Monthly Archives: June 2011

Dome Room Crystal Cave Sequoia National Park

The Dome Room at Crystal Cave in Sequoia National Park (CA) is one of the larger cave rooms with a number of interesting (and beautiful) cave formations. The Dome Room is named after a large cave formation which resembles the capital building dome.

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Rock and Ice Avalanches at Mount Rainier National Park

There have been several spectacular ice and rock avalanches at Nisqually Glacier in Mount Rainier National Park (WA) this past week. Some have been caught on video. While nature is beautiful, it’s always important to remember that she also is quite powerful so it’s always important to put safety first when exploring:

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Living Tree Stump: Rogue River Gorge

One of the things I enjoy most about stopping and wandering in new areas I know little about are the unexpected finds. While returning from Crater Lake National Park (OR), I stopped to see the Rogue River Gorge (part of Rogue River – Siskiyou National Forest) to find a living tree stump: So, how does a tree stump heal itself and survive after the tree has been cut down? An informational sign explains: The Living Stump Here on the flat … Continue reading

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Plastic Bottle Art Point Reyes National Seashore

When you drive up to the main visitor center (Bear Valley Visitor Center) at Point Reyes National Seashore (CA), the first thing that will catch you eye is five large bottles, which are themselves filled with plastic bottles, sitting in a field: These are part of an art project created by Richard James which he hopes nobody will enjoy. He created the plastic bottle art from the large amounts of trash that he has collected on the shores of Point … Continue reading

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Summer at Crater Lake National Park

I made my first visit to Crater Lake National Park (OR) earlier this year and was greeted with a lot of snow. I thought that another trip on the first day of summer would be a fun idea and quickly discovered that there is still a lot of snow up there with virtually all hiking paths still closed due to snow. Still, that didn’t stop me from taking some beautiful photos: More Photos of Crater Lake I also shot a … Continue reading

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Cave Shields Crystal Cave Sequoia National Park

On of the many unique (and rare) cave formations found in Crystal Cave in Sequoia National Park (CA) are cave shields. This one has draperies beginning to form as they flow over the cave shield:

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Stout Grove Redwood National Park

For anyone that is in the Crescent City, CA area, a visit to Stout Grove is well worth the time and effort. This 1/3 mile loop in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park (CA — part of Redwood National Park) is a wonderful walk under 300 foot redwoods with lush ferns covering the ground which will take your breath away as you look toward the sky to see if you can see the tops. More Photos from Stout Grove hike A … Continue reading

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Organ Room Crystal Cave Sequoia National Park

One of many spectacular formations within Crystal Cave in Sequoia National Park (CA) is the Organ Room. This is a huge cave formation that, when viewed in its entirety, resembles the giant church organs of years gone by. The Organ Room also gives a good lesson on the effect which people have over time in caves. In the below photo you can see that the cave formation is bright white on the right side and a muddy gray on the … Continue reading

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Dry Lagoon Humboldt Lagoons State Park California

If you are into large driftwood scenery or photography, Dry Lagoon beach in Humboldt State Park (CA) is a place you want to check out. Located off of highway 101 between Trindad and Orick, there is a one lane road that leads down to a beach parking lot. While most people probably head straight for the waves, it’s the area deeper in that caught my eye. Between a lagoon filled with reeds and the sandy-pebble beach is a a wide … Continue reading

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Fern Canyon Redwood National Park

If you like the idea of exploring areas that seem like lost worlds, you will truly enjoy Fern Canyon in Prairie Creek Redwoods state park (CA) which is part of Redwood National Park. While you definitely should take some time to enjoy Gold Bluffs Beach (since many will ignore it), that doesn’t mean that you want to miss Fern Canyon which is about another 2 miles down the road. An informational sign at the trailhead next to the parking lot … Continue reading

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