Friday, October 31, 2014
Sunday, October 26, 2014
|The parkway was closed today for cleanup after several storms passed through over the weekend.|
I tried to go for a local hike this morning, but as soon as I started walking, I wanted to be in the redwoods. I hopped into my car and headed north to Prairie Creek and had an unexpected surprise. The Newton B. Drury Parkway was closed to motor vehicles after a major rainstorm on Friday and Saturday, along with a wind storm that whipped the area Friday night. As a result, the road was covered with debris, and I believe a tree may have fallen across the road on the north end of the park. The road was open to hikers, so it was a welcome, and unique way to see Prairie Creek. It would be nice if they closed the road a few times a year and let people walk or bike on it. There weren't many people out so I was able to enjoy solitude and silence along the parkway. The photos above are all of trees right on the road, a few big ones that are hard to take photos of when cars are driving on the parkway. Showers, fog, and mist passed overhead throughout the day, a perfect day for a walk...
Friday, October 24, 2014
|After this past week's rain, Bull Creek is now fully connected and flowing to the Eel, and running nicely. The forest is filled with the water music.|
|The Eel River appears to be growing each week with the rains...|
Another great week along the North Coast as rain continues to fall here. I would guess that everything is falling into place for the salmon to return not only to the Eel but to many of the tributaries. Bull Creek has now reconnected and is flowing steady and swift. Mushrooms continue to pop out of the earth. I heard a tree fall in the forest on Tuesday near where I was walking. The earth absolutely trembled! Lots of bird song along some of the creeks. The forest is taking on it's "mysterious look" as fog and mist drift over the canopies and settles into some of the groves. A great time of year to be in the forest...
Friday, October 17, 2014
|Rain Wednesday and Friday this week. Great news.|
|Found this interesting goose pen with shelves and other boards hammered onto the inside of the tree.|
|A fantastic growth|
|Beautiful Thursday morning hike before work.|
|No sign of salmon yet.|
Sunday, October 12, 2014
|I hiked the Elk River Trail, the small black line in upper left hand corner. It's a 5 mile hike to reach the small old growth patch. The loop is about a half mile, and then it's 5 miles back to the parking area (11 miles total).|
|Entering the small old growth patch near the ridge.|
|The loop takes maybe 15 minutes to complete|
The trees are not especially big in redwood terms, keep in mind that in this spot, they grow near the top of the mountain. I'd guess the largest were probably in the 30 foot circumference range. I hiked off trail near the ridge line to inspect one large specimen. When I reached the top of the ridge, the entire south side of the mountain opened up and revealed a clear cut. It was fascinating to observe how dry and charred the clear cut area was in comparison to the dampness and saturated soils of the old growth on the other side of the ridge. A few minutes later, I could see why. A coastal mist blew over the mountain top and the canopies of the old growth disappeared in the fog. Small droplets of moisture dropped down from time to time as the canopy captured the moisture.
The hike back to the parking area from the old growth was as quiet and peaceful as the hike to it. Suddenly mushrooms started revealing themselves on the ground. The fascinating thing about mushrooms is that it seems that they are almost invisible unless you really look for them. Once I realized they were there and started looking, they appeared everywhere!
|Mushroom season has begun!|