Ancient and majestic

are the Coastal Redwoods of Northern California.  My oh my, how I love being among them.

The Redwood National and State Parks is a system of parks spread down the northern coast of California and, as the name suggests, is a mix of National and State Parks.  https://www.nps.gov/redw/index.htm

 

 

Driving south on the 101 from Oregon, we stopped off in Crescent City, CA to take a look at some of the Redwoods up there.  We visited The Stout Grove along with about a million other folks, jockeying first to get down the single lane road to the Grove, then for a parking spot, and then for a space on the trail.  I swear, visiting National Parks this summer is not for the faint of heart.

Who joins me in seeing the irony here?

Elo walking by a fallen Redwood.

I couldn’t begin to capture an entire tree with one shot of my camera, but you definitely can get an idea of their size using Elo for perspective.

DeMartin Beach

DeMartin Beach

After visiting our first official Redwoods, we headed a bit further south on the 101 to another fantastic boondocking spot right on the beach.  We stayed here at the DeMartin Beach parking area for two nights. That’s a big plus of traveling in a van…you can park just about anywhere.

For those of you who may not know, Boondocking is camping without any kind electric, water, or sewer hook ups, not in an established camping area like an official campground, and usually for free.  This can be on the side of the road , in an urban area, or out on public lands in the middle of nowhere.

From DeMartin, we headed south on the 101 again and since all the State and National Park campgrounds have been full since God was a child, we booked ourselves in at a  wonderfully quirky private campground called Elk Country.  It has its own herd of about 80 Roosevelt Elk (named such since they were introduced to the area by Teddy)

The entire herd, minus the big bulls, were on hand to meet us as we drove in.  The one room schoolhouse in the back was built around 1889 and stayed in used as a school house until the late 1950s.  

This campground made for a great homebase while Elo and I explored the area trails.

Elo’s cool bike posing with a redwood

Elo’s cool van posing in the mist

As noted by the photos above, Elo found a biking trail and I set out early to find a quiet hiking trail so I might enjoy the big trees in some amount of solitude.  Spoiler alert, the early bird gets the worm!  Other than a couple who was leaving as I arrived, I walked for a couple of hours without seeing or hearing another soul.  Now that’s my idea of Heaven on Earth!

This is called, Trillium Falls

There were a number of benches scattered throughout, but I loved this memorial bench in particular.  What sweet words of remembrance and a man after my own heart, “It’s a great life” indeed 

Redwoods can withstand a great deal.  Their bark can be up to a foot thick and when struck by lightning, they burn  from the inside out.  It takes something more than a mere insect infestation or a single lightning strike to fell one of these mighty giants.

This tree is vibrant and green as are most others I saw with varying degrees of lightning burns.

I took this shot from the park brochure thinking it interesting, especially considering we will be visiting the Sequoias after Yosemite.  How about the tallest tree in the world grows from something the size of a tomato seed? A miracle, for sure.

 

Today we move on through Eureka stopping for groceries, laundry, and wifi before moving on south just a bit to our last official visit with the Redwoods, Humboldt Redwoods State Park and The Avenue of the Giants.  I’m so excited!  So stay tuned.

Until next time…

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Comments:

  • Heather S Smith

    August 3, 2021

    Just beautiful……

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  • Gaelyn

    August 4, 2021

    Humbling.

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  • Tena

    August 4, 2021

    Love the information about the redwoods and sequoia. So glad you get to visit them.

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    • Margie

      August 4, 2021

      Me too, Tena. Me too.

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  • Rusty Hunt

    August 4, 2021

    Great photos! I love all the ferns. Such a lush environment. You need to include at least one selfie, so I can see your happy face.

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    • Margie

      August 4, 2021

      It’s very Jurassic Park.

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  • Sharon Mulgrew

    August 4, 2021

    Loving your blog! Elo told me about it. I feel as though I am traversing Oregon and California with you. New word for the day….”boondocking”.

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    • Margie

      August 4, 2021

      Great to have you along, Sharon!

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  • Marty

    August 5, 2021

    Nice lookin Trek 🙂

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    • Margie

      August 7, 2021

      Elo says, yes it is 😆

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