Tamalpais, also called "The Sleeping Indian" for a mystical Indian
Princess who lies asleep at the top, was
home to the Miwok Indian people for many years.
The name Tamalpais is a combination of the Miwok words “tamal” meaning coast or west and “pais”, meaning hill. It is also known as the “Sleeping Princess.”
From Sausalito looking north one can see the outline of a woman’s figure from the top of Mount Tamalpais cascading down to the east.
Mt. Tamalpais has a few legends surrounding the name “Sleeping Princess.”
7 November, 2013 by Mike McCullough
Occindentale r.e.[ R. occindentale ]
trek on the day before Thanksgiving of 2013, brought him to Poterero
Meadow. He was seeking to gather seeds from the vines of the
three variety of Rhododendrons shown right.
This meadow is a quarter mile west of the radar dome and a mile WSW from the Fire Lookout.
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|R. occindentale 2303
Mikes email to me goes like this: "I went to Mount Tamalpais on the final and hardest of my seed collecting hikes for 2013. All but one of my discoveries on Mount Tamalpais are on Marin Water District land, the other, R. occidentale Mount Tam 1310, is located next to the Bootjack Trail approximately 230 strides E of sign that states 1.0 miles to Muir Woods.
The best place to see R. occidentale on Mount Tamalpais is on the land operated by the water district and not at Muir Woods or the state park. At Muir Woods and some places in the water district land such as the Mickey O’Brian trail there is R. occidentale, but there is too much shade for flowers. Along the Cataract trail I have seen R. occidentale in bloom in only one area where R. occidentale Mount Tam 1311 is located.
Instead of parking at the parking lot North of the junction with Ridgecrest Boulevard, which is next to the Rock Spring Picnic Area (where I normally park), I headed East on Ridgecrest Boulevard and parked at the parking lot located East of the Mountain Theater and South of the Lagunitas Rock Spring Fire Road. The parking lot is not shown on the map. Arrived at the parking lot at 8:05 AM, after traveling 71.6 miles from home.
The Lagunitas Rock Spring Fire Road
<- At the southeastern
border of Potrero Meadow is the junction with the Laurel Dell Fire
hiked West on that road. Further
West on the Laurel Dell Fire Road I reached an area where I could see
western end of Potrero Meadow and the colony of R. occidentale.
distance further on the road until I reached the road
Plastic bags are 100 percent recyclable. Many stores have boxes for the drop off of plastic bags. Many of the bags collected at these stores are recycled into various products such as the decking made by Trex. People like myself use plastic grocery bags for trash bags, food storage bags, as temporary planting containers, and for other uses.
short distance to the West of R. occidentale Mt Tam 1312 is R.
Tam 2303 [Photo above] and R. occidentale Mt Tam 2302 which had no
seed; but a short distance
to the North R. occidentale Mt Tam 1804 had seed. Unfortunately I
unable to be here in June, ergo there was fewer seed than I would have
this area are
some possible R. occidentale seedlings. I have rarely
end of the R. occidentale colony and from the picnic area the radar
Middle Peak can be seen. This dome is easily spotted from San
Francisco, Sausalito, and from several locations along the Panoramic
Highway. I have photographed the radar dome from the area of
Lands End in
San Francisco near the USS San Francisco Memorial. The radar dome was a
part of Mill
Valley Air Force Station. After the Air Force left, the radar
in the radar dome was used by the
FAA until 2005.
home at 2:07 PM after driving 150.5 miles on the trip. Processed
some seed lots
but went to bed early. R. occidentale Mt
Tam 3110 was the last seed lot I processed. In
the photo on the left I am splitting a seed pod with an Exacto knife,
and in the
photograph on the right I am using sieve to separate the seed from the
preparing two types of envelopes (the smaller ones being hand
crafted), I used over two bottles of glue. With the larger envelopes I
the seams sealed to prevent spillage.
the Strybing plant sale featuring rhododendrons, Don Mahoney
indicated that he would be interested in some R. occidentale seed.
Besides sending seed to the ARS Seed Exchange;
I sent seed also to the
Rhododendron Species Foundation (they have had no R. occidentale for
long even though they have or had R. occidentale."