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Oct 26, 2016 - Trinidad Day 2

After being kept inside on Friday we were anxious to get outside. So off we went to Moonstone Beach, Patrick’s Point State Park and the Prairie Creek portion of Redwood National Park. The National Park Service and the State of California jointly manage this park. The visitor centers are not as grandiose, roads are not very wide and the picnic and camping areas are blended into the surroundings. The natural beauty of the area is not “scarred” by cement and glass. Moonstone Beach is just south of Trinidad and we drove a scenic route to get...

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Oct 23, 2016 - Trinidad, CA, Oct 19-21, 2016

Our trip from Chico to Trinidad (on Wed, 10-19) was long but so much beauty on the way. My biggest “uh-oh” was not getting a photo of SNOW-COVERED Mt. Shasta. It was beautiful and I thought I would be able to get a photo when we stopped for gas. We stopped and it was GONE. I was so disappointed but Tom said I could get it on our next trip – much happier. For now I have compensated by using a photo taken out the window as we traveled through Weaverville, CA on highway 299. The road was very windy with several construction delays. The longest...

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Sep 16, 2016 - Crater Lake, OR to Trinidad, CA

September 16, 2016 Today is a 250 mile travel day into CA. 45 degrees when we awoke but nice sun. The road leaving Crater Lake is a beautiful drive through old forest trees and it continues down Hwy 62. We avoided Medford and stopped in Grants Pass for gas. For the last week or so we have paid on average $2.38 per gallon which is the lowest we have ever paid. It is always nice to come back to CA especially when we get to drive through the redwoods. Stopped in Crescent City as we always do to have lunch on the coast. I encouraged Bob to call...

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Jul 4, 2016 - Avenue of the Giants in Humboldt Redwoods State Park, California

Happy 4th of July! Today, we drove about an hour south on US-101, the Redwood Highway, to the Avenue of the Giants in Humboldt Redwoods State Park. Humboldt isn’t part of the National Park. The Avenue of the Giants used to be a 31-mile section of the Redwood Highway. When Hwy 101 was being widened into a four-lane divided freeway, they bypassed this section. The Avenue of the Giants goes through lots of groves of old-growth redwoods. 53,000-acre Humboldt Redwoods State Park preserves almost 20 percent of the remaining coast redwoods. The...

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Jul 3, 2016 - Samoa Cookhouse, Samoa, California

Today was the day we had to change campsites. They found us another campsite, even though they have no vacancies. It is probably the worst RV site in the park but they didn’t charge us for it so we can’t complain. It is right next to the office/store, the propane filling station and the dump station. It is a small site that doesn’t even have a picnic table. It is a pull-thru but it wasn’t easy to get into because of pickup trucks parked close to both ends of the site. It took driving forward and backing up a few times to get positioned...

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Jul 2, 2016 - Patrick’s Point State Park, Trinidad, California

Our campground is on Patrick’s Point Road. We decided to spend the afternoon hiking at Patrick’s Point State Park, three or four miles up the road. We have a book of day hikes in this area. It describes a 3.6-mile hike in Patrick’s Point State Park, mostly on the Rim Trail. We had problems figuring out the trails right from the start. They are redoing trails and moving some. There aren’t many trail signs so it made it difficult to figure out where we were. There are lots of intersecting trails that aren’t on the park trail map. We hiked...

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Jul 1, 2016 - Bald Hill Road and the Lady Bird Johnson Grove in Redwoods National Park

We spent the afternoon in the Bald Hill Road section of Redwood National Park. We drove up Bald Hill Road and stopped at a couple overlooks. The Redwood Creek Overlook has views out over the Redwood Creek valley. Much of the old-growth forest in the watershed was clear cut in the 1960s and 70s. Some of the tallest redwoods were discovered in the valley in the 1970s and Redwood National Park was enlarged in 1978 to protect them from logging. Much of the logged area has been reforested. Some was reforested by aerial seeding, which results in...

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Jun 30, 2016 - Trillium Falls Trail in Redwood National and State Parks

We drove north to Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park to drive the Cal Barrel Road, a three-mile-long narrow dirt road. It climbs uphill through the redwoods. It is a pretty drive. I thought we might have views from the top of the hill, but at the end of the road there is just a turnaround spot in the woods. Afterwards, we drove up Lost Man Creek Road to a small picnic area for lunch. There were lots of mosquitos so we ate quickly and left. Today’s hike was the 2.5-mile Trillium Falls Loop Trail at the Elk Meadow Day Use Area off Davison...

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Jun 29, 2016 - Emerald Forest Campground in Trinidad, California

We moved today. We drove down Hwy 199 to Crescent City and then south on US-101 to Trinidad. It took about two and a half hours to make the drive. I had to drive slowly on the winding roads with steep grades. In addition, there is road construction everywhere. The edge of the pavement on US-101 is collapsing in a few spots and the road is down to one lane in a couple places. We had to wait to get through. We sat for about fifteen minutes at one spot. We got to Emerald Forest Campground around 12:15. When we went in to register, they didn’t...

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Apr 22, 2016 - Sounds of the Sea RV Park (4/14 - 4/16/16)

We arrived in a small town called Trinidad, CA. We are staying at Sounds of the Sea RV Park. It is not far from the Pacific Ocean. From here we can't actually see the ocean, but can hear the barking of the local seal population. On the ride over from Redding we took a scenic highway, CA 299. It took us through the mountains and was such a wonderful ride. It was about 150 miles of winding mountain road with beautiful views and vistas. Our park is just off US Highway 101. The weather kinda caved in on us that evening, but we decided to drive...

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Sep 22, 2014 - Ferns and fauna

When the sea retreated millions of years ago it left coastal bluffs behind. Waters draining to the ocean sculpted the rocky formations into sheer canyon walls. In this case, the rare result is Fern Canyon. We reached it after driving about 10 miles on a very narrow, winding, gravel road through thick forest and even a couple of low stream crossings (good job Toad!) and then coming out within yards of the beach. It is only a short hike from the parking area but worth every bumpy mile and every step. It is impossible to describe the canyon in...

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Sep 21, 2014 - More redwood exploration

The fog hadn’t rolled back out this morning so it seemed like a good day to explore the redwoods here. The way the parks are labeled is “Redwood National and State Parks.” There seems to be no easy way to delineate where one starts and another ends, and it turns out that’s not necessary. The state parks, Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park, and Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, are interwoven with Redwood National Park. In the late 1800’s logging was the lifeblood of this area. It wasn’t until the 1920’s...

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