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13 August 2010 @ 10:43 pm
Stanislaus National Forest  
Place: Stanislaus National Forest
Date: July 28, 2010
Weather: Nice and sunny
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View from the "tree house" at Strawberry Inn
My base for this holiday was in Sonora. From there, I drove up along Highway 108, the Sonora Pass Highway, through Stanislaus National Forest. After a short stop in Twain Harte, I had lunch at the Strawberry Inn in Strawberry. The inn sits on the north side of the highway, right after it crosses the southern fork of the Stanislaus River. The photo above is taken while I was having lunch on the patio of the inn. It was wonderful.

Bridge over the South Fork of Stanislaus River at Strawberry
After lunch, I went down to the river. Here is the highway bridge seen from below the inn.

Modest rapids
Except for the occasional car on the bridge, it was very quiet. The river stood for the music.

Magical place with wonderful river sounds
I sat here for a quite a while, enjoying the sights and sounds and finding serenity.

The water had created channels in the rock
The water had created channels in the rock, when it was higher. It shows the force of the water over time.

Off the highway, this is pretty much the way it looks everywhere.
On the way back, I drove on backroads to find a nice place to hike. This was the view from a lay-by on the road. I don't know where this is. I just followed roads at random.

After a while, I stopped at a trailhead and took a walk through the woods. The trail followed a creek for a while. There were quite a lot of wildflowers still up at these elevations. It's been a cold summer.

Ragweed? growing in a creek
This may be ragweed.

Aquilegia, also by the creek
A native aquilegia, also by the creek.

Boraginacaea of some sort
In a clearing, there were lots and lots of these blue flowers.

Backlit Boraginacaea
Here are some with backlighting.

Yellow monocot
Also in the clearing, were these yellow monocots.

Red parasite
With the red color, I assume this is a parasitic or semi-parasitic plant.