Big Sur Redwoods

Big Sur Redwoods

Redwood, also known as Coast Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens), grows in a very narrow strip along the coast of California from the extreme southwestern corner of Oregon to 150 miles south of San Francisco in the Soda Springs drainage of Big Sur. This area is about 500 miles long and rarely more than 20 or 30 miles wide in a region of frequent thick -summer fog, moderate year-round temperature, and considerable winter rainfall. Redwood does not grow naturally beyond the belt affected by this combination.

Redwood is a rapidly growing tree, and some individual trees have been measured at more than 360 feet in height, making it the tallest measured tree species on the earth. In favorable situations, trees 20 years old may average 50 feet in height and 8 inches in diameter. Average mature trees are from 200 to 240 feet high with diameters of 10 to 15 feet at 4 feet 8 inches above the ground.

Exceptional individuals sometimes reach a height of 350 feet, a diameter of over 20 feet, and an age of approximately 2000 years.

Redwood leaves are green, flat, and sharp-pointed. The brown cones are egg-shaped and only one-half inch in diameter. Their seeds average about 123,000 to a pound. The soft, reddish-brown bark, six to twelve inches thick, is one of the Coast redwood’s most distinguishing characteristic and, together with the wood, names the species.

On older trees the bark has a grayish tinge, and is deeply furrowed, giving the trees a fluted appearance.Although the thick bark of older trees is relatively fire resistant, repeated fires can damage these trees considerably. The large hollows or “goose-pens” frequently found in the base of large trees give evidence of this fact.

Fire also either seriously injures the young growth or kills it outright. However, redwood is exceptionally free from fungus diseases, and there are no insects which materially harm it. Human demand for lumber is responsible for most of the destruction of first growth Coast Redwood forests. Adjacent to the softball field at Pfeiffer-Big Sur State Park is one of Big Sur’s largest redwood trees. The size of this ancient tree, known locally as the “Pioneer Tree,” is deceiving – due to lightning strikes, this majestic specimen’s tophas been severed.


Monterey CA coastline

Monterey CA coastline

Breath taking drive…beautiful day…priceless

Highway One is the best-known scenic drive in Monterey County, and one of the top scenic drives in the world. It’s a National Scenic Byways Program All-American Road and a State Scenic Highway. It’s been named one of the best scenic drives in the U.S. by (among others) Forbes, ShermansTravel, Falcon Guides, SmarterTravel, GORP, and Lonely Planet, one of the world’s best drives by London’s Sunday Times, and a “Drive of a Lifetime” by National Geographic Traveler.

Highway One through Monterey County shows off a wide range of local geography. At Monterey County’s northern border, you’ll see the flat wetlands of Elkhorn Slough and the working fishing port of Moss Landing. As you head south, you’ll pass artichoke fields and rolling sand dunes on your way to Monterey. Head south of Monterey, and you’ll see cypress forests followed by the breathtaking craggy coastline of Carmel Highlands. Drive even further south and you’ll see the towering cliffs, beautiful redwoods and stunning bridges of Big Sur


Garrapata State Park beach

Garrapata State Park beach

The waves sets included some 10 footers today…

Garrapata Beach at Garrapata State Park is located along the northern Big Sur coastline about ten miles south of Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA. The waterfront of the park is four miles long, but the only sandy beach is at the south end. Garrapata Beach has two parking areas along the shoulder of Highway 1. Both offer the same type of access down steep dirt trails, but the southern route near the bridge over Garrapata Creek is wider, safer, and more direct. Areas of this half-mile long beach are clothing-optional at times especially at the north and south ends where secluded spots can be found. When the tide is not high you can access the small sandy cove at Garrapata Creek at the very south end. Swimming at Garrapata Beach is dangerous due to cold water and strong rip currents. The state park has many hiking trails in the inland areas and along the bluff near Soberanes Point.



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Meet the Florida Man Who Has Run Every Single Day for the Past 40 Years

Sam Johnston has a peculiar theory on running. “I always tell everyone that it cures everything,” says the 75-year-old Naples, Florida resident who has run every single day for the past 40 years. Sprained ankles, pneumonia and the flu are just a few of the ailments Johnston has conquered over the years without breaking stride.

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10 tips on ultra marathon running

The no-nonsense ultra runner gives it to us straight.

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Big Chico Creek Canyon

Big Chico Creek Canyon

the fall is a very beautiful time at Bidwell too…a lot dryer but still spectacular views to enjoy one your hike, bike or walk.


Big Chico Creek originates near Colby Mountain, located in Tehama County, California. The creek flows 46 miles (74 km) to its confluence with the Sacramento River in Butte County. The creek’s elevation ranges from 120 feet (37 m) above sea level at the Sacramento River to 5,000 feet (1,500 m) near Colby Mountain, as shown on the Ord Ferry USGS quadrangle.

A portion of Big Chico Creek flows through the city of Chico’s Bidwell Park and California State University, Chico.

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