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Jun 11, 2019 - Crescent City, CA

June 11 - it was a beautifully cool morning as we headed out going north on hwy 101. We drove through a redwood forest which leads to Richardson State Park near Garberville. The road was only a two Lane, and as we came around one of the Bends cars had been stopped due to road construction but we had no advance warning which required a very fast stop as everything in the rig shifted and moved. But it is nice to know all the braking systems work great! I wanted to add that once you get north of San Francisco and are driving with the windows...

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Summer 2019

May 20, 2019 - Redwoods National Park

Arrived today and will be adding pictures and notes over the four days we are here. Rain today, we are just setting up camp and relaxing.. The Rains ended on the third day and the sun came out. We visited the Battery Point Light House in Crescent City. Then we headed out to the Redwoods National Park. On first blush, we noticed that these Redwoods do not have the reddish colored bark that the ones in Yosemite had. Another contrast is that these are much taller (up to 300', That is a football field long), and basically not maintained like...

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North to Alaska 2019

May 13, 2019 - Fort Bragg to Crescent City

Loaded up the car and off on the road again (sing it Willie) on up the coast still on HWY 1 for another 50 some miles then it changes to 101 through Oregon. As I was leaving Fort Bragg I saw this walking bridge had to get up there for a few pictures LOL, then back on the road for a few stops along the rugged coast. Then the road leaves the coast and heads to Leggett saw a sigh for a drive through tree so went there the is called the Chandelier tree a very small tree only 315 ft. tall and 21 ft. in Diameter was a slow drive through it had...

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Another adventure

Aug 27, 2018 - Redwood National Forest

We continued our drive down the Oregon coast into Northern California where we visited the Jedediah Smith State Park. It is part of the Redwood National Park. What a beautiful place. These majestic redwoods are up to 360’ high as as much as 26’ across at the base. It’s impossible to describe how beautiful they are. Many of the redwoods in this park are up to 1000 years old. Seeing and experiencing these trees makes the extra couple of days drive worthwhile. When you look at the photos, try to imagine the scale of these trees. The pictures...

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Jul 24, 2018 - One last visit

Crescent City, CA After dragging our sweat-soaked bodies over 2 miles in Loeb State Park through mosquito infested woods that looked the same as in prehistoric times on a narrow trail choked with tree roots, filled with rocks, up steep inclines, down treacherous slopes, and along innumerable switchbacks, we asked each other, “Why did we do this?” Well, we did learn a few things along the way. We can identify 4 different types of ferns, and know the difference between the needles of Redwoods and Douglas Firs. We saw a redwood tree 33’ 8” in...

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Jul 23, 2018 - WWII relic

Crescent City, CA Our journey today took us through more glorious Redwoods as well as along the coast. In Prairie Creek Redwood Park we found another one of those wonderful roads – 1-lane wide with 2-way traffic. Since we were not alone in our adventure, driving was occasionally exciting. Our explorations included Big Tree, estimated to be 1,500 years old, Corkscrew Tree – 4 trunks intertwined as they reach up skyward and several Goose Pens. Goose pens are hollow areas in coast redwood trunks, typically caused by damage. Years ago, some...

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Jul 22, 2018 - Jedediah Smith

Crescent City, CA Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park is densely forested with huge ancient Coastal Redwood trees. In fact, it contains 7% of all the old-growth redwoods left in the world. The park has some trees of truly stupendous size - perhaps not quite as tall as the redwoods to the south, but bigger in diameter. Somewhere in the park is the largest coastal redwood by volume, a tree that's exceeded in size, and not by much, by only 7 giant sequoias. The tree's location is secret so that it can be protected from damage. Incredibly, these...

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Jul 21, 2018 - Babe and Paul

Crescent City, CA Who wouldn’t want to see a 49’ tall Paul Bunyon and 35’ tall Babe the Blue Ox? It was certainly on our list! Besides Paul and Babe, Trees of Mystery offered other enticements. Redwood trees are the largest living things on earth, averaging 8’ to as much as 20’ in diameter, reaching as much as 375’ in height. That is 72' taller than the Statue of Liberty, from base of the pedestal to the tip of the torch. The bark of a coastal redwood is very thick, as much as a foot in places. When exposed to fire - it chars into a heat...

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Jul 20, 2018 - Cape Blanco

Crescent City, CA Cape Blanco Lighthouse sits on a 200’ high, very exposed cliff. Its primary function was to warn ships away from the reefs, and to provide a position fix for navigators. When mariners saw a flash of light for 1 second and darkness for 18 seconds before another flash, they knew where they were. Sad story: in 1992, two local teenagers broke into the lighthouse and, using a sledgehammer, smashed one of the lens’ bull’s-eyes and 6 smaller prisms. The boys were eventually apprehended and convicted. After a nation-wide search, a...

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Jun 27, 2018 - Trees, Ocean, Hikes & Drives

Our final California stop put is back in the stunning Coastal Redwoods in Crescent City. Crescent City is on the CA coast about 10 miles south of the Oregon border. It is a port town and popular tourist destination due to the nearby Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park and the Redwood National and State Parks. In case you don’t know…..Jedediah Smith was an explorer and in 1826, the first American to travel, by land, from the Mississippi River to California, passing through these Coastal Redwoods. (The tallest and one of the most massive tree...

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ESCAPING CALIFORNIA

May 2, 2017 - Mt Shasta to Crescent City

On our second morning in Lassen we set off up the mountain as far as we could go. We were able to drive to Bunny Flat at about 6900 feet (Mt Shasta is just over 14,000 ft 4231m high). At the Bunny Flat carpark there were already quite a number of people getting ready to go snowshoeing, cross country skiing or climbing. Some people make a day trip to a high altitude lake while others do a two or three day trip involving a summit climb. Must be pretty tough with all the snow and ice. We realised that we had been very lucky on the previous day...

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Jan 9, 2017 - California Redwoods

It was still raining buckets. All kinds of high water records were being met, and beaten. We kept driving south, hoping to get out of the storm, but it was so big we were still in it. Just past the California State Line we crossed an area called Elk Valley. Yes there were elk there. All over some peoples yards. A lot of elk! I wonder who has to clean up after all that! We drove on to Crescent City, California and it was still raining. We found a city run RV park called Shore Line RV. We were thinking we would like to camp right on the edge...

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