California Parks #1: Van Damme State Park

I’m currently taking a class that takes me on a bunch of cool field trips around the state to some amazing natural areas. Last weekend we went up to Van Damme State Park on the Mendocino Coast.

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We learned a bunch of trees while hiking around the woods. Here’s an Abies grandis… I think…

The beach!
The beach!

I went swimming in the ocean for the first time in my four years here. It was so cold I basically went numb after a minute. I only lasted about 5 min in the water but some people swam all the way out to sea. The water was pretty sketchy as well and there was a dead seal washed up on the beach about 100 meters away. At least I can say that I got to go to the beach!

Banana slug moustache
Banana slug moustache

I saw these guys coming down from our hike up to the pygmy forest. Aren’t they so cute!

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Oahu Hikes: Water Edition

Here’s another post from this past summer. Yelp has pretty good directions to all these places so I’d suggest looking there if you want to go.

The first hike takes you to the cliffs above Makapu’u starting from the hill across the street from the parking lot of the scenic viewpoint after the hiking trail.

Manoa Falls is at the way back of Manoa. I’d suggest parking in the neighborhood outside and walking in to prevent paying a $5 parking fee. (That is not my dog)

Last one is in Nu’uanu off of one of the last exits to the Pali (I forget which one). If you look closely at the bushes on the side of the road. there’s a shortcut so you can avoid walking down the trail all together.

Makapu'u Puka
Makapu’u Puka
Manoa Falls
Manoa Falls
Jack Ass Ginger
Jack Ass Ginger