the cool moist microclimate  John photographing a waterfall and a close up of it.  

Fern Canyon is shrouded with lush 5 fingered ferns, dark green sword ferns and delicate lady ferns.

Scouring winter floods periodically rush through the canyon sweeping debris onto fern canyons floor.  

Fern canyon is right off the beach. John with a large wave break and another one coming in.  

Many beaches on the coast you are allowed to drive on. Mushrooms, red sorrel leaves, lettuce fungus that grows on the trees and a wave ravaged pine cone on the beach.  

There is this beautiful campground on the beach. Of course we can't bring the bus down the road, but it would fit in these campsites. After fern canyon we did a short hike into the redwoods.  

John walking by a huge redwood. The trail goes between these two cut ends of this huge redwood. 
About everything is covered with moss. 

Monday, December 2, 2019

December 1-2, 2019 Port Orford, Oregon to Klamath, California

It warmed up into the 50's today. The last few days the highs have been in the 40's. Plus humidity. Brrr.

On our drive to Port Orford we passed numerous cranberry bogs. Bandin is the cranberry capital of Oregon. There is an ocean spray processing plant in Bandin. John with our friends Cats and John in Port Orford. We had a great brunch and visit with them. 

Sue and John in Port Orford. Cats made my beautiful hat. The ocean view from the Red Fish restaurant in Port Orford where we had a delicious brunch.  

After brunch we took a walk along the beach. John, John and Cats. Sunset in Bandin tonight. 

The clouds obscured much of sunset colors tonight. It was a bit foggy on the coast as we drove south. 

More misty sea stacks. Last year we stopped here at low tide and walked around the rocks. Really pretty place. 

A few more sea stacks. At the RV park this old popup was repurposed as a chicken coop. The manager says it sometimes floods where he has the chickens so he has to be able to move them.  

Welcome to California! Flowers and fall leaves at the campground. The road side down and they repaired it, but you can still see the road that slid off to the right. The moon, some almost pink clouds and seed heads. 

Sunset reflected in the Klamath River. The wrapped coil on this basket broke in half. What a pain in the rear. I refuse to take it apart and re-do it. I put some wire in the coil and glued it. I will be able to disguise it with beads or something.