Afternoon Hike

Work, X2Engine has been stressing me out lately. It’s been a long year designing and coding and in a few weeks we will finally ship the GA release. Andrew came down for the day last week and decided we needed to take a hike in a nearby Redwood forest. This time of year I really wasn’t up for it considering all the poison oak and ticks but after some persistence I was persuaded to take a break and head outside. I feel so very lucky to live so close to these magnificent giants. They are incredibly calming to walk under to just relax and think – and enjoy time.

 

Afternoon Hike

GranDad

Another rainy weekend, which is a good thing I guess as we can never have enough fresh water in Northern California. On Sunday we went for a hike in a nearby Redwood Forest. This tree, ‘the Daddy tree’ is special. It is one of the tallest in the Santa Cruz Mountains and is over 1000 years old. It is so big that loggers in the early 1900’s did not cut it down because it would take too long to cut into smaller pieces to ship up of San Francisco. As you can see Daddy is surrounded by 100 year old, much younger children. Daddy is a beautiful tree and I always feel great after spending a few moments in his presence.

GranDad

Mountain Charlie


Google Earth Image.

Mountain Charlie road in Santa Cruz is my favorite ride. It’s only about 14 miles round trip, but what it lacks in distance it makes up for in altitude, sharp twisty one lane roads and best of all some the largest Redwoods in county. My riding friend Tom Walsh and I try and ride it once or twice a week. We’ve had to switch to mountain bikes recently due to the cracked and potholed pavement. Our wrists just could not take the vibrations no matter how many layers of tape we added to our handlebars. Mountain bikes are slower, but for us old guys they are  a lot more comfortable.

Above are my stats from Friday’s ride. It was a rainy, foggy, but not too cold ride. We finished at the Big Tree. The picture below shows only half of this great trees’ width. It’s over 260 feet tall and over 1000 years old.
-john

Mountain Charlie

Crown remains

Starting in the 1860’s western homesteaders and industrialists in the Santa Cruz mountains cut down most of the giant Redwood trees. After the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, Redwoods that had stood for hundreds of years were used to rebuild the city.

I took this picture yesterday during a rainstorm on our forest property. I was standing in the center of a stump. It has been about a hundred years since this Redwood was cut down. After a tree is fallen, a ring of new trees emerge in a circle around the cut stump. All that remains of this once giant Redwood is it’s crown.
-john

Crown remains

Classic camper needs home

In January I spotted and I was lucky enough to purchase a 9+ acre redwood forest in the Santa Cruz mountains. It climbs almost 900 feet from top to bottom and is loaded with some of the most beautiful Redwood trees I have ever seen, close to a 100 of them. I’m not sure what I’m going to do with it, mostly just hold on to it, and watch the trees grow for the rest of my life…..possibly plant some olive trees on the top open space, we’ll see.

The previous owner had this old 1964 aluminum, shasta like camper on the top. It has a really nice wood interior and classic lines. It’s also really dirty. So dirty that I’m not interested in restoring it. I had a tractor tow it down the mountain. It was a mystery how it got up there. I’m giving it away to anyone that would like it. -john

Classic camper needs home