Old Growth Trail & Sea Lions in Gold Beach

Trip Start May 04, 2010
Trip End May 21, 2010

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010


-      The Shrader Old-Growth Trail, a one mile loop trail off Jerry’s Flat Road in Gold Beach.   We might feel like we’re getting older, but we’re just youngsters among these old growth Douglas-fir, Port Orford cedar and tanoak trees.   The Douglas fir may live as long as 1,000 years and many of them in this forest are between 200-250 feet tall (as tall as a 25-story building).  As we wander the trail, Harvey reads from the brochure providing interpretation of the numbered trail markers.   Looking closely and observing, we see how the forest is evolving, growing and constantly reborn.  There is a stillness, even among the sounds of the stream and many birds.  Give me an opportunity to see an old growth tree and I’m there. 

      Who plays with their food?  Sea lions do.  They eat so well that sometimes they may catch a fish for fun and then toss it in the air.  Seagulls join the game and try to catch the fish in the air; maybe over two dozen seagulls hover around one sea lion.  We join the sport watching while having lunch at the Port of Call near the pier in Gold Beach. 

Just lounging around the Tu Tu Tun Lodge.  The relaxing environment by the river just invites relaxation.  After 1:30 every day, there are freshly baked cookies, fruits and drinks as refreshments.  Just yummy!

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