Ventana Wilderness: Part 2

We spent the evening admiring the aerial acrobatics of a healthy bat population and then enjoying the starfield in this remote area.  In the morning we noted that our camp at the head of the Tan Oak Creek drainage was at the eastern edge of a recent fire.  The burned trees were still standing, usually … Read more

Ventana Wilderness: Part 1

This last week I and my son struck out on a four day backpack trip to Ventana Wilderness in Monterey County.  Here are a few notes on the plants we encountered in this rich area. We started at Arroyo Seco, just west of Greenfield in the Salinas Valley.  The Arroyo Seco river is the largest … Read more