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May 14, 2017 - Jedediah Smith Redwwods State Park

Took a Mothers Day drive up to Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, we've been here before but decided it was worth another look. Our photos just do not do it justice, its hard to get in the massiveness of the trees. The road through the park is dirt & can be a tad rough in some areas & it is narrow. Information from Pamphlet: Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park is named after the American explorer (Jedediah Strong Smith), he the first non-native known to have traveled overland from the Mississippi River, across the Sierra Nevada to the...

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Jun 28, 2016 - Stout Grove, Howland Hill Road & Fern Canyon in Redwood State and National Parks

We planned a return trip to Stout Grove to start off our day. We approached it from the opposite direction today. Last time we went from Crescent City; today we came directly from the campground. We headed east on Hwy 199 through Hiouchi and then turned onto South Fork Road. There is road construction shortly after that with a one-lane section of road and traffic lights to control traffic. There were so many construction vehicles around that I didn’t see the sign for our turn. I went the wrong way and drove for about twenty minutes up the...

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Jun 27, 2016 - Prairie Redwoods State Park

There is a lot to do in Redwoods National and State Parks and they are spread out quite a way along Hwy 101. Jedediah Smith Redwoods Campground is at the Northern end of the Parks. We are working our way farther south each day exploring another section of the park. Today we went to Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. We got off Hwy 101 and took the Newton B. Drury Parkway through Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. It is the Old Redwood Highway. Hwy 101 is the Redwood Highway now. The Parkway is lined with redwood groves. We had lunch at the...

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Jun 26, 2016 - National Park Service Centennial Celebration

Redwood National Park held its National Park Service Centennial Celebration today and we spent the afternoon there. It was held at the former Orick lumber mill property. The mill closed down five years ago and two years ago the Save-the-Redwoods League purchased the 125 acres of land along Hwy 101 in the middle of the National Park. The Orick mill was the last mill in the county that could process old growth redwoods. The huge paved area where the celebration took place was the log storage area for the mill. The Save-the-Redwoods League...

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Jun 25, 2016 - The Klamath Section of Redwoods National & State Parks

We drove south to the Klamath Section of Redwoods National Park, along the mouth of the Klamath River. There was fog out over the ocean. We stopped at several overlooks on Hwy 101 on the way down, including Wilson Creek at False Klamath Cove. Ships sometimes sailed into False Klamath Cove, mistaking it for the mouth of the Klamath River. We stopped at Lagoon Creek for a while. There are wetlands and a pond there. In the 1940s, a lumber company built a mill there and dammed up the mouth of the lagoon to form a storage pond for logs. Many...

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Jun 24, 2016 - Simpson Reed Grove in Redwoods National & State Parks

We had to change campsites today. Check-out time was at noon and check-in time wasn’t until 2 PM and the gatekeepers stick to that. It messed up a good part of the day. This morning we went over to Hiouchi Visitor Center, which is less than a mile from the campground. I stamped my passport and we looked at a few exhibits that were different than the ones we’ve already seen at other visitor centers, then we came back home. We read for a while until it was time to check out. I left the car parked at the campground visitor center and we...

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Jun 23, 2016 - Battery Point Lighthouse & Enderts Beach Road, Crescent City, California

We went to the National Park’s Crescent City Information Center this morning. It is a small bookstore and information desk with no exhibits, located in the Park Headquarters building. I got my National Park Passport stamped and asked about things to do in that part of the park. They didn’t have any new suggestions. I found out that there aren’t any ranger-led shore or tide pool walks this summer. That is disappointing. We found out that the Battery Point Lighthouse was open for tours today from 10 AM to 12:30 PM. It was 10 AM, so we...

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Jun 22, 2016 - Kuchel Visitor Center in Redwood NSP

The generator hours at this campground are odd. Generators can be run from 10 AM to 8 PM. Most national park campgrounds have generator hours from 8 to 10 AM, a couple hours around dinner time and sometimes a couple hours around noon. Not being able to start up the generator until 10 AM is going to be a problem. We need to run it for an hour a couple times a day to keep the batteries charged up so the refrigerator will run. If we stay around until 11 AM so that we can run the generator in the morning, we will waste half the day. We ran it...

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Jun 21, 2016 - Redwood National and State Parks, California

Today was another travel day, a short one. We drove south on US-199 for about 77 miles. US-199 is a two-lane, paved road. In Oregon, the shoulders are wide and there are frequent passing lanes. In California, the lanes and shoulders are narrower and there are turnouts to pull into to let cars pass. It was a nice ride, mostly through forest and a few small towns. There is an eight-mile stretch along the Smith River in California near the end of the drive where the road is very narrow and winding with no shoulder. I took it slowly. The speed...

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May 26, 2011 - You can't see the forest for the trees

You can’t see the Forest for the Trees. After leaving Humboldt Redwoods we spent one night at Riverwalk full service RV Park in Fortuna. Went to breakfast at the historic Samoa Cookhouse. The only loggers community cookhouse left. 3 square meals a day served family style. We also drove through the Victorian village of Ferndale. Our next destination was Jedediah Smith Redwoods. On the way up the California Coast on the Redwood Highway, We stopped at Patrick’s Point State Park to see the reconstructed Yurok village. The Yurok use this village...

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