These days in northern California, the sunshine is warm but shady areas are downright cool and the occasional breeze is just plain cold so we keep a sweatshirt closeby. The drive approaching this campground was nice and we started seeing some large redwood trees.
|It's obvious the road was carefully placed to show off the redwoods!|
|The campground entrance. I could stay here a month easily.|
|This is our site. |
Except for Saturday night, there were no neighbors on either side of us.
All these people around us left within two days.
A famous Redwood is across the street from our campground. The Grandfather Tree attraction is closed for repair so we didn't get to see it.
|It seems wood carving is really BIG around here.|
|So the Grandfather Tree is 1800 years old and stands 245 feet.|
Too bad we didn't get to see the actual tree.
|I really think this is a tourist trap roadside store but we stopped to take a look. Purchases...none. But they had a big neon yellow "Shrek" I really liked -- $2500 would buy it. Wayne said "no" --|
We drove about 45 miles north along the new portion of US 101 to the northern entry of the Avenue of the Giants and made our way south, traveling parallel to the Eel River and the new section of US 101 to the southern exit of the Avenue at Phillipsville.
|Looking up into the tree tops.|
|I was a little bit afraid something alive might be in there!|
The forests of giant redwoods is breathtakingly beautiful. The view is almost pre-historic. Like at Yosemite, I felt very small standing among these huge surroundings. But today's bright sunlight breaking through the trees onto the car's windshield was almost blinding -- like having your photo taken at night with a flashbulb. It was hard to drive.
|These trees are really big.|
|The sunshine coming straight down through the treetops make a flash of light onto the car's windshield.|
Tomorrow we'll head farther north, stopping for a few days at Eureka.
|The Eel River runs parallel to the scenic route through the Redwoods.|
|I just couldn't resist including this cute picture of Lexie in the little daisies. |
This was taken at the campground.