Northern California Tour - 2016
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俠士達雪峰 平地拔起,孤峰獨秀,高聳入雲 ,壯麗和雄偉,峰頂在飄渺不定的雲濤中

Stunning view of majestic Mt. Shasta in northern California as viewed from the Rest Area and Vista Point (at
Mile Marker 753) of Interstate Highway 5 (I-5) at the small Weed Airport in the town of Weed. It is so
beautiful. We were driving from southern Oregon into northern California on I-5 on June 10, 2016.

Click here for interactive Google Map showing location of Weed Airport and the Weed Rest Area on I-5
高峰上, 風起雲湧,雲霧的飛來飄去,一瞬間就變化。

Zoom in even more for closer view of the peak of Mt. Shasta above the cloud. (My compact super-zoom
camera has 65X optical zoom.)

Three pictures of me (Sing Lin) with the giant redwood trees.

“Time, time as we dissect it in days and hours and minutes loses all meaning in a setting such as this,” wrote
Philip Hyde and François Leydet in the Sierra Club’s “Last Redwoods,” excerpted in the Tall Trees Trail Guide
available at the start of the hike. “... Here are trees that have already stood for a millennium or two — and still
their lives will outlast yours a thousand years.”
Looking up and up on the tall redwood trees. It is amazing to gaze at these wonders. The trees are
so towering that it strains your neck to peer up at their tops, and only if you sit among them for a
while, listening to the high-up branches blow and squeak in the breeze, can you truly begin to take in
their immensity. I cannot wait to come back and explore these redwood parks in more depth.

I used the movie mode of my camera to scan the giant tall redwood tree vertically as shown on the
following YouTube website:


Breathtaking views with many off shore islands and stacks as viewed from one of several Vista Points along N
Pebble Beach Drive plus S Pebble Beach Drive between W Washington Blvd and Freeman St along the west
shore of Crescent City, California. The rocky coastline here is hands down one of the most spectacular
convergences of ocean and land in the world
More off shore islands and stacks along the stretch of dramatic rocky coastline as viewed from one of several
Vista Points along N Pebble Beach Drive Plus S Pebble Beach Drive between W Washington Blvd and
Freeman St along the west shore of Crescent City, California.

I used the movie mode of my camera to scan this spectacular coast line as shown on YouTube website at:

An osprey (fish hawk) shows up in this beautiful shore line. It is looking down into the water for fish to catch.
雲霧繚繞,藏首雲霧中, 讓山峰披上了面紗,換上另一種風情。

Zoom in a little bit for a closer view of the fantastic Mt. Shasta. Clouds wrap themselves around the towering
Mt Shasta. At the peak elevation of 14,179 feet, it is the second tallest volcanic peak in the Cascade Range
and a stunning stand-alone stratovolcano dominating the northern California landscape.
雲來山更佳, 有頂天立地之勢,白雪覆蓋的山頭,裸露出若隱若現的岩壁。

Zoom in some more for closer view of Mt. Shasta. Notice that the peak with snow cover is above the cloud.
The Weed Rest Area is about 14 miles northwest of Mt. Shasta.
The entrance to the Weed Rest Area of I-5. There are many gulls in this Rest Area probably attracted by the
left-over foods of visitors at this Rest Area.
The mighty Mt. Shasta is also visible on I-5 South Bound near Yreka which is about 45 miles northwest of Mt.
Shasta. It is visible over several miles on I-5 in that area near Yreka.
巨大红木遮天蓋地, 參天的紅木森林充滿靈氣,讓您不由感歎造物的神奇!

On June 7, 2016, we drove north on Highway 101 from San Francisco Bay area into heavy forests of giant
redwoods in northwest California.  We were driving mostly beneath the canopy of massive branches of giant
redwood trees.

What an amazing sight these trees are!!! The forest is breathtakingly beautiful.  Notice the size of these giant
redwood trees relative to the size of a typical car.
最美的原始大森林,名滿全球的巨人神木大道,林中漫步,穿行在紅木樹林裡, 宛如徜徉
在童話世界裡, 原始古木參天, 綠蔭濃密,樹林裡清新、醉人的空氣。

A picture of me walking amongst the thousand year old giant redwood trees. Absolutely beautiful!
Walking among the giants is awe inspiring. The tallest and oldest trees in the world are in the
Redwood National Park and State Parks. This is exactly the type of hike I was looking for when I said
that I wanted to see the Redwood Forest. Wandering through the forest of giant redwood trees was
easily one of the highlights of our trip. The sight is like being in an outdoor cathedral with the trees as
the pillars.  The play of the light on the trees, branches, and the ground is like stained glass.  

This is by far one of the most beautiful places on the west coast! It reminds me of the "Star War
movie - Return of the Jedi" in such forest of giant redwoods. Worth the trip!

We drove through Redwood National Park and its surrounding state parks in California’s mystical
redwood coast, including: (1) 32-mile Avenue-of-the-Giants in Humboldt Redwood State Park, (2)
Highway 101 and Newton B Drury Scenic Parkway which passes through the heart of the old-growth
redwood forest in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, (3) Highway 101 which passes through Del
Norte Redwood state Park, and (4) Highway 199 which passes through Jededah Smith Redwood State
Park which is California’s northernmost redwood park.

These roads through the heart of the giant redwoods truly is worth driving from end to end!! So many
places to stop and enjoy. With numerous roadside pull-out parking lots at many trailheads, we
enjoyed hiking deep into the old-growth redwood forests.

Avenue of the Giants features three trees in Northern California that visitors can drive through. The
southernmost of these trees, Chandelier Tree, is located in Drive-Thru Tree Park in the town of
Leggett. Shrine Drive-Thru Tree is near the town of Myers Flat and Klamath Tour Thru Tree, the
northernmost of the three trees, is located in the town of Klamath, California. Each tree is privately
owned and charges $5 or more to drive through.
While driving on Newton B Drury Scenic Parkway, we saw several elks (麋鹿) grazing in open, grassy land
near the Elk Prairie Campground .

Bulls shed and grow a new set of antlers every year. In June, the new half-grown antlers are still covered in
fuzzy skin called velvet.
Stunning coastal views of the Castle Rock National Wildlife Refuge, 0.5 mile off shore island, as viewed from
several Vista Points along N Pebble Beach Drive and S Pebble Beach Drive between W Washington Blvd and
Freeman St along the west shore of northern part of Crescent City, California.
There is a large green grass area on the 14-acre Castle Rock.

We arrived at the Castle Rock National Wildlife Refuge at about the sunset time on the cloudy day of June 8.
So we came back again on the following sunny day of June 9 at about noon time for better views and taking
better pictures.
I used the 65X optical zoom of my compact super-zoom camera to zoom in on the Castle Rock and I saw
many seabirds on the Castle Rock National Wildlife Refuge.
More seabirds on the Castle rock.
Even more seabirds on the Castle Rock. An aerial view of the 14-acre Castle Rock can be seen at:

Wow! Huge number of seabirds nesting on the Castle Rock during the breeding season from April to August. It
is amazing that these seabirds nest shoulder-to-shoulder in such tight clustering of huge colony.

In the breeding season, as many as 150,000 seabirds are nesting on Castle Rock, which has the largest
breeding population of common murres on the Pacific Coast, with population estimates ranging as high as
100,000 for just this one species.

Castle Rock is the second largest nesting seabird colony south of Alaska (after the Farallon Islands), is a
nationally significant seabird colony and one of only two island National Wildlife Refuges in offshore California;
the other is Southeast Farallon Island. Eleven species of seabirds, one shorebird (the black oystercatcher)
and two pinnipeds are documented to breed on Castle Rock.

Mostly nocturnal, burrow and crevice nesting seabirds including tufted puffins, fork-tailed storm petrels, and
Leach's storm petrels, Cassin's auklets, rhinoceros auklets, double-crested cormorant, Brandt's cormorant,
pelagic cormorant and pigeon guillemots avoid predation by the diurnal western gulls which also breed on the
island. April and May are prime months to see tufted puffins on the island. Brown pelicans use the island as a
communal roost but do not breed north of Monterey, California. Over 21,000 Aleutian cackling geese roost on
the island, flying at dawn to feed on nearby agricultural lands and returning to the island in the evening.

Visitors can see up-close video in real time if one goes to the National Park Information Center at 1111 2nd
St. in Crescent City where a large screen displays activity being recorded by a camera on Castle Rock.

We have also seen huge number of seabirds nesting on off-shore bird islands in Oregon and in Eastern
Canada as shown on my web pages at:

I zoomed in on the lower parts of the Castle Rock and I saw many sea lions and seals. From our Vista Points
on the roadside parking lots, we can hear the loud barking and howling noise of those sea lions.
Castle Rock National Wildlife Refuge is the northernmost breeding colony of northern elephant seals, which like
harbor seals breed on the island; California sea lions and Steller sea lions use the island as a haul-out but do
not breed there. Harbor porpoises and gray whales are the most common cetaceans year round, with most
sightings of the grey whales during their migration when they feed around Castle Rock.
A large group of visitors on the Brother Jonathan Point were watching whales in this area of Castle Rock
National Wildlife Refuge. A volunteer guide was there helping visitors in whale watching. Brother Jonathan Point
is located at the junction of S. Pebble Beach Dr and W. 9th St. in Crescent City. It is one of the 26 Whale
Watching Spoken Here sites along the shore of northern California and Oregon. So, we joined the crowd to
watch whales in action. We did see whale spouting water, but I was not fast enough to catch those spouts of
water on my camera.
On the right edge of this picture at about mid-height, a whale just finished spouting water and dived again
leaving a faint puff of water vapor.
Two more views of the whale in action near the surface.

This area sees a lot of whales year round with this area being a favored feeding ground for the whales.

A sunset view of the Castle Rock National Wildlife Refuge on the cloudy day of June 8, 2016.
There are also many sea lions and seals in Crescent City Harbor.
霧氣瀰漫中美若仙境的 Trinidad Bay。

After the long drive under the canopy of giant redwood trees, the bluffs at Trinidad presented us with our first
elevated view of the beautiful Pacific coastline.

This gray and misty view of beautiful rocky, sheltered pocket of Trinidad Bay is from the Vista Point parking lot
near the junction of Edwards St and Trinity St in Trinidad and is near the Trinidad Memorial Lighthouse. But it
was on a cloudy and foggy day that limited the quality of the views and the pictures.
By using the 65X optical zoom of my compact super-zoom camera, I saw again many sea birds on the rocks
and stacks in Trinidad Bay.

These rocks and stacks have diverse seabird colonies in California with twelve species and over 100,000
breeding individuals. The two most important rocks for seabirds are Green Rock and Flatiron Rock that host
seven species of birds and 66,000 breeding individuals.
The demonstration of the Shrink-and-Grow Mystery in Oregon Vortex.

We also visited a Mystery Spot known as Confusing Hill located at 75001 N. Hwy. 101, Piercy, CA 95587 for
the first time and another Mystery Spot known as Oregon Vortex located at 4303 Sardine Creek L Fork Rd,
Gold Hill, OR 97525 for the second time. From these two visits, I gained more insight about Mystery Spots as
related to dark matter.
The 346-foot Founders tree in Founders Grove
which is the most-visited grove in Humboldt
Redwoods and a major North Coast redwood
attraction. It's popular because it's conveniently  
located right next to a Highway 101 offramp on the
Avenue of the Giants, and it's also truly an
exceptional sight.
Dyerville Giant (~370 ft. tall) which fell down in 1991.
Immortal Tree: Though not the oldest redwood in the forest, this large tree is over 950 years old, and is
currently around 250 ft (76 m) tall, though originally it was much taller. It has survived not only the ravages of
time but also the 1964 flood of the area, a 1908 attempt at logging, and a direct lightning strike which removed
the top 45 feet (14 m) of the tree (making its original height close to 300ft). It is from its age and the perceived
hardiness to the fates that the tree derives its name. Markers are visible on the tree, denoting the heights of
where the loggers' axes and the floodwaters struck the tree. Situated in the northern half of the Avenue, The
Immortal Tree is easy to find, and has a large gift shop and parking area in front of it.
This giant redwood tree must have fallen hard for it had splintered this amazing way.
These hiking trails offer extraordinary opportunities to experience colossal old-growth coast redwoods. They
allow visitors to focus on the adjective-defyingly large trees around every turn. Tree stumps twice as wide as
a dining room table.

The fallen giant trees add to the surreal landscape. It is almost silly to ask how many picturesque spots there
are on such hiking trails.

The drive is absolutely gorgeous and well worth the leisurely pace.
Many cormorants in Crescent City Harbor.
晴空萬里,雲去山如畫, 雄偉奇俊, 立刻吸引了遊客的眼光。

View of Mt. Shasta from the Vista Point (Shasta Lookout) on I-5 south bound side about 4.3 miles north of Exit
776 for Yreka on the morning of July 14, 2016 when we were driving south returning from a tour of Oregon.
There were no cloud around Mt Shasta on the morning of July 14.

Click here for interactive Google Map showing location of Shasta Lookout on I-5 South Bound about 4.3
miles north of Yreka
More whale sighting.

Such huge number of nesting seabirds busily feeding their rapidly growing babies on Castle Rock, plus many
sea lions, seals, elephant seals and resident whales feeding in this area indicate that there are lots of fish in
the clean water in this area dotted with many sea stacks and rocky reefs.

View of Mt Shasta on the morning of July 9, 2016 from the small Weed Airport and the Rest Area of I-5 north
Bound side when we were driving north for our tour of Oregon.
We have also watched similar whale activities from the shore in Oregon as shown on my web page at:


I took a movie of whale watching from Oregon coast as shown in the following YouTube webiste:


Mt Shasta as viewed from the section of I-5 between the towns of Mt Shasta and Dunsmuir on July 9, 2016.
This view shows that Mt Shasta has multiple peaks, each the result of a separate volcanic eruption.
In the Fall season, the huge racks of fully grown antlers of handsome bull elks can be seen in Point Reyes
National Seashore in California as shown on my web page at:


We also saw another handsome bull elk with a huge rack of antlers in Canadian Rockies as shown on my web
page at: