Coastal Research & Weeding
Over Memorial Weekend, we stayed in Yachats at the family house. We spent a large majority of the weekend working on yard chores, but we did take a good break Sunday for a little forest research.
Cape Perpetua is situated a few miles south of Yachats along Hwy 101. There are numerous trails and a great visitor center open year round. We chose a short trail out to the Giant Sitka Spruce. We encountered numerous dogs and people but Moby coped extremely well. I think there were so many other distractions, he wasn’t concerned with what was passing by. Below are a couple of shots of the Giant Spruce.
This particular tree happens to be around 550 years old. It started life growing on top of another dead tree (nurse log). It had reached a height of 225 feet when, in 1962, a huge windstorm blew off about 35 feet. It still remains an impressive tree!
The one thing I can say about our forests is that every square inch is covered by something. Fungi to mosses to woody shrubs to trees. Life is in constant renewal.
More trees growing over stumps or logs. Eventually they might even reach the same size and girth as the Heritage tree. Wood Sorrel, ferns, moss, liverworts, lichens, huckleberry, salmon berry, thimble berry, salal…. the list goes on and on for plants. Below are images of the wild Lily of the Valley, Wood Sorrel, and Deer Fern.
After negotiating the trails, we headed north to Newport for lunch out on the dock. Dave had to replace a cable on an oceanographic instruments moored off a boat in the Yaquina estuary (part of his job). Moby had a series of learning experiences: ropes tied to the dock are not out to kill him, jumping on/off a boat that shifts position is a serious challenge! (All I could think of was “Mind the Gap” one hears in the London Tube) He managed all that plus waiting patiently with me while Dave purchased crab. The shop was situated along the waterfront in old town where scores of people walked by. Pretty stressful for him, but he did an excellent job. We’ll have to practice that more on a different trip.
Now I get to sit back and try to figure out what to glean from the forest trip. So many ideas….