I have added a new slide show, “Wilderness Gallery 6”. You can find it by going to my home page, clicking on “Slide Shows” (upper left), and then click on “galleries” in the upper left corner (below luminous): then click on “Wilderness Gallery 6”. Choose “full screen” and select viewing speed (below slides).
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Ano Nuevo State park is located about 20 miles north of Santa Cruz, California. There are two long beaches north of the park headquarters which offer solitude and miles of walking, along pristine beaches, through sand dunes and upon cliff side trails. Maps are posted at trail heads and the visitors center. See more photos
On several occasions I encountered very large elephant seals sun bathing and resting here. They swim incredible distances: to and from the Gulf of Alaska.Their diet is “sushi”; and is similar to the dolphins appetite for sushi.
At the park headquarters tours are offered, a walk of a half mile, out to see the elephant seals and their island habitat. The beaches (for walking) are accessible from Gazos Creek Parking lot, 5 miles north of Ano Nuevo park entrance.
Energetic air is found here and it seems to fluctuate from high to low and low to high for unknown reasons. Maybe this is due to the nature of air flow and winds that destabilize the AAI (atmospheric air ions). An interesting contrast is Natural Bridges State Beach, where the levels of AAI are almost always very high and stable.
(c) Paul Adams 2013
Many luminous places are found in wilderness locations and could require hours, or even days of hiking. Caution needs to be a part of each trip,as there are dangerous situations that can occur. Whole books have been written on wilderness safety and are recommended reading: This is essential preparation for even short excursions into wild (back country) areas. Below is a partial list with some links, specifying different concerns, dangers and preparations.
Western North America:
Insects.. Ticks Mosquitoes Fleas Leeches Bees Black Widow spider Brown Recluse Spider
Water………… in most wilderness areas water is (almost always) contaminated and can cause severe digestive illness and dehydration
Things to take on every hike: extra water, candy or protein bar; whistle, small mirror and (charged) cell phone. Daypack with warm clothes, rain plastic or poncho, emergency shelter (bevy), water purification pills or tech., lighter or matches, map, first aid kit, pepper spray, pocket knife, LED flashlights or headlite.
I recommend staying on the trails and avoid excursions off the trails into the wilderness.. Carry a brightly colored hat, shirt or sweater.
(c) Paul C Adams 2013
The Arctic Tern flys round trip from pole to pole: traveling more than 44,300 miles to accomplish this amazing feat, and airborne most of its life. Few animals on earth can match this power generating ability and sustain it. This small sea-bird feeds on fish, insects and little crabs.
Male Emperor Penguins spend between two and three winter months of each year standing up, incubating an egg, fasting for 115 days, in the almost endless dark, temperatures down to 40 below, winds up to 90 mph, awaiting the sunrise and return of their spouses from the sea. How is this possible?
Monarch Butterflies travel thousands of miles from the Rocky Mountains and Canada to the coast of California (Natural Bridges State Beach),and Carmel; and others go on to central Mexico! Their only food is milkweed. How they navigate is still a mystery.
These three creatures live via high metabolism and suggests latent energy potential hidden within DNA . The efficiency and power of metabolism that exists within us might be greater than we can imagine!
(c) Paul C Adams 2013 updated: 1/24/17 1/26/17