Spent yesterday slowly exploring a potion of forest I have never been before. I felt like the wealthiest man on the planet...
Monday, April 27, 2015
Friday, April 24, 2015
My work commute has allowed me to visit Humboldt Redwoods State Park on a regular basis for the last year and a half. For a long time, I tended to stay away from the Founder's Grove because it always seemed too crowded, and I wanted to see more of the less visited spots. Over time, I have really begun to appreciate this grove, and do believe it is one of the best in the park. I'll be honest, some of the groves in HRSP can feel creepy for whatever reason. In fact, I was in one yesterday that I have visited several times, and every time I go in there I get a bad feeling. Founder's Grove has never felt that way to me at least. It always seems cheery, welcoming and inviting.
I have a friend in town who once lived in the canopy of a giant old redwood tree doing activism work for 6 months. The stories he tells of that time are fascinating. While living in the tree, he once told me, there were places in the actual tree he was living in that he didn't feel comfortable going, and places that he believed held a little more spiritual power. Perhaps like spots on the human body. Anyhow, sometimes I feel like the Founder's Grove is one of those spots in Humboldt Redwoods State Park that holds a little more power. It's well worth the visit...
|Avenue of the Giants|
|300ft + trees|
|South Fork of the Eel River|
|Looking down into the Woman's Federation Grove|
Monday, April 20, 2015
|The forest calls|
Yesterday was a good, good day. I'm not sure if this is true or not, but it seemed to me that the adventure of a lifetime still awaits. Exploring the redwood forest is just as exhilarating as any thru hike I have ever done. It's a gift like no other...
Friday, April 17, 2015
Here's a couple of photos of the Eel River taken this week in HRSP. Starting to feel a sense of closure creep in on this particular life chapter as Appalachian Trail prep continues. I know life offers no guarantees on anything, so I'm trying to soak in as much redwood time as possible while I'm still here. It's a great time of year to be outside...
While photographing the tree, a woman I was standing next to was debating her friends. She was convinced that the Chandelier Tree was not a redwood. She kept saying that the tree did not look right. Well, it's definitely a redwood, and the tree sure has a unique look to it. Again, definitely worth paying a visit to see with your own eyes in my opinion.
Monday, April 13, 2015
I spent a great day ramblin' around Prairie Creek yesterday. Was very fortunate to be able to "bear witness" to a few more majestic groves that I've never been in before and see some special trees up close. Some of the trees could have been in the top 50 as far as cubic volume is concerned, perhaps not. It doesn't really matter too much to me these days. Stepping foot onto new ground seems to give me the biggest thrill in the redwood forest. Just a spectacular park...
Friday, April 10, 2015
|Moss and maples|
|We found this old chimney tree back in the forest|
|Looking up the chimney|
|Cedar tree (grayish green foliage)|
|My tarp Easter morning looking downstream|
|Moosie's tarp looking upstream|
|Moosie fording Redwood Creek|
|Just getting started...|