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    "Oh, now he's a philosophizer" Baylorguy's Avatar
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    Carnivores of California

    I am going to be flying out to San Francisco the first week of March for business and figured I would make a small vacation of it. I am interested in seeing some native California carnivorous plants and was wondering if anyone knows of state parks or protected sites that I could visit? Of course, I also plan on making a pit stop in Sebastopol, CA

    Any help is much appreciated!

    Phil

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    Oooo, I'm interested in seeing what people have to say to this too. I may be going on another road trip through California this summer and would love to see some plants. Peter recently posted on Facebook a bunch of pictures of Darlingtonia they went to see in Del Norte County, California and South Oregon. Honestly, that's all I know of, and those are really far north, might be adding more mileage than I was hoping for. o.O

    So, again, I'm definitely interested too. Subscribed!

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    Everything should be dormant so you won't see much except Darlingtonia. Peter can tell you how to get to the sites in Gasquet, CA. Other sites are around Lake Tahoe and Mount Shasta. These may be snowed in and even if they are not the lack of the tell-tale red color or flowers will make it difficult for the novice to spot plants. You arer probably looking at around a four hour drive from San Francisco to most sites.

    http://users.humboldt.edu/rziemer/Gasquet/gasquet.html

    You can try the Albion Bog in Mendicino County even though most of the stuff there was introduced. Again, Peter can tell you how to get there.

    http://www.bacps.org/2010Summer/#albionbog
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    @NaN: From reading through the article, it seems the Albion bog isn't easy to get... permission to visit. Has that changed, do you know?

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    Thanks for the post, NAN. Should have considered the dormancy factor. I keep forgetting we're dealing with Northern CA.

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    several areas near gasquet, their is a site well marked with signs on HWY 199 just North of Gasquet, less than a 1/4 mile trail, nice site though. The best area for Darlintonia I have found, is in the N. Fork of the Smith river canyon, on the Oregon side. Most of the hills west of the river hold many of them. If you are feeling adventurous and maybe wanna spend the night. Look for Chrome Creek on the map, it will be on the east sidfe of the river. kind of a rough hike/swim/wade (no trail here). It is a stunning sight.
    Maybe plan a late spring hike? I have not been out that way in quite a few years, I would love to show you.
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    Hey boxo, thanks for the offer, much appreciated! Unfortunately my wife isn't the adventurous type when it comes to hiking and getting dirty (I know, I know ) Sounds like you know how to find Darlingtonia though.

    Phil

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    That non-native bog is super cool! Amazing all those plants can grow in the place.

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