West Coast 2010 travel blog

View from Klamath Overlook in Redwood NP

Tght squeeze between two redwoods

Its this big


The weather in Klamath has been cool and dry with lows in the 40’s and highs in the mid 60’s. There has been no rain and it is very dry and dusty in the area. The part of California receives 40 - 60 inches of rain but almost all of the rain falls during the winter months with an inch or less being common for the rest of the year.

The Redwoods require massive amounts of water due to their size and an estimate 1/3 of the total moisture comes from the fog. Fog is a near daily occurrence with increased altitude seeming to be much foggier than at sea level. Late yesterday we saw the weather appeared to be sunny and fog free so we drove across the river to visit the Klamath River Overlook. The overlook is approximately 800 feet above sea level. When we reached approximately 600 feet, the fog suddenly appeared and caused near zero visibility. Needless to say, we did not get much of a view past the front of the truck. Returning down the mountain, with a couple of hundred feet drop in altitude, it was again sunny and clear.

For the past two days we have visited both the north and south ends of the park mainly ogling the massive trees. Other than hiking and fishing, driving through the groves of old growth redwoods is the main activity. We did partake of several hikes over the two days on well maintained trails through the redwood groves. We stuck with the shorter one to two mile trails to get in our normal two mile per day walk.

If you have not seen the redwoods, neither my words nor pictures can adequately describe them. You must see them to truly appreciate their massive size, both in girth and height.

Tomorrow, we will leave the coast, heading inland through Sacramento, stopping at Yosemite National Park for a short visit and then onward toward I-40 which we will take back across the country. I suspect we are leaving our cool weather and will be entering back into the furnace as a we traverse the desert areas of California across the southern tip of Nevada and into Arizona. We have certain enjoyed the absence of heat over the past month and do not look forward to the return of the hot humid weather.

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