Redwood National Park, California

On April 2, 2013, we continued up the California coast to see the tallest trees in the world: the giant redwoods.  Not only are they tall, but because of their ability to withstand most forest fires, the coast redwoods can live up to 2200 years!  Our first stop was Drive-Thru Tree Park in Leggett.  The Chandelier Drive-Thru Tree was carved out in the 1930’s.  Imagine the outrage if someone cut into a tree like that today!  With the mirrors folded in on the truck, Peter was just able to squeeze through.

Sizing things up

Sizing things up

Gently rubbing the mirrors...

Gently rubbing the mirrors…

Okay, now he's happy!

Okay, now he’s happy!

We continued north from there, taking a scenic byway on the Avenue of the Giants.  Sections of the road drove through old-growth redwood forest, the size and beauty of which were overwhelming.

For once the GPS knows where we are!

For once the GPS knows where we are!

Avenue of the Giants

Avenue of the Giants

Yep, that's a big tree

Yep, that’s a big tree

Another big one

Another big one

Founders Grove

Tree house?

We spent two nights at the Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, inside Redwood National Park.  The campground was beautiful with elk and deer roaming around the adjacent field, and hiking trails all around.  It rained most of the time we were there, but we did get out for a hike on the Cathedral Trees Trail.  We took Ella in the Chariot – trust me, it wasn’t worth the fight – and were able to navigate most of the trail on wheels, with just a couple of portages over the roots.

Our necks hurt from looking up!

Our necks hurt from looking up!

Feeling kind of small

Walk-thru tree

Walk-thru tree

The next day we drove through more of the National Park, up to Crescent City and the Crescent City / Redwoods KOA.  (This KOA has tent sites and cabins in a redwood forest – very beautiful setting.)  We drove the narrow, winding Howland Hill Road through Jedidiah Smith Redwoods State Park, with more stunning scenery.  Top down in a convertible would be a great way to take it all in on this road.

Some tight curves

Some tight curves

Then we hiked down to Crescent Beach and checked things out in the wind and rain.

On the way to Crescent Beach

On the way to Crescent Beach

Definitely not swimming weather

Definitely not swimming weather

Creatures on the beach

Creatures on the beach

Creatures on the trail

Creatures on the trail – Banana Slug

It seems we have now officially left the warmth and sunshine and are headed into the land of never-ending rain.  Next stop: the Oregon coast.

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4 thoughts on “Redwood National Park, California

  1. Jenice

    I remember this tree. Hopefully you pulled your side mirrors in!

  2. Alicia

    So, I’m thinking, imagine when Ella is old enough to look up the archive of this blog and see all the stages of this trip! What a gift you’ve given her! This family trip is incredible. You and Peter are lucky to have each other, and to have Ella as an enthusiastic companion. THANK YOU for the blog, or I’d never get to enjoy the journey this much! We miss y’all. Seriously.

    • Thanks Alicia! Hopefully Ella will appreciate it all, years from now, if she ever gets over the fact that we took her away from her home and friends and daycare for a whole year…

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