Day 148: Hug a Tree

Trip Start Oct 17, 2013
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Trip End Mar 22, 2014


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Thursday, March 13, 2014

When I woke up I thought it was raining... I finally figured out that it was the air conditioner making all the noise. The weather outside was actually beautiful (sorry people back in NY dealing with the massive snow storm). We had another huge breakfast at the hotel and packed up the car. 

Today was Redwood National Park day. We made it to Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park and Jedediah Smith State Park. Everything was so beautiful in this area of the state, even highway 101. The drive down to the first park was about an hour and it took us through tall trees with ocean views.  

Right off highway 101 was a scenic route called Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway. This section of road took us even deeper into the redwood trees. We made a few stops along the way. The first stop was to a tree called "Big Tree". It was over 300 ft tall and 1500 years old. I wanted to hug this tree but there was a fence around it. We took a short circle loop walk in the area around this tree and saw some more trees that looked just as big. I found another tree that was suitable for hugging. Also along the scenic route was a neat tree called the Corkscrew tree. It was a pretty large tree that sort of did a twirl upwards as it grew. I hope the picture explains it better. 

A little farther south from the scenic parkway was a pull off to see some elk. There were definitely elk present and they were pretty close to the car. We were warned that elk were 'wild and unpredictable' so I was a bit scared that one was going to charge the car. We snapped a few pictures and headed on.

The farthest south we got was the Lady Bird Johnson Grove. We made it to the plaque that marked the dedication of the forest. It is hard to believe that people had to fight to protect these trees at one point. 

Heading back north we took a scenic loop outside of Klamath that took us along the ocean. We paused at a few places to see if there were any whales in the distance. The only thing we ended up seeing was a farm house that was actually a disguised radar operation during WWII. No whales today. The drive was again pretty though. We could have spent days there and still not gotten sick of seeing the huge trees. 

Right before we were about to run out of gas we spotted a sign for a redwood that you can drive your car through. Just in case, we decided to get gas first and then drive through the tree... we didn't want to get stuck. Turns out the tree was just a short way up a hill on private property. There were two other cars waiting in line to drive through before us. While we were waiting we were thinking of a creative thing to do so that our picture would not look like everyone else. We ended up opening the sunroof and standing up through it. Creative huh? Probably not totally original, but we had fun doing it. 

The Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park was awesome. On a recommendation from the lady at the information center we took a scenic road through the park called Howland Hill Road/Douglas Park Road (according to the map). We stopped off at a section of the park called Stout Grove. We ended up taking the River Trail out to the Stout Grove park. This area of the park was the best yet. It had the most magical looking redwood trees. They looked like there were out of a fantasy book or something. There was little underbrush in this area and we could see the tree from root to almost the top. Many of the trees in this area were super old and therefore super tall. At one point John and I had to climb over a gigantic fallen redwood that blocked the path. I felt so small climbing around on top of the horizontal trunk. This walk was the best part of the day and the true redwood experience I was looking for

We said goodbye to the tall trees and continued north into Oregon to John's brother's house to spend the night. We stopped for some Mexican food along the way. I think that tomorrow we might get to see his brother in lawyer action mode. Fingers crossed. We might also make it out to another waterfall nearby. I am excited. 

# of countries: 42
# of states: 3
# of cities: 88
# of bus rides: 20
# of taxis: 2
# of trains: 174
# of flights: 14
# of ferries: 3
#of monies found: 17.78 Euros, 8.05 soles, 39 cents American, 10 cents Bolivian, 46 cent Canadian, 15 Swiss francn'cents , 11 Czech Republic things, 5 cents Croatian, 2 Hungarian fillers (not in use), 10 Romanian lei cents, 3.70 pounds, 1 Ukrainian coin, 3 Danish kroner, 22 Norwegian kroner, 2.4 Latvia lats (no longer in use, exchanged for 2.85 euros at the bank), 1 Lithuanian Centu, 71 Polish cents, 3.5 Thai baht, 150 Indonesian Rupia, 15 Singapore cents, 20 Malaysian cents, 2 Japanese yen, 5130 Korean Won
# of New beers: 92 
# of times we did laundry: 8
#of languages we know how to say Butterfly in: 30
# of holes Amber's sneakers: 6
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Mom on

We fell in love with the pictures! We could almost feel the serenity of the place! Thanks for sharing-again!!! Hard to believe I remember being there so many years ago!

cowlady18
cowlady18 on

Brings back so many wonderful & awe inspired memories! Hey! Guess who saw the Northern Lights tonight? ME! Watching "Live from Space" on Nat Geo! It repeats at 11 PM my time so if you have cable, check & see if it's on at *PM there! AWESOME!

Dad and Cheryl on

Beautiful pictures, the trees are amazing! Enjoy!
Love dad and Cheryl

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