Last week I visited my cousin in northern California. She works for Americorps as a conservationist, which means she spends most days in a river counting fish and doing research in and around the Klamath river. This trip would have been nothing without her guiding us around. Enjoy the pictures.
-There are people who call themselves "raw-foodists" which means they wont eat anything that has been heated past 109 degrees. Dinner for them might be 20 bananas or a few heads of romaine lettuce. I'm not kidding.
-Marijuana is legal, for medical purposes. We saw a farm as we rafted down the trinity river.
-EVERYBODY eats well, everything is organic. You can get anything in bulk and its all amazing.
-Hippie communes are real.
-Trees are 300 feet tall.
-Blackberries are an invasive species; they grow almost everywhere and they were in season during my visit, stopping to eat them added at least 30 minutes to every hike.
-The water is incredibly clean. Most of the rivers we swam in have almost no runoff. In other words, no houses, no roads, no farms that drain contaminants into them.