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More Redwoods

At his Two Heel Drive blog, Tom Mangan points out a redwood grove that I did not know about. It is located at the Mount Madonna county park on the ridge between Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties.

April 14, 2009 Posted by | Commentary | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on More Redwoods

Boy Scouts, Nature, and the American Way

From an article in SFGate:

The last large stand of woods in a Seattle suburb. A scenic canyon just outside of Los Angeles. Rangelands deep in the heart of Texas…. All are set to be felled, filled and bulldozed so that stately homes, a reservoir and perhaps even a hydroelectric plant may one day rise in their place.

Aside from their now unspoiled, ecologically sensitive settings, the lands share a common bond: The Boy Scouts of America sold them for development.

Sigh…

January 31, 2009 Posted by | Commentary, Environment | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Big Basin Quick Hike Today

This afternoon I headed over to Big Basin for a few hours of hiking and photography. (This evening it occurred to me that I’m, well, lucky to be able to drive a bit more than an hour and hike among coastal redwoods.) I arrived at the park in the early afternoon to find that a) it was quite crowded, and b) it was quite cold. Although the rest of the Bay Area is experiencing unusual (and record) warmth, in the bottom of the “basin” it was cold enough that gloves and a hat were called for.

I parked and headed up the trail through the “creeping forest,” where I stopped a few times to photograph various sights in the forest. After hiking in the outbound direction for about an hour and a half, I reversed course and headed back to the trailhead and then home.

January 17, 2009 Posted by | Commentary, Places, Trails | , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Big Basin Quick Hike Today

   

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