“Consider the lilies…” (April 2017)

“Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.”  ~ Luke 12:27

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Oregon Coast Redwoods 10-Oct-2016

Oregon Coast Redwoods

This weather forecast was calling for rain by the end of the week, with up to 10 inches in 24 hours predicted for places on the Southern Oregon Coast (a forecast that has since been upgraded to “…more than the typical rainfall for the entire month of October, and for the Medford airport, could be the wettest 5 day period in October since 1962…” {the year of the infamous Columbus Day Storm}).  With this ominous prognostication in mind, we decided to make a run for the coast and do a couple of short, but unique, hikes that had been on the edge of our to do list for awhile.

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Fern Canyon (Prairie Creek Redwoods SP) 30-Sep-2015

Fern Canyon Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park California

For a change of pace, we decided to do a couple of hikes in the state and federal redwood parks in Northern California. Timing-wise, now is sort of a sweet spot between the crowded summer tourist season and the onset (hopefully) of the rainy season. After a night in Crescent City, California, we drove down to Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park for a hike through the Murrelet State Wilderness to Gold Bluffs Beach via Fern Canyon. Our plan was an out-and-back on the James Irvine Trail from park headquarters but this would become a loop as we discovered trails not shown on the CalTopo maps. This is part of Hike #100 in Sullivan’s Oregon Coast & Coast Range hiking and travel guide (Third Edition, 2014), but we did a much longer loop than he describes. We drove the Drury Parkway to the trailhead at the park’s visitor center. From there, we crossed the creek,

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