Park Wavelengths - July 2011
Thursday, July 7, 2011
The full moon of Friday, July 15—in Chinese tradition, the Hungry Ghost Moon, when ancestors return to earth to visit and feast—brings early morning low tides:
Late rains have kept the wildflower season going longer. Golden orange Sticky Monkey Flowers brighten Point Reyes Petaluma Road. The first fruits—lipstick red Thimbleberries—are ripening along Bear Valley Trail in the shaded areas. The rainy season also affected the northern section of the Coast Trail, which is still under water a mile south of the trailhead gate near the Hostel, as of last week. The creek has not lowered and feet will get wet!
Travelers into the area on weekends may wish to take alternative routes such as the Point Reyes-Petaluma Road or Nicasio Road. Delays of 30 to 45 minutes over the holiday weekend were reported at the stop sign on Sir Francis Drake Highway east of Olema where the road slid away last March.
The 31st annual Big Time Festival, celebrating Miwok and Pomo California skills, will occur on Saturday, July 16, with dancers and music, artists and children's activities. Bring a picnic and enjoy this free event from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Kule Loklo, the Coast Miwok Exhibit at Point Reyes.
The two new artist displays at the Bear Valley Visitor Center are Molly Brown's carefully drawn insects, as well as Vickisa Feinberg's local wildlife—red legged frogs, bobcats, and tree frogs!
Did You Know?
Elephant seals (Mirounga angustirostris) regularly plunge to depths of 2000 feet to find food, but even far below the ocean's surface they are affected by warming temperatures and melting Antarctic ice. More...