Trees and ocean....

Trip Start Apr 20, 2012
Trip End Sep 01, 2012

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Where I stayed
Prairie Creek Campground
What I did
Coastal Redwoods

Flag of United States  , California
Wednesday, June 20, 2012

There was no animal excitement in the night, however there was some entertaining stories from our day today that will shortly be relayed. Due to the fact that we were staying put today, as well as the quite cold temperatures last night, nobody arose from their sleeping bags for more than a quick wee stop before nearly 8am this morning. As we slowly moved around and began to get warm, we had breakfast and loaded up into Odie ready to tackle the day exploring and sightseeing in the land of the Coastal Redwoods; the tallest measured trees in the world. Our first stop after leaving the campground was "The Big Tree" which has been measured at over 300 feet tall and over 1500 years old. We also learned some information that may be useful to share, as we were recently asked, "What is the difference between a Redwood and a Giant Sequoia?" Well, here it is, as we understand it…..There are three species of Redwoods in the World; Coastal Redwoods which are found on the California Coast and are the tallest trees in the world, Giant Sequoia which are another species of Redwood tree that are the largest (by volume) trees in the world, and Dawn Redwood which are only found in China. All of these species of trees have been found on Earth since before the Dinosaurs so, in effect, they have outlived the dinosaurs! Thank you for being a part of our factual tree tour of California.
We then wandered bit further up the scenic drive and decided to take the short walk to Moorman Pond, while this was disappointing in that there was no pond, but rather a wet area to be found, it was actually our walk/explore of the day. When we finished it, we all agreed that if we took no more walks today, this would have been worth it, in of itself. This was probably because we managed to get far enough off the road that we heard no cars, walked amongst an open and towering stand of Coastal Redwoods, spent the time with our necks craned back to look at the tops of the trees far, far above us, and managed to spy and photograph the Giant Banana Slug. All Tim could think of, after taking  photo with his Leatherman to provide scale and perspective, was how in the heck was Bear Grylls going to eat this one?!?!?! It was a great walk and gave us all pause to think about and admire these tall and ramrod straight giant trees; very grounding indeed. 
Then it was time to head further up the coast in order to go to Crescent City and make the second Odie repair of the trip. She had blown out a brake light so we quickly replaced that and all was well in Odie-land again. We got some groceries, caught up on emails at McDonalds (thanks Ronald for the wifi), and prepared to turn around and head south again and back to our tent-site. The drive north to Crescent City had been short on views and long on sea fog over the ocean. It was weird weather conditions because as we drove parallel to the coast, we were in blue skies and sunshine, but despite our opportunities to overlook the ocean, we could see nothing due to the low cloud/fog that clung to the coastline.  Nevertheless, on our way back we pulled into one of the beaches along the way with the idea of a short walk along the beach and explore around the near point. Well, the longer we stayed, the more the sun broke through the clouds and the more the beach began to resemble a playground for the kids and us to explore. Before we knew it, the sun had completely broken through, the kids were playing and building log bridges on the edge of a tidal lagoon where he had encamped, and Tim was returning to Odie to get water, beer, bags for driftwood firewood and sun hats. The kids managed to push into the deep water of the lagoon a large tree trunk that was large enough to pole around and serve as a raft. Despite the log attempting to roll on a couple of occasions and Eli desperately climbing up the log to avoid falling completely in the water, they had a grand time as they pushed their poling stick into the soft sand and slowly travelled through the small lagoon. Finally, they managed to make it back to a log near the edge and Tim helped them, to get off the log raft and onto the first of a series of logs that they could hop across as they navigated back to the sand. The final step was a bit dicey and required a leap longer than their legs, so 'Good Ol' Mum" came halfway out and extended her hand for Lily to use as balance as she made this final leap. Well, Lily (as she is prone to do) simply launched herself towards Jess with no plan for where her feet and momentum would take her, and somehow managed to fall back into the water while at the same time pulling Jess towards the lagoon water and wet sand. For a moment it looked as if Jess would crunch right on top of Lily with her full weight as Lily had set the scene so that Jess was falling directly on top of her. Well, Jess, being the good Mum that she is, twisted in midair in order to avoid falling on Lily, but this midair acrobatics meant that she had no chance to save herself, let alone throw out her arms to break the fall and managed to splash in the shallow water while at the same time face planting into the wet sand and coming up covered with wet sand from left ear to right calf. It was hard for Tim and Eli not to giggle and laugh hysterically while Jess spluttered and spat sand from her mouth and blew it from her nose. Fortunately, all ended well and Jess herself had a wry smile as it was all happening. That was our excitement for the afternoon.
It was then time to head back to camp for showers, especially well-deserved for Jess, dinner and bed. Tomorrow we are off to Crater Lake National Park and the state of Oregon.
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Amanda on

Wow Jess I bet that fall was spectacular I was looking forward to seeing a pic of you but I guess Tim wasn't allowed to show that one. lol!!

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