It's Hiking time again (More Big Trees and Elk)

Trip Start Jul 12, 2013
Trip End Feb 21, 2014

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

With my new pants and hiking shoes in hand we set off from Eureka and headed north to the Redwoods National park. The drive was once again stunning, I'm starting to get used to massive tree's and I'm not sure if regular sized tree's are going to cut the mustard going forward.
First order of business was to find a camp site in the National park. Unfortunately even though we arrived well before 11am (Mornings are becoming a distant memory on this trip) we were unable to secure a site. I could have almost kissed the park ranger when he broke the news to us. I guess it's just going to have to be a hotel night woooo hoooo. Ok with the bad news out of the way we decided to check out the south side of the park. We chose to hike the Trillium Falls 2.5 mile loop. The trail was awsome as we got to have our first encounter with the local Elk population and a Banana slug. Now that i'm a professional hiker we eased through the 2.5 mile hike with ease in a record 1 hour 10 minutes. We decided to have lunch (peanut butter sandwich for me, ham sandwich for Les). While having lunch a heard of Elk came right through where we were eating. Les reached for the camera while I fumbled around in our ruck sack for my new awesome knife (have i mentioned I have a massive knife now?). Not sure what i was going to do with said knife, but the Elk are big creatures and i could have sworn one of them growled at me. We decided it was best for all concerned to cut lunch short and hit up one final hike before grabbing a hotel in Crescent city.
Hike number two of the day included the "Big Tree" (which actually at only 304 feet was a lot smaller than the tree's we had seen at Humboldt national park earlier in the week). As you can imagine I was not impressed, but the hike was fun, this time we completed 3 miles in a little under an hour and a half. 5.5 miles completed for the day is not a bad effort by anyone standards. Time for a well earned shower and beer me thinks.
We headed to Crescent city to find a hotel for the night, stopping off at the local tourist information centre to ask for some recommendations. The two older ladies were very helpful and seemed very excited to meet an Australian. I was also very excited to meet an Australian but was a little confused as it was only me and Les in the office? Anyway we finally ended up at the Lighthouse Inn, which had laundry and free ice (We know how to party). Dinner at Northwoods with beers in the bar to follow.
So we are now officially one week into our trip and the Hotels have it 4 to 3.
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elizabeth on

these are all so funny and real. thanks guys for the diversion and i am actually quite shocked that chris can hang. leslie is the nature rockstar of the two :) keep up the good work! i would be dead by now. lol

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