Ripley's "Portland Hikers Museum" - Believe it or Not!

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Re: Ripley's "Portland Hikers Museum" - Believe it or Not!

Post by mdvaden » May 23rd, 2012, 3:08 pm

Prairie Creek redwoods. The face in the log.
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Post by mdvaden » May 23rd, 2012, 3:10 pm

The tree with the "thing" growing from it.
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Post by Peder » May 23rd, 2012, 4:07 pm

mdvaden wrote:The tree with the "thing" growing from it.
No comment about the "thing"! I am always amazed at the size of the trees you (=mdvaden) can find or (alternatively) the stature of your companions! :shock:
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Post by retired jerry » May 23rd, 2012, 4:40 pm

Actually, the trees are normal size but he has tiny companions :)

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Post by mdvaden » May 23rd, 2012, 10:34 pm

Oh, almost forgot.

Little bit smaller redwood with a smaller thing - lol
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Post by Peder » May 24th, 2012, 5:21 pm

retired jerry wrote:Actually, the trees are normal size but he has tiny companions :)
Yes Jerry, I knew it was one of the two! Mdvaden's picture for November 2011 in the PH calender featured a companion that was 8" tall at the very most! :shock:
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Post by retired jerry » May 24th, 2012, 5:52 pm

A "mini Vaden"

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Post by cfm » May 24th, 2012, 6:25 pm

I recently stumbled on a trail off Palmer Mill Road which takes you to a parallel old logging road up to Multnomah Basin Road, west of Devil's Rest. There are lots of new and old artifacts along this path including a really old jalopy and several dirtbike carcasses.

The trail is well maintained and someone has been cleaning up.....
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Now here is something odd. It is the top of a young fir that recently snapped off. But look closer, the tree has a bone!!! It looks like the young tree grew up through an animal vertebra.
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Post by Splintercat » May 24th, 2012, 7:53 pm

Wow!!!! That last one is a keeper, CFM! Bizarre!

-Tom :)

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Post by mdvaden » May 24th, 2012, 9:23 pm

cfm wrote:I recently stumbled on a trail off Palmer Mill Road which takes you to a parallel old logging road up to Multnomah Basin Road, west of Devil's Rest. There are lots of new and old artifacts along this path including a really old jalopy and several dirtbike carcasses.

The trail is well maintained and someone has been cleaning up.....

Now here is something odd. It is the top of a young fir that recently snapped off. But look closer, the tree has a bone!!! It looks like the young tree grew up through an animal vertebra.
That reminds me of this photo from the visitor center at Prairie Creek. The sign suggests an adult elk got it's head stuck in a Madrone and died.

But I told them that the wood inside the skull cavity implies to me that an elk probably just happened to die of old age or something, on top of a small madrone, and the little stem or stems grew up through and around the skull.

If the head got caught between trunks or stems, there would almost certainly be what's called included bark trapped inside. But there is none. That's denotes that the wood grew from the center near the skull and expanded outward enveloping the antlers.
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