Redwoods Days One and Two

Earlier this year, Mike and I drove 12 (!!!!) hours to Northern California to see the redwoods. We drove from LA to San Francisco and spent the night there, then drove the rest of the 6 hours the next day. On our way out of San Francisco, we stopped at the San Rafael Mission (we love the CA missions!). It was really nice and peaceful. There were a few stops along the way, like a house that was made out of a hollowed out log and a redwood that you could drive through!

The first day we were in the redwoods, we went to Crescent City, which was north of where we stayed. It’s almost at sea level, which makes it uniquely susceptible to tsunamis. The city has seen damage from two tsunamis in history. They have a lighthouse on an island, which is the highest point in the city, but is only accessible during low tide. It was a really neat place and was a nice way to spend the morning before we got to the redwoods!

This area of California is made up of three different parks – Redwood National and State Parks, Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, and Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park. Our first day, we spent time in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park. We did a drive on Howland Hill Road, which is described as “a dirt road where the redwoods kiss your car.” It’s a 10 mile drive that winds through a redwood forest and there are literally times where you have to maneuver the car in order to get between trees! Mike took a great video of the drive:

After the drive, we did a short hike and drove back to the hotel. On the way back, we discovered a place called Elk Meadow – there were no elk present, but we decided that we would stop here every day to keep an eye on the elk situation. Later in the week, this paid off! But for now, here are the elk-free pictures from our trip north and the first day in the redwoods!

San Rafael Mission Sign, San Rafael, 2021
(New) San Rafael Arcangel Mission, San Rafael, 2021
(Old) San Rafael Mission, San Rafael, 2021
Stained Glass, San Rafael , 2021
Chandelier Tree, Leggett, 2021
Jetty, Crescent City, 2021
Low Tide, Crescent City, 2021
Battery Point Lighthouse, Crescent City, 2021
Creekside, Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, 2021
Smith River, Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, 2021
Redwood Butt, Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, 2021
Tranquility, Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, 2021
Scream, Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, 2021
Mike Offers Perspective, Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, 2021
Twisted, Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, 2021
Peaceful Pathway, Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, 2021
Forest Bridge, Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, 2021
Fallen Giant, Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, 2021
Growth from Death, Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, 2021
Winding, Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, 2021
Redwoods Meet the Pacific, Crescent City, 2021
Driftwood, Crescent City, 2021
City Overlook, Crescent City, 2021

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