After the Mendocino Wildflower Show this weekend I was inspired to hike the redwood forest to look for some of my favorite forest dwelling wildflowers and plants. Today we feature the Trail Plant (also called Pathfinder Plant), or Adenocaulon bicolor. When their dark green, triangular leaves are disturbed or turned over their bright, white under-leaf is displayed and one can easily follow the trail of another passing through the woods or mark their own way with it's leaves. How cool is that??
The trail plant is a perennial that regenerates each year, forming what appears to be a low hovering mat of leaves in the shadowed areas under trees and along fallen logs or trails. Their big leaves allow moisture to collect under them along the forest floor and duff which helps to decompose organic matter. In addition to their leaves, there is a single slender stem that shoots up to about three feet tall that extends out to tiny white flowers that make their appearance from June to September. The tiny fruit that grows at the end of the stem have tiny hairs that cling to pant legs to be transported through the forests.
The Spring weather has been PERFECT to make for a memorable and incredible tour this Memorial Day Weekend. Our Stornetta Tour offers a very peaceful and special area where one can reflect on the honor and sacrifice of those that served to protect us. Please see our Stornetta Tour details below. In addition to a memorable tour there are many things to do in our local area this weekend. Here are some of our top picks for things this to do during the holiday weekend:
AND, OF COURSE … wonderful walk in nature with a knowledgable guide that can show you all the best spots for a memorable and ever lasting experience! Book your Stornetta Tour TODAY with the Unbeaten Path.
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STORNETTA LANDS TOUR
(voted a top destination to visit in the world by New Your Times!)
Located just north of Bowling Ball Beach and the town of Point Arena in Mendocino County, Stornetta is a very special place abundant in significant natural resources, including important wildlife habitats, several riparian corridors, extensive wetlands, cypress groves, meadows and sand dunes. WOW! The coastal cliffs and sea stacks (as shown in picture below) make for great photography and breathtaking views! View seals, whales, sea birds and more! A wonderful and protected environment we are very fortunate visit!
See our Hiking Tours page to view more details about this very special hiking tour! Get your boots on because this is a must see!
Today I celebrate our dearest love of a pug, Mr. Knuckles - my little harlequin eyes! He will have lived a mere 9 years and 3 months but his life was mighty. We will help this loving lunk of a pug pass to the heavens today and I am and will be forever grateful to the Gods that brought this incredible creature into our life. He was always happy, devoted, giving of hugs, a worry wort and always so loving.
I thank you, Knuckles, from the bottom of my heart for always taking the time to show dinner guests a pair of my undergarments that you snatched from the laundry bin - always sure to remind me never to be too proud! You helped me be REAL!
We will miss your kisses, hugs and the way you would mouth our hands when we came home after a long day… your mouth hugs will forever be missed. Thank you for protecting your sister, Bubble. She always did look up to you.
Our sadness is selfish because you gave us so much happiness. All we can give you in return is our loving embrace while you pass peacefully in our arms.
Madge Malone in her blogging zone!