Thursday, July 25, 2013. Drove 138 miles to Redwoods RV Resort, Crescent City, CA. Elevation: 94 feet. Low: 51 ; High: 62.
We were going to stop at Cape Blanco Lighthouse, but the wind was blowing at least 50 mph and it was hard to stand outside the truck! We had our lunch in the truck and continued on our way down the coast. We pulled into the Redwoods RV Resort early afternoon and it was an amazing property. Old growth redwood trunks that were huge! 2nd growth redwoods that towered and were at least 75 years old. Our campsite was right under the redwood trees…
We went to the visitor center for Redwood National and State Parks. There are only 100,000 acres of old growth coast redwoods remaining and 40,000 of those acres are in this group of National and State Parks. (In comparison, Muir Woods outside San Francisco is only 295 acres of redwoods!) The trees are surrounded by huge sword ferns and redwood sorrel, a low growing ground cover.
We spent the next 6 days driving to three State parks and the National Park and walking among the old growth redwood trees. Most mornings, there was fog coming in off the ocean. The fog makes up 40% to 50% of the moisture these trees need to thrive. The fog usually burned off by early afternoon.
Friday, July 26, 2013. Jedediah Smith Redwoods SP, Simpson Reed Grove Trail.
Saturday, July 27, 2013. Battery Point Lighthouse, Klamath River, Newton B Drury Scenic Pkwy, Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park.