Sunday, May 17, 2009

Road Trip back to WA- The Redwoods!!!

big trees

huge snails


banana slug

sweet view of the pacific where we actually spotted whales!

patricks point state beach

patricks point

check that out!

banana slug

patricks point

patricks point

patricks point

the tall tree 359.3 ft tall!


patricks point

patricks point

i <3 the redwoods!

More NoFo

manzanita tree

a NoFo sunrise

Silverwood Lake, Hitch #4 in SoCal

Mt Baldie

volunteers retreading a section of trail

another view of mt. baldie

a very young yucca bloom.

Jalama County Beach

kite boarders were out in full force

this is what we saw as we drove into the park


a lovely sunset, we actually camped on the beach here! it was amazing.

one more view of the beautiful beach.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Walker Pass front country spike

Thomas looking like a bad ass.

A timber retaining wall utilizing deadmen, cribbing and chainsaw notching.

view #1

view #2

Timber check steps put in to rid the trail of cupping formed by water eroding the trail.

beautiful j-tree

view from my tent. we spiked out at a dicommissioned BLM campground which left us with plenty of room to sprawl out from eachothers tents.

who knew boys could cook?
luke, wayne, baxter, and dan

and the lovely ladies
gwen, amy, marguerite and me

view from camp

McGrath State days

A chilly sunset wine and cheese picnic on the beach.

from left: Amy, Wayne, Gwen, Thomas, me

Wayne on a driftwood structure.

Amy ready to go exploring

Believe it or not Wayne and Gwen are actually standing in this hole. Everyone took a turn digging and the kids came in flocks to help fill in the sand.

Mission Creek our 8 day backcountry spike

Our volunteer pack train. I think there was something like 11 animals- horses, mules and three people. We hiked in about 6 miles to Mission Creek and the pack train took most of our food, tools and group gear! We only had to hike in our personal gear which saved our backs.

A view of the canyon. It was beautiful and Mission Creek ran through it, which provided a nice cool down after working in the desert sun all day.

One of the big projects for the spike, a rock wall probably 30-40 feet long. Some of these boulders were 3 feet by 3 feet! Don't worry we use tools for moving these massive things (work smarter not harder is the motto)

The canyon had been burned and flooded a few years ago. This is a cottonwood left standing.

Volunteer horse packers!