As it turns out, I am lyme free thank God. I feel like I dodged a bullet, especially since I have no health insurance. The County of Sonoma Department of Health Services offers an excellent service for tick bite victims. They test the tick in question for lyme disease for only $29.00, and send a laboratory report to your residence. Here is their phone number and address for more information:
County of Sonoma Department of Health Services
3313 Chanate Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95404-1795
Saturday, April 28, 2012
I think it's safe to say that I will not be attempting the CDT this year. I had to stay 100% focused in order to make it happen, and I definitely got distracted. It's for the better as far as I am concerned, I discovered the joy of the redwoods in the process. I gives me one more year to explore the area I currently call home, as well as save another year's worth of money. Also it gives me another year to long for the trail. There are pros and cons for sure. I do feel like I am losing my edge, and another year of comfort may really make me soft. So, for now, I am setting my sights on a 2013 attempt. 2013 just feels right as long as the world doesn't end.
Sunday, April 22, 2012
I found a couple of rare 50 foot cbh trees. The tree above is actually a double tree. As you can see, the tree splits about 20 feet up. It's a massive wall of wood regardless. Throughout the morning, I heard the birds that sound like a whistle at a sporting event. I'm not sure what they are.
One of the coolest moments for me was walking up to a notch that was probably 3/5 of the way up the tree. The notch still had a large chunk of soil attached to it, with mosses and ferns growing out of it. From the ground, you can see these notches and gardens growing on the standing trees. Only a handful of tree climbing scientists get to examine the contents. I peeled off a chunk of the soil that probably took decades if not centuries to accumulate on the notch, and pretended to be a scientist.
In fact, there was a branch that had been ripped off lying behind the tree on Saturday. Perhaps someone had an uneasy conscience and decided to put it back after breaking it off the tree. Perhaps some parent scolded their child after tearing off a branch. Maybe it simply fell off, but it didn't look like it. Please, if you come across these wonderful specimens, "take only photos, leave only footprints."
Friday, April 20, 2012
Monday, April 16, 2012
Saturday, April 14, 2012
I was fortunate to have the morning off from work yesterday, and didn't have to be at the coast until the afternoon. I decided to head up to Montgomery Woods for the morning, the day after another major rain event. The alluvial plane was filled with water, and I'd imagine the trees were loving it.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Monday, April 9, 2012
I drove to Mailliard Redwood State Natural Reserve again on Saturday to explore the hills for interesting trees. The day resulted in another steep bushwhack to the ridge line of one of the mountains in the area. Near the top of the mountain was this rather large Pacific Madrone tree.
As always, the climate is much drier higher up the mountain. After spending an hour or so looking around, I came back down the mountain and drove to a different spot. I parked my car near the area where I saw the wild black pig a couple weeks ago. When I got out of my car, I noticed a black severed pigs ear lying on the ground about ten feet in front of my car. When I looked into the woods, I saw the rest of the remains lying in a pile in the underbrush. I wonder if it was the same pig? Anyhow, after entering the forest, there was trash everywhere. A dozen or so black trash bags thrown into the forest, with their contents strewn about. I wonder if the pig had been raiding the garbage cans of the locals in the area?
Saturday, April 7, 2012
Thursday, April 5, 2012
It was worth checking out, and after climbing the hill, I was in absolute awe. It was one of the most beautiful redwoods my eyes have ever seen. Perhaps due to spending the afternoon looking at smaller second generation trees made this one hit me the way it did. It was totally unexpected, and had one of the most interesting crowns. There were enormous branches, and several gigantic limbs protruding from the main trunk. I mean GIGANTIC limbs. I wish I could climb this tree and see what's up there. After driving this road probably close to a hundred times in the last year and three months, I never have seen this tree from my car, despite constantly scanning the hillsides. Maybe it's not visible from the car. It may be the grandest tree in the area for all I know. I felt truly blessed to experience for a moment what this area actually did once look like.