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Camping in Mendocino County during an El Nino Event!

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One day me and a friend had made a decision to go off-roading at the Lost Coast in California during a weekend when a major El Nino event was going to drench the state. We talked and then we prepared for it. My friend has a Toyota Land Cruiser 4×4, and he was very familiar with the Lost Coast.

We chatted back and forth on FB for a week. However the day before we were heading out Caltrans District 1 posted a photo online of a major landslide that occurred 5 miles North of WestPort, CA, on highway 1. That was the road we’re supposed to take to the Lost Coast, but the scene was so bad a truck driver had almost gotten pushed over the slide of a cliff from the unstable hillside, so they closed the road indefinitely. When we arrived in Fort Bragg we thought the road would be open by the time we got there, but a big road side sign said “Road Closed Ahead.” Our plans were thwarted, but we quickly came up with another plan. That plan was to try to camp at one of the area campgrounds, BUT turns out they were also closed. Online it indicated that Van Damme State Park was open, but it said nothing about no camping. So my friend happen to know people in that area, so we went to their ranch and camped in the rain.

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Trail blocked by downed trees.

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This is the set-up we used to stay dry.

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Cooking bacon on the BioLite stove.

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Mendocino County is God’s Country.

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Off-roading during an El Nino event.

 

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Mushrooms Golden Gate Park 4 hours after 1st rain.

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Mushrooms 4 hours after 1st rain Golden Gate Park.

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If you dare to take a walk through a Mediterranean forest 4 hours after 1st rain you will see fungus pop up everywhere. And some of it is extreme.

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