The world's tallest growing trees, called Coastal Redwoods, can be found along the northern california coast and these 2000 year old giants can reach heights of over 300 feet. Most of the Redwoods are now protected within the perimeters of the Redwood National Park, but south of here there are 3 trees that late in the 1800's had huge holes cut in their trunks so that cars can drive right through them. We spent a day in the national park, stopping to walk some of the trails and to see how big these trees are up close.
Driving west for the final time on our road trip we made our way back to the northern californian coast, once again through some amazing scenery. We arrived in a town called Fort Bragg and found a nice cheap campground on the edge of town with a short trail from where we pitched our tent to the sea. This area is a hot spot for fishing, clamming and surfing and almost everyone in the campground had a wetsuit hanging out to dry! We walked down to the beach to watch the sunset and admired anyone brave enough to actually get in the water here - the surf was wild and there were huge rocks jutting out along the entire stretch of coastline. A few people had told us about sneaker waves - big waves that come out of nowhere, catch you off-guard, and have claimed several lives on these beaches. Before we left Fort Bragg the next morning we squeezed in another couple of hours on the beach, and then at 11.30 managed to find a diner showing the England Vs Algeria game to watch over brekie.