After a long day of driving on twisty, turny, and hilly roads we arrived in the Redwoods. We found a little mom and pop campground for a reasonable price in Klamath, CA (known for the Klamath River and it’s Chinook Salmon and Steelhead). Unlike the weather in Shenandoah, it was 50, cloudy, and foggy upon our arrival and when we woke up Saturday. Not letting the weather stop us, we headed out in search of some big trees. We found them… The Redwoods are known for being the tallest trees in the world. The forests were actually quite amazing, especially with the coastal fog, which gave them a rain foresty feel. We lucked out on timing as the rhododendrons were in bloom adding some great color to the lush, green, mossy forest. We had fun trying to capture the sights on camera, each taking shots from a different perspective. Our first day ended with a Salmon BBQ back at the campground. The salmon was very tasty and we had fun around the fire chatting with fellow travelers.
Sunday brought another gray, cool day but this didn’t stop us from continuing our exploration of the Redwood National and State Parks. We took short jaunts to see the “Corkscrew Tree” and the “Big Tree”, which were less than impressive, but after the Sequoias we may be a little jaded. Our plan was to hike to the “Tall Tree” grove, home of the tallest trees in the world. The Ranger talked us out of it as the Tall Trees are at the end of a newer growth forest that isn’t too impressive. She also shared that the “Big Trees” aren’t marked, so basically they would look much like any other in more interesting groves. We opted to take a 3.5 mile loop through an old growth forest, which was quite pretty. It was interesting to see all of the memorials along the trail. Apparently, naming groves and trees is popular in the Redwoods. We found several interesting creatures on the trail… There were huge snails, banana slugs, jumbo beetles, and centipedes. Our feature creatures of the day had to be the elk. There were several herds posing for us in Elk Meadow (go figure).
Monday brought more poor weather. We took a trip into Eureka to find new hiking shoes. We have actually worn out our Keens. After shoe shopping, Chris had to visit a couple of local microbreweries. The Lost Coast and The Six Rivers Breweries were fun stops. We ended the evening with a fire with our new friends in the campground. Weather will continue to be an issue for the next few days. Grey and rain for the whole coast. Looks like we will finally have time to finalize our Alaska plans.