Land of the Giants

Trip Start Sep 17, 2010
Trip End Apr 16, 2011

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

On Halloween, we traveled to Crescent City, Ca (50 miles) and stayed in a campground right on the ocean. It was very wet and the wind was blowing hard. We did some exploring around town and saw a lot of California shoreline.

Yesterday we travelled through some of the Redwood Forest to get here. These trees are absolutely amazing giants. We did a walk through at one of the stops along the way and then took the "Sky Trail" gondola to the top for views of the ocean and all the trees. Gwen enjoyed the gondola ride especially when Gord had to stand to take photos. It was a very humbling walk, made you think of how special these trees are.

Some are a couple of thousand years old. In one spot there was a “cathedral” of trees where weddings have been performed. It was one of those places that gives you goose-bumps. We both were deeply humbled and got a little teary. (Gord had allergies.)

Paul Bunyon supposedly lived in these forests with “Babe” his blue ox, so hence the photos of him in the blog. Note that Babe was male….

Today was another special day travelling through the “Avenue of Giants”, a 31 mile long side road off the main highway through some old growth forests. Truly spectacular to see all the giants.  

Got to drive through a hollow tree, so that was kinda cool. We did lots of geo-caching along the route (4 hours to drive 31 miles)so got to venture into the forests often. The vegetation is so thick it's actually dark and not easy to photograph. Gord the ex forester started to think green thoughts and now understands the need to conserve some of these treasures.  Did I say that??

On November 3rd we explored north of Eureka and would have seen some great views of the ocean had it not been so foggy. Almost too dark for photos. We learned that this place is in fog most of the year. Kind of like Gord....
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Gary Miltenberger on

My home town, Shelton, Washington, on Washingon's Olympic Peninsula, also claims Paul Bunyan, and his Blue Ox named "Babe". For many years, the local home-tow theatre was the "Blue Ox Theatre", until it was condemned and torn down. The old growth Douglas firs there were every bit as impressive as the redwoods, but they are all gone nonw, harvested for lumber, except for the ones in the Olympics National Park.

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