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?
Historically, the Humboldt squid were seldom found further north than Baja California. The squid then came north en masse during the 1997/98 El Nino and have maintained a fairly regular presence in the waters off of northern and central California--including Point Reyes--ever since. More...