Late Summer Adventures Part 1 – Redwoods and Beaches (18-38)

We were looking forward to a long planned trip to Crater Lake and Mt Lassen, but with  forest fires and smoke in those areas, we rescheduled to Brookings and Sisters, keeping one of our Ashland days in the mix.

Ashland, Oregon  9/8/2018

It was smoky/hazy when we arrived in Ashland. We walked around downtown, including a stop at Websters, the yarn store, and a walk through Lithia Park. We had an early dinner at one of the restaurants along Lithia Creek, then saw the play ‘Snow In Midsummer’ at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. The story was a modernized Chinese tale about a woman who had been wronged and was seeking justice. Very well done and thought provoking regarding harm that descends through generations.

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The pond in Lithia Park, Ashland, Oregon

Darlingtonia, Redwoods and Whaleshead Beach   9/9/2018

The way to the southern Oregon Coast is through the redwood forests of Northern California. We stopped at Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, first at the botanical trail where we viewed the Darlingtonia bog:

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Darlingtonia are carnivorous pitcher plants – they eat insects. This bog is one of the rare preserves for these plants.

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Next we took a short hike (#47) through Stout Grove along the middle fork of the Smith River.

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Then we drove north on Hwy 101 back into Oregon to our lodgings near Whales Head Beach. After dinner we took a long walk on the beach as the tide ebbed.

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Whalehead Island from the beach

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View south

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Ebb tide sand patterns

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Wind ripples

Boy Scout Tree Redwood Trail and Point St George, CA  9/10/2018

We saw a rainbow at Rainbow Rock while driving south this morning:

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Rainbow over Rainbow Rock

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Zoom in view of Rainbow Rock folds

We drove south into Jedediah Smith State Park again to hike the Boy Scout Tree Trail (#48). The forest is lined with oxalis and fern and it is awe inspiring to walk among these very tall, old beautiful trees.

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Dwarfed by trees

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The Boy Scout Tree

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Late Oxalis bloom

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The undersides of the oxalis leaves are this beautiful red violet color.

After our hike, we drove to the coast just north of Crescent City, to Point St George, where the tide was receding and we had a chance to explore the tide pools.

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Redwood flotsam

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sea anemones

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clam, anemones

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snails

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snail trails

Boardman Corridor Beaches  9/11/2018

We spent the day exploring the Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor, a series of viewpoints, short trails and beaches along the southern Oregon coast north of Brookings.

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Arch Rock

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Natural Bridges

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Whalehead Island

We took a longer hike at Cape Ferrelo (#49),

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and another low tide beach walk at sunset at Lone Ranch Beach.

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Knitting

I made progress on the back panel of the Ivy Lace Cardigan while traveling:

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