Ranger Shanna was our guide today as we and Burlington Camp Host Karen trekked through the Drury-Chaney Grove just south of the town of Pepperwood, California. This grove is awesome. Since her three visitors all have a basic knowledge of Redwood biology, Shanna branched out and talked about other things including the effects of 1964 Flood on the town of Pepperwood and its people as well as on the redwoods. The town will never be the same. Permanent buildings are no longer permitted the few residents who remain rely on the fertile soil for their livelihood. On the other hand fertility of the silt from the flood fifty-five years ago has proved a boon for the forest. The redwoods grow new roots to take advantage of the newly acquired soil and thus have greater stability. The ferns and sorrel ground cover is lush. One bonus on this hike were that we got to taste Redwood Sorrel stems, a sweet acidic flavor, recommended as edible only in small quantities. Another was an opportunity to learn more about the rare occurrence of albino redwoods. Apparently there are only twenty-five officially documented trees in the world and likely no more than fifty total. Wow! And it was fun getting to know our campground host. We’re looking forward to visiting with her back in Burlington this evening.

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