Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Tall Trees


For our last day in Northern California we ventured into Tall Trees Grove. Tall Trees Grove is best known as the location of the Libbey Tree, which at one time was the world's tallest known living thing.


Taller trees have since been found, but they are kept secret making the Libbey Tree special because it is one of the tallest trees that you can see. I didn't know that the Libbey Tree was in the Tall Trees Grove at the time, but apparently it doesn't look massive from the ground because it's trunk isn't super big.


To access the Tall Trees Grove you have to first get a permit by the State Park because they only allow a certain number of visitors per day. This added to the experience as we saw less people and were for the most part on our own.


It's hard to photograph these trees and actually give their height justice and it's even more difficult to imagine how big these trees are unless you are standing amongst them.


Aside from the trees, the five foot tall ferns surrounding them add to the brilliance. In the darker parts of the forest, the moss covers everything and trees are growing everywhere. It's quiet and mysterious.


Every once in a while you come across brightly colored flowers that stand out in the dense and never ending green environment.


Or the less colorful mushrooms with a beautiful wood look to them.


Although we failed to find Big Foot in the Tall Trees Grove, we did find this little corn snake (at least that's what I think it is) down by the river. This hike was a perfect way to end out trip in Humboldt. The next morning we packed up and hit 101 down the coast into Fort Brag where we camped out before coming home to Tahoe where sunny weather awaited us!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Fern Canyon


Following our never ending search of the mysterious dreamcatchers in the trees, Al, Danny, and I decided to check out Fern Canyon. Al informed us that Steven Speilberg chose this location to film Jurrasic Park 2 and I decided that if Avatar were real, Fern Canyon might be somewhere in Pandora.


Throughout the whole hike, Al would say, "just around the corner, it's about to get really cool." This quickly became the theme of our hike and every corner I was anxious to see what Al had in store for us.


I couldn't help, but stop every time I saw something that I wanted to take a photo of. Despite being incredibly hard to photograph, the redwoods have some amazing surroundings and are considered to be temperate rain forests.


As we all looked forward to making it to Fern Canyon, I kept my eyes peeled for Big Foot. If he exists, Northern California certainly seems like the perfect place for him to live.


The temperature was cool and moist. Dew collected on everything and every inch of the ground, trees, and forest floor was covered in green. I almost expected to hear tropical birds singing and monkeys playing in the trees, but for the most part it was quiet except for us.


Occasionally we would stumble across some elk tracks and large packs of centipedes dancing in the damp earth below our feet. You couldn't help, but step on them at times because they were everywhere.


Once we realized what time it was we put away the cameras and started to move quickly to reach our final destination...Fern Canyon.


The trail lowered into the canyon with 50-80 foot walls on either side with a modest creek running through. It's crazy to think that over time this small little creek created this canyon. Walking through the ferns you could hear tiny water falls all over and the soft dripping sound of water finding it's way through the leaves into the creak.


Pictures don't to Fern Canyon justice, but being there was special. It was magical and much brighter than the forest trail we took to get here. As time was running out, after spending some time in the canyon, we packed up and headed back another 5 miles to our car in perfect time to watch the sunset over the ocean.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Redwoods Day 2


After checking out the beaches around Humboldt, Al gave us a quick tour of the town. We went to the local farmers market and then went hunted for the dream catchers in the trees.


The dreamcatchers are woven between redwoods with climbing rope. They are out of sight from the ground looking up, but if you know where they are you can climb the trees and hang out high above the ground. Unfortunately we couldn't find them, but we did find these random ghosts in the forest.


And we spotted many banana slugs slugging around.


The most impressive part of our brief encounter with the forests that day, were the redwoods, however. They are massive, daunting, and humbling. They have been here much longer than we have. It was Danny's first time seeing them and we were both walking around in awe of these giant trees. This was just a taste of what was to come.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Northern Cali


After a few hours drive from Shasta Lake, Danny and I arrived in Humboldt. We were pretty tired from camping, but our amazing host, Al, was eager to show us around. He took us to a place called Sharps Point with amazing panoramic views.


We walked along the beach for a while then hiked up this hill filled with lupin and other wild flowers.


The change in climate from Shasta to Humboldt was hot and dry to chilly and wet. Pretty much anything grows in Humboldt and the environment thrives. I loved how lush and green it was.


From the top of the point you could see the surrounding redwood forest. From far away the redwoods don't seem to be nearly as big as they are once you're standing next to them. Of the 137 known trees over 350 feet tall, 100 of them are in the Humboldt Redwoods State Park.


Sharps Point was a perfect start to our Northern California experience. Little did we know what tour guide Al had in store for us from Big Foot stories (which I am now convinced Big Foot exists) to the daunting redwoods...the next few days were amazing.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Shasta Lake


While the Tahoe weather was still flirting with winter, a group of friends and I decided to head up to Shasta a couple of weeks ago to get some sun. You can see snow covered Mt. Shasta in the photo above.


We camped out for a couple of nights and enjoyed a mini vacation from Tahoe. It's tough to consider Shasta a vacation because, living in Tahoe, it's hard not to feel like life is a vacation.


The pontoon boat was a fun addition to a day on the lake. Shasta has so many hidden coves worth exploring. Here's our self timer pose that almost got us eight tickets for being on the front of the boat with the engine running.


Ian didn't catch this fish, but Nick did with his hands. Ian was stoked to fillet it up for the BBQ on the boat. It was a tasty treat and I've never seen anyone catch a fish with their bare hands!


You can barely see the pontoon boat at the end of the river, but that's where we anchored up for a while to enjoy the semi cold water.


Fun times in Shasta were had. It's hard to go wrong kicking off summer with camping and boating.


Here is Danny's smore creation that I suggest you all try next time you're camping or around a fire. Marshmallow, gram cracker, and a reeses peanut butter cup...so good! Most of the crew headed back to Tahoe, but Danny and I continued on the the Redwoods where we had an absolutely amazing time...pics to come. Hope you are all enjoying the sun!!

Monday, June 20, 2011

D.L. Bliss Marks 5 Months


In celebration of the five month mark since Danny's injury we headed over to D.L. Bliss for a mellow hike by the lake. We also made the video posted below which pretty much sums up our day, but I thought I would share some photos as well. Enjoy.





Thursday, June 16, 2011

Sticker Pack



Danny's recovery has been exceeding expectations. He's started his own business called Sticker Pack. If you need any type of sticker head to www.stickerpack.com to get a quote.

Sticker Pack's most recent order by TahoeMade Attire is below. Check it out!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Danny's 5 Month Recovery Video


It's been 5 month's since Danny's injury (www.dannyisthebomb.com) and he's been doing better than any of us could have expected. We went for a hike in Rubicon the other day to celebrate his 5 month mark and made this mini edit. Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Reminiscing


I've posted this video before, but I haven't watched it in a while. This was an edit that Shreddy Times made and I filmed from the last day in November of 2010. That's how the season started in Tahoe, lot's of snow. The snow continued to fall all year and I'm looking out my window right now to more snow flurries. Thought I would share this edit again as it made me stoked thinking about all the amazing days of skiing I had this year. Hope you enjoy!