Fern Canyon attempt number two.

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

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Saturday, July 20, 2013

I can safely say I have now filled my banana slug and elk sightings quota for the year - perhaps a lifetimes worth. 
We set off with a grand plan of a roughly 9 mile loop that would take us from a random mile marker on the 101 down the "moderate" Ossagon trail to the "easy Coastal" trail leading us to what he had missed a couple of days earlier, the not to miss Fern Canyon (supposedly Jurassic Park 2 filmed some scenes there) We had decided against it on Thursday due to a bunch of road works. 
We found the mile marker, success? (173.26 or something overly precise like that) Stocked with bottles of water, 2 sandwiches each, and the bananas mentioned in Chris' earlier post, we set off down the Ossagon trail. It was a fairly steep downgrade so we were already imagining the climb back up at days end. We reached the bottom and thankfully found the next sign for the Coastal trail. I had imagined an easy flat walk along the windswept beach but what we got was a fairly tight trail between some grasses about 4 football fields away from the ocean, I could hear the ocean but certainly could not see it, oh well... we marched on. At one point the next trail marker we came across had been uprooted and lay on the ground...always good for helping to know the next turn. Thankfully we seemed to choose the right fork in the path and carried on. All was going well until came out into a clearing and upon 3 large male elk with MASSIVE antlers. Our previous elk encounter seemed like child's play...we had been near a parking lot, lots of other people around etc. Now we were alone, very alone and felt extremely vulnerable. We watched them for a while and decided they were far enough to our right that we could keep on going until we passed through the next section to find the rest of the herd grazing to their hearts content right on top of and all around the trail ahead. All we really knew is that you are not supposed to approach them on foot and that they can weigh about 1200 lbs - with that in mind we backtracked a bit and had a sandwich (Chris with his tried and tested peanut butter and me Ham and cheese) and tried to wait them out. 25 minutes later and they were still all over our path and would rear their massively antlered heads up at us when they saw us near. 
We decided it was not meant to be and made the evil torturous hike/climb back up to the road (later we realized it was about a 800 foot ascent back to the car).

Somewhat defeated we drove back towards camp but not before stopping at the legendary "Trees of Mystery" in Klamath to have our Kodak moments with the giant Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue the OX. Having seen 1 gazillion trees by now we voted against paying the fee for the gondola tour. We snapped our pics, listened to the pretty hilarious guy doing the voice of Paul Bunyan (he would answer questions and tell jokes that you asked the sculpture...strange and wonderful) We attempted a bit of culture by swinging through the native American museum but that was fairly short lived. 

Eventually we arrived back to the campsite where I immediately passed out on our air mattress. Camping is for the young... like maybe 15 year olds. I am exhausted. So tired that Chris actually corrected MY spelling for once on this entry. 
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Where's the pics of Fern Valley?

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