Join us in our travel adventures as we explore the United States of America and especially Hawaii. Coming soon an epic 6000 mile RV journey from San Francisco to Alaska and back. This journey starts in late May 2016 and ends late July 2016. As we travel, we will be posting our experiences such as the Red Woods of Oregon to the Kenai Peninsula of Alaska. We hope to see Brown Bears, Moose, glaciers and perhaps even feast on a Salmon or two.
Saturday, 30 July 2016
California's Six Rivers National Forest
Panther Flats was a gorgeous campground located in Six Rivers National Forest.
For this campsite we rigged up our hammocks and spent two nights under the stars, listening to howling of wolves in the distance and falling asleep to the glow of the last burning embers in the fire.
There was a river that flowed swiftly through the forest just below our campsite, and it was a short walk down the road to get there.
One thing that struck meabout this place was that it looked just like the kind of location where Native Americans would have lived several hundred years ago. You could feel the history resonating off each rocky cliffside. My mom, who is a very good tracker (having been raised in the African bush) pointed out smoky marking on the cliffside, where a former cave had been eroded away by time. A very distinct rocky path led from the opposite riverbank up to the "cave". The entire scene strongly resembled the remains of a settlement. Miners-or perhaps Native Americans- had lived there many years ago. The river flowing down at the foot of the cliff would have provided a good food source, and the cliff itself would have been advantageous in troubled times.
Waterfall flowing into the river
We went swimming in here
We swam across the fast flowing river and explored the waterfall on the other side. I wanted to climb up the cliff near it but the waterfall and erosion had worn the rocks down to loose shale. Instead I climbed the trees on the other side of the river, many of the fresh green branches had been broken off by an animal larger than a human. Later, a friend suggested that it could have been elk.
On the walk back to the campsite we discovered some suspicious looking claw marks on a tree
Fresh claw marks
I had completely forgotten that America also has big cats, but this was a good reminder.