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Oct 27, 2017 - the trees that changed history

People have known for a long time that you can date the age of a tree by its rings. A tree grows one ring a year and they vary in size according to how suitable for growth the climate was that year. Between 1939-1953 a dendrologist named Dr. Schulman focused on aging conifers in the lower forest zones, such as piñon and Douglas Fir. He did not include the longer records of the Giant Sequoia because of the semi-humid region they grow in where floods and seepage can skew their ring records. Then he learned that certain species of trees in the...

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May 15, 2011 - Experiencing Death Valley, CA

Tonight we are staying at an RV spot in Big Pine, CA northwest of Death Valley, CA. As soon as we woke yesterday, we threw on some clothes and headed out to Zabriskie Point to watch the sun come up over the valley. It is amazing to me how much the rocks' colors change with the light. It has been a miserably windy day with several sandstorms and continual gusts. Our showers and shampoos tonight never felt so good. We had gravel in our scalps and sandy grit all over our body, in our nose and ears. We hiked over 3.5 miles in Golden Canyon and...

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Feb 25, 2009 - Big Pine, CA 2/25 - 5/13

We have started a new trip journal for our travels this year. The map for the other one was starting to look like a bowl of spaghetti. If you would like to see the journal for the first 15 months of our trip, you can go to http://www.mytripjournal.com/AnnaJayRoadTrip. We spent over two months in Big Pine. It felt good to stay put for a while. We had our favorite campsite in Baker Creek Campground, and you couldn't beat the rent at $110 per month. We took some day and overnight trips into the backcountry, where the 4WD truck came in very...

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