November 9, 2013 - Creeping-Middle-Meteor

It was a beautiful morning with a bright blue ski so common but not missed in the Santa Cruz side of the hill.  There was a report of an 18" tree across Meteor trail.  We parked just passed the Gazos bridge and headed up Creeping Forest trail to Dool.
At Dool we decided to have lunch at Ocean View and we arrived as the prescribed burn started.  We spent the next hour watching as the fire grew and trees went up in flames.
 We finally made it to Meteor trail and did come across a small 6" tan oak across the trail and that took about 5 minutes to clear.
However, there was an 18" fir on the trail making a very narrow path.  With a couple of cuts and more time being spent on the saw the trail was widened.
 On the way back we came across slugs and Elk Clover along the North Escape Fire road.
 We put in 82 hours thanks to Dale S., Janie, Bill, Norm, Joan, Janette, Mike, Peter, and Michelle.  We are at 860 hours for the year so a great turn out in December may get us over 1000 hours for the fourth year in a row.  See you next month.

See you on the trails


Birds of the Day
Acorn Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Dark-eyed Junco, Oregon
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Hermit Thrush
Steller's Jay
Common Raven
Purple Finch
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Hutton's Vireo
Red-tailed Hawk
Band-tailed Pigeon