It is a cool but sunny morning as we pulled out of the Best Western hotel in Garbersburg heading toward Redwoods National Park. Our first stop was at the local grocery where we purchased 2 bags of potato chips, a loaf of bread, chocolate chip cookies, a pound of ham, and a half pound of Swiss cheese, all for an expensive $30.
Redwood National Park is about 90 miles up the road, and on the way we pass a sign for Redwoods California State Park visitors center. We decide to stop in and get some information. The staff was very friendly and there were a lot of great exhibits. One of the exhibits was a giant “camper” made from a single downed redwood tree.
There also was a Junior Ranger program going on and the school teacher in Babs had her take this picture.
Babs took a photo of this “weather” rock. If the rock is wet it’s going to rain. If you see the rocks shadow it’s going to be sunny. Sounds like a variation of Punxsutawney Phil!
The Redwoods California State Park was unbelievably beautiful! There was an abundance of giant redwood trees towering so high the sun was blocked. We stopped at several places for photos.
The state park was around 20 miles of road and there were no businesses or picnic areas until we left the park. On the way out we spotted these elk.
A short time after getting back on US101 we got to a rest area and had a picnic lunch.
The rest area had some gorgeous rhododendron and magnificent redwoods.
Finished with our picnic, we continued on to the Redwood National Park. I didn’t realize that a big part of Redwood National Park is seashore. Our first stop was the national park visitors center where Babs and Doe got their passport books stamped. I bought Babs a tee-shirt and Christmas ornament while Babs and Doe walked down to the ocean.
After stopping at the visitors center we proceeded north on US101 to drive through the park with great expectation of seeing even greater giant redwoods. We were greatly disappointed to find out that the drive through the park was on a “regular” highway with a 55 mph speed limit, few giant redwoods, and nowhere to pull over and enjoy those that were there. The state park definitely had the best venue.
As we were leaving the park, immediately after passing the north entrance/ exit to the park there was an overlook Babs and Doe wanted to see and I had passed. I turned around so they could take these shots.
The park ends at Crescent City, CA where we at spending the night at a Quality Inn which was one of the two hotel names we recognized.
Before dinner we drove around to the harbor to see if we could see some California seals. We found these fellas(?).
Dinner tonight was at a restaurant called the Northwoods Restaurant. Everything was excellent. Service was great as was the food. Babs had fried oysters, I had calamari steak, Doe had Halibut, and Mel peel & eat shrimp.
It got very cool, low 50’s, but Doe & Babs walked out on the jetty at sunset to snap some more photos.
Tomorrow we will be in Oregon.
Babs Says:Big Foot is well and alive here. Just pay your money and you can meet him face to face and even have your picture taken with him (or her?).