After about two months in Oregon, we finally made our way into California. Our first stop was the Redwood National Forest, which neither of us had ever been to. We stayed at the Redwoods RV Resort in Crescent City, which was nestled right amongst the redwoods. It was a nice quiet park with good size spaces and it was a good spot for exploring the area.
Even with my widest lens, it was impossible to capture the magnitude of these trees with my camera. I normally prefer to shoot most pictures in landscape mode, but that just doesn’t cut it when you’re trying to photograph trees that are over 200 feet tall. It’s also hard to accurately capture the scale, but luckily I have a 6′ 4″ prop at my disposal.
We explored Highway 101 going south, and saw the beautiful sight of the Klamath River meeting the Pacific Ocean.
We tried to visit the Battery Point lighthouse, which was one of the first lighthouses on the California coast. Unfortunately you can only visit this lighthouse during low tide, and as you can see it was high tide when we were there!
I love a good cheesy tourist stop, and boy did we find one at Trees of Mystery. I saw this huge statue of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox and nearly caused Deas to wreck when I started screaming for him to pull over. We didn’t pay the ridiculously high admission price to walk on their trail through the trees, but I did get a good laugh out of Paul “talking” to us in the parking lot.
Our stay in the Redwoods was pretty brief, as we are trying to get back to the Southeast by early November. And there’s a whole lot of ground to cover between now and then!
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How funny! Looks like we both posted on the same area at the same time! I hear you’ve gone to the 395..we may see a there depending on how long you hang around. Enjoy those fall colors!
That is too funny! Great minds think alike, right? Yes we are on 395 now and loving it! Hoping to meet up with the Watsons today – we’re planning on moving slowly so we should be able to hook up with y’all too. Fun!
Jenn, your Uncle Eddie had a fit when we had to drive past Paul Bunyan – couldn’t stop because we were in the RV and I guess there was no place to pull over going North. Anyway, if he had seen the high admission price, it would have dampened his enthusiasm for going there. Did you all see some place out in the desert somewhere that huge dinosaurs? I can’t remember the state.
The price was ridiculous – and I couldn’t really figure out what it got you besides a walk in the woods! There was a place on the Oregon coast that had dinosaurs, but I don’t recall seeing anything in the desert.
Well we just missed you by a week. We to visited and loved the Redwood and stayed at the same RV park. I understand your frustrations trying to take the pictures of such a beautiful trees. I too was not able to capture their beauty. we’re in Newcastle California waiting on some more repairs and then we’re going to head east to our winter destination in Florida. Safe travels hope to see you this winter in Florida.
We were actually there about 2 weeks ago – I’m just behind on my blogging! We’re going to start heading east back to Florida in a week or two ourselves. Haven’t decided what route we’re taking yet – which way are you going? Maybe we can catch up with each other somewhere along the way. But if not we’ll definitely see you in Florida!
Glad to know someone else is behind on blogging. We are in Newcastle, CA and will be here for a few days before heading to Reno for a couple days, then across NV, towards Kansas City and St. Louis before heading south down HWY 55.