Redwood Forest

Trip Start Apr 28, 2009
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Trip End Sep 30, 2009


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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

The amazing Coastal Redwood forests of Northern California... truly remarkable!

I thought going to see the Giant Sequoias in Yosemite was going to be cool... but I was confusing old trees with massive trees! Really massive trees.

We left Point Arena early in the morning, driving north along the coast through the mist. Winding along the coast, we got to see some amazing coastline despite the mist! But as soon as we headed inland, the mist was left behind and we were in bright, warming sunshine. Winding through the forest means that the travelling is slow, but it's well worth the extra time.

Our first stop was the amazing world famous drive through tree (we passed two more world famous drive through trees that day, so not sure which one it really was)! Brooke got out the car to take a photo of me edging the car through the tree with not much room to spare. We bypassed the gift shop to continue up the coast and left Highway 1 to take the 101 north.

A little ways along that route saw us take the scenic alternative, known as the Avenue of the Giants. It's the original highway that wound its way through the forest, with massive redwoods lining the road.

As it was a five hour drive from Point Arena to Klamath, we didn't linger anywhere too long and when we rolled into the car park of the hostel, we were ready for a drink and a rest! Alas, the hostel was an alcohol free zone!

But our day wasn't over... somehow, a musical couple known as Troubaduo had been lured to our hostel by the management and we were treated to a 2 hour acoustic set of original songs and covers. Sitting in the living room with the lights dimmed and the fire going, mugs of hot chocolate and good music and good company was a real treat. After their set, we bought a cd and introduced them to Bernard Fanning, whose style we thought they would appreciate (and rightly so it turned out).

The following day we cruised back along the coast to view more redwood forest, an elk meadow (with not much elk) and go on a Gondala ride through the tree tops! The gondala ride was kinda cool, but the walk up to it through a bizarre collection of chainsaw carvings telling the story of an old lumberjack was less so. Maybe we should've taken the shuttle provided for fat arse lazy Americans who can't walk more than 10 mins without a break for a corn dog and soda!

From there is was down to the beach opposite our hostel, where Brooke took the opportunity to get creative her photography while I did boy things like climbing and exploring amongst the rocks!

But it is the trees that we'll remember from this part of the trip. The massiveness of the trees made us feel so small and irrelevant in the grand scheme of things!
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