Aloha to our lovely friends, family, and readers!
We’re writing this blog entry from Eugene, Oregon, at a really cool coffee shop called The Wandering Goat. We just spent the night with really awesome members of the extended Plant a Wish family, and are getting ready for our Oregon planting (State #42) tomorrow.
Here’s a quick overview of our tour so far, done “travelogue-style”.
Flew out of Maui to take a red-eye from Honolulu to LAX to San Francisco. Ended up skipping L.A., landing in Oakland, and hunting for our bags back in SF when we landed. The good news? We got two flight vouchers worth $400 each – so our return flights are now paid for and our fundraising goal was decreased by $800. We also wrote this article for the 9/1/11 issue of Maui Time Weekly. The gods are on our side.
After a crazy amount of shifting rental cars and picking up baggage and supplies, had to order a new tripod bag, since ours exploded on the way to the Maui airport. Also had to re-arrange all of our gear since we were headed to the Burning Man festival to connect with the Friends of Black rock and the Bureau of Land Management for a tree planting done in conjunction with the festival. Have you ever had to prepare for a week of self-sufficiency in a super dry, alkaline dusty desert?
After some careful reflection, we decided to leave our good camera gear at our friend’s place in the Bay Area, and only use our digital camera and GoPro while there. Turns out to be a good move. (For those that wondered, we paid for the festival with our personal funds – not Plant a Wish donations – and really kept it low-impact, light and simple to keep costs down.)
Sunday 8/28 thru Monday 9/5
Carpool with a friend to Black Rock City, NV, the states’ third largest city that only exists for one week. Attend Burning Man. See great art, practice “radical self-reliance” in extreme weather conditions. Attend TEDxBlack Rock City (Sara is co-producing TEDxMaui, scheduled for January.) connect with really cool archaeologists, desert rangers, and various genius-artist types. Plant a native juniper at the new Black Rock BLM headquarters in Gerlach. Join the small group of people who have ever left Burning Man during the festival. Make awesome friends and spread the word about Plant a Wish.
Pick up tour vehicle from a really cool Hertz location in San Rafael, do lots of laundry, re-configure all luggage, gear, and prepare for the tour. Put the logos and decals on the car while parked at a gorgeous seaside park in Marin County. Drove Highway 1, collecting gorgeous footage along the way. Camped at Richardson Grove State Park. In awe of the redwoods.
Met up with Richard Giegner, an experienced redwood forest steward and native habitat advocate who works with various organizations in Southern Humboldt to protect and restore native habitat. Shot a great interview with him for the doc. Then, drove the entire length of the Mattole Watershed and picked up a native redwood from the Mattole Restoration Council, a really awesome nonprofit in Petrolia, CA. Visited the ocean location where the Mattole hits the ocean. Drooled over the gorgeous views, shot more footage. Camped up in the hills above Shelter Cove after a long day.
Planted our redwood tree with the fine folks at Sanctuary Forest in Whitethorn, CA. Filmed a great interview with interim director Tasha McKee. Headed north to Grizzly Creek State Park to interview Gary Graham Hughes, Executive Director of EPIC, the nonprofit with the coolest initials ever (stands for The Environmental Protection Information Center). to Arcata, CA and connected with friends of Maui friends….got to sleep in a real bed, and take a real shower. Bliss.
Got a great tour of the old growth redwoods, interviewed a forest defense specialist in the Arcata, CA area to get the activist perspective. Exhausted ourselves and ate really great burritos for dinner.
Made the trek to Eugene, Oregon. Drove through a giant tree. We’re still here, working in a coffee shop to continue coordinating interview shoots, planting event details, and gathering tree donations and other collaborations. Announced our 9/13 Oregon planting with the Roloff Family of “Little People, Big World”. Heading to Portland this afternoon to meet up with old friends from Maui.
Upcoming Planting Dates:
9/13, Hillsboro, OR
9/17, Celebrate Elwha, Port Angeles, WA
Visit our Tour Page for more info.
And…of course, as always, hustling for donations! If you like what we’re doing, please consider giving a donation of any amount via our online donation portal here. PayPal and Tax-Deductible options available. We’re just past the half-way mark to our fundraising goal. Every contribution counts to get more trees in the ground and to make the best film possible!