Avenue of the Giants

Trip Start Sep 03, 2010
Trip End Oct 05, 2010

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Avenue of the Giants Leaving Ukiah, Navi online, Bonnie and I roll out. We are heading north on US Highway 101.  As we go there are more twisties and curves.  Some were hidden under welcoming trees, while others switched back along the leeward side of the cliffs. 

As we enjoy the openness of 101, the Redwood Highway we see a sign posting that there will be another sign.  The first sign announced information of the "Avenue of the Giants" Sign is coming up.  They obviously don't want you to miss the Avenue.

I take the bait and land in time to read it.  We were winging it along rather nicely up until the sign.  The sign advises that the road “Avenue of the Giants ran parallel to 101.  This was scheduled to be a short ride day, what the hell.  This is what I came for; to see things I have always wanted to see, figuratively and literally.

We pulled down into the next exit.  After a bit it became quite evident we were in an awesome place.  The road was lined with the largest trees in the country, the redwood trees.  Hamlets were spotted along the route. The majesty of these trees calms me.  The serenity of the ride put me at ease.  My heart rate lessened as did any anxiety present.  I quieted the ipod and listened to the air, the tires, and the trees.

Did you say elk? I start to see postings warning of crossing elk.   I have this before.  I am now back on the Redwood Highway.  I didn’t any elk on the Avenue. I see a crowd of people almost standing in the road.  The all are holding their faces.  As I get closer they are taking pictures of something off the right side of the road.  Oh my God, elk?  Slow down in case one of them want to do what I watched on
TV four weks ago, When animals Attack!”  Two elk bull were fighting for the rights to the elk cows, it got ugly.  Let’s start before Bonnie and I end up on Youtube getting our asses run over by a stampeding elk. 

There they were, chillin’.  The thought came to me, Where the fence?  No fence, just us and them.  If one of them wanted to get on YouTube all they had to do would be to charge.  I took out my camera; I have learned to keep it at the ready.  I took picture, and before I knew it I was also one of the roadside by-standers wondering into the roadway.

I also enjoyed the Harbor.  There were sea lions at play around the boats.  The fish I ate for diner came from this harbor.  I will always remember this place.
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