Hidden Los Padres National Forest Pt. 3

Shout out to Jack and Jessica for hosting me up in Seattle, I’ll have a special post up soon from that trip.

To finish off the trip to the north-eastern section of Los Padres National Forest, here are more wildflowers and remains of native settlements

Those larkspur were magical floating above the dry grasses, very sorry for the terrible focus here

These white ones were small but spectacular

Which turned out to be a pattern, lots of flowers were small here

This red western thistle was actually a native. Their non-native purple cousins are quite invasive and unwanted in these natural lands

Super tall but super small

I was surprised I was able to get a focused shot of this dainty one



Red lichen

A very, very old tree, I think it was an oak

This was a truly ancient oak, likely more than 300 years old

Looking out from the rock outcropping, it really looked as though someone had planted these massive oak trees in a plantation

A twisted manzanita reclaiming its branch

In fact, it was the native peoples who had helped created the habitats in this area through their stewardship of its resources to support their community. They had the abundance of acorns that they ground into paste that was used as a food base

Many centuries of grinding led to these deep holes

They were all over the rock formations, around the wagon wheel caves

Looking out from one of the caves it was overgrown, but I’ll show you the view in a moment

Inside the cave was evidence of many fires, but no artifacts or carvings were around

The cave here looks like a very good place for a fire

Looking out over the area, you can see other beautiful rock formations creeping out of the forest

A look up at the cave area

And some other fun stone formations

Lots of nooks and crannies to explore

With giant boulders randomly placed

These natural formations were really a trip, there were all these giant spheres about two feet in diameter and the holes they have come out of

And this rock looked like a sitting vulture



Hope you enjoyed this trip out to a very remote corner of our state and that it inspires you to head there as well. Please stop over in King City for supplies, they are good people.

Next up, a sneak preview of Seattle’s pretty.

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