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Happy Roadside Holidays

December 24, 2010 by Megan | 6 Comments

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays from Far Out Flora…Northern California Style!  The Northern Roadtrip to Northern CA was a success.  Here’s a taste of the roadside sweet finds such as this creepy santa tree just north of the Sea Ranch Chapel.

Bouy House

Buoy House - somewhere along Coastal Hwy 1

Druid Cemetery - Coffey's Cove

Druid Cemetery - Cuffey's Cove

We made a stop at Cuffey’s Cove, a circa 1850′s local settlement near Elk CA.  Not much remains except the cemetery.  Here’s one of the entry gates. Druid section in the graveyard? Awesome.

Drive Thru Tree - Leggett CA

Drive Thru Tree - Leggett CA

The Drive Thru Tree is about 2000 years old found in Leggett CA.  Not certain when they decided it was a good idea to saw a big hole through it…but have to say…sorta cool.

Elk Meadow, Orick CA

Elk Meadow - Orick CA

Who knew that you could see a ton of elk just lying around near the road just  outside of Orick CA. Here’s a funny one.  As we made our approach to Elk Meadow, the car ahead was literally getting charge by one of the elk.  Hum.  Somehow, we still felt safe…and a good idea to get out of the car to take a closer look.  Ahh…the magic of a roadside attraction and its ability to make you toss all good judgment out the window.

Elk, elk, and more elk.

Elk, elk, and more elk.

Redwood Trails

Redwood Trails

Chainsaw sculptures fill the wayside at Redwood Trails outside of Trinidad CA.  Check out that mega Agave (Agave americana var. marginata)!

Giant Man Walkin'

Giant Man Walkin'

Seems like every mile, you can see some outsider-esque chainsawed art.  This guy was found along the Ave of the Giants.

Corn...Giant Corn.

Corn...Giant Corn.

Also along old Hwy 1, we found the Big Corn Monument near Pepperwood CA.  Corny huh?

So Matti, Megan, and Max are now headed to Southern California.  We hear there’s a bunch of unusual plants and gardens down there.  Stay tune.

– Far Out Flora

Trees of Mystery

December 22, 2010 by Megan | 7 Comments

Paul Bunyon, Babe, and Megan.

Paul Bunyan, Babe, and Megan.

We left Eureka and headed north to Klamath CA…where you can find tons of Coast Redwood trees (Sequoia sempervirens)…and a giant Paul Bunyan with Babe.  Welcome to one of our fave roadside attractions, Trees of Mystery.  Megan is standing next to the anatomically correct Blue Ox to give you some sense of scale.  BTW, Paul Bunyan is 49 feet tall.

We said...LISTEN!

We said...LISTEN!

As you enter, you’re enticed to press all sort of buttons to listen to stories, ehem…lectures, about Paul Bunyan.

Candelabra tree.

Candelabra tree.

This fallen redwood is pretty cool.  Just to the right of the sign, you can see three new redwood trees growing up from this fallen tree over the trail.  Basically, the tree fell over which caused it stress.  This triggered the burls in the bark to start growing a new tree.  Presto…the tree survives.

Cathedral Tree.

Cathedral Tree.

The Cathedral Tree is another example how tenacious the redwood can be.  There once was a redwood that fell over.  New growth sprouted from the root base and burls.  A bunch of these new trees grew together in a circle, a total of 9 above, and the parent tree (the one that fell in the middle) has since rotted away.  They estimate that these 9 tree that make up the Cathedral are about 800 years old.

Skytrail Lift.

Skytrail Lift.

There’s even an aerial lift that will take you from the bottom of the trail up to the top of the hill.  Even on a rainy day, it makes for some great views.

Chainsaw sculptures.

Chainsaw sculptures.

There are a lot of chain-sawed sculptures all over the place.  Here’s 3 of about 20 that were depicting the story of Paul Bunyan.  Each of these guys are made from a solid piece of redwood (ahhh…back when it was cool to cut down big trees?).

Pooped Logger (and hiker).

Pooped Logger (and hiker).

Kenyon Kaiser chainsawed this sculpture called the Pooped Logger.  Nice spot to stretch out the legs.

Signs, signs...and more signs....

Signs, signs...and more signs....

So is has this been a problem in the past?

The Lady Bird Johnson Grove.

The Lady Bird Johnson Grove (see Matti in red?)

Before hitting the Trees of Mystery, early morning we stopped by the Lady Bird Johnson Grove.  We heard it’s pretty cool, and was not disappointed.  It’s hard to decide who has the bigger stand of Coast Redwoods…this place or the Ave of the Giants.  Take a peak above.  Can you spot Matti in the red jacket?

Ladybird Johnson Grove.

Ladybird Johnson Grove.

By car, Ave of Giants has it.  But by foot, Ladybird Johnson Grove takes the cake.  Our trip ended, and Megan won our ‘who could find gnarliest Redwood tree’ contest.

Far Out Flora

December 19, 2010
by Megan
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Eureka!

We made it to Eureka, cute little historical town.  All the houses look like the one above.  Okay, not really…but Carson Mansion is dubbed as the most photographed Victorian House in America. Believe it or not Folk Artist Romano Gabriel … Continue reading