Sunday, December 30, 2012
Montgomery Woods State Natural Reserve (SNR) is named for nineteenth century pioneers Andrew and Elizabeth Montgomery, who homesteaded 160 acres here. In 1919, plans were made to harvest the trees in the Montgomery Grove. Ynes Mexia brought the grove to the attention of Save the Redwoods League. Within a year, the League managed to halt the harvest. It took another 25 years before the trees were permanently protected. Land owner Robert Orr donated 9 acres in 1945. Over the next 65 years, the park grew to over 2,700 acres. Today, California State Parks works with partners to restore the land and water that flow through the groves and protect the trees from ongoing threats.
Saturday, December 22, 2012
2012 was an excellent first year of tree hunting. What a memorable year it has been! Below are photos of my top 10 largest redwoods for 2012! Measurements were taken by tape measure. CBH means "circumference at breast height." Breast height is 4.5 feet from the base of the tree. All trees on this list are single stem trees.
cbh: 54 feet, 5 in.
cbh: 51 feet, 8 in.
cbh: 54 feet, 5 in.
cbh: 51 feet, 8 in.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
December 20, 2012. Here we are, a day before the "END OF THE WORLD!" The fourth and final Delorme Atlas and Gazetteer arrived on my rainy doorstep yesterday. A shudder went through my spine as I contemplated the possibility of walking through these four states (Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico) on the Continental Divide. The Delorme Maps have been recommended by past hikers to be used as an overview, or for planning alternate routes. The yellow books are the "Wolf Guides" I ordered a few months ago. They give very detailed instructions about where the trail is supposed to go. They are written from a southbound direction. It's a lot of information. There are more detailed maps to come. I have placed an order for Jonathan Ley's Continental Divide Trail Maps which will be the most trusted and detailed guide. A CD should arrive in the mail in February, and then I will need to print out those maps.
I am under the impression that preparation for hiking long distance trails is changing rapidly these days, as technology continues to advance and information is becoming more readily available. What I hope works for me this year may be completely obsolete in a couple of years. In fact, I am still finding it challenging how to sort through the confusing amounts of information out there at the moment. Some information seems recent and relevant while other information seems like it may be outdated at this point. I still feel like I am slightly behind the curve at my current planning stage as I fight with my two nemesis; sloth and procrastination. Those will be challenges to overcome in the next few months...
Monday, December 17, 2012
Took a nice hike in Montgomery Woods yesterday to do some mushroom hunting. It was very cold and rainy this weekend, which kept the visitors away. I had the grove to myself. They have put up signs in the grove for the first time. Seven total. The water seems to have subsided a bit as well. The trail was walkable on the south side, where it was completely under water last week. Other than that, no major observations other than there seemed to be more mushrooms popping out of the earth this week than last for some reason. Very dark in the grove all afternoon as well.
Monday, December 10, 2012
Sunday, December 2, 2012
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Holy crap, it's December 1. Roughly 6 months to go before a possible push of the Continental Divide Trail in 2013. Am I nervous? Fuck yeah. I am trying my best to keep the worrying to a minimum. I think that's why I've been feeling so stressed lately. A couple friends told me to let it go a couple days ago. Let go of the hike. I was able to let it go for about five minutes, before thinking about it again. I know it's probably not healthy to put all your eggs in one basket. I am trying to detach myself from the trip the best I can. I am well aware that there are no guarantees of even attempting a long distance trail until you actually have both feet standing on the path. A lot can still happen between now and then. Financially, it looks like things are going to be tight, much tighter than I hoped. I got sick back in August and had to take almost a month off from work. I also had no health insurance. My working hours have been less this fall. I hardly saved anything since the summer. I had a bit of a health scare last week. Again no insurance, just a big doctor's bill waiting for me in the mail. Next week, my work hours pick up again. I am still hopeful, there is a lot left to do planning wise.