Big Ol' Trees

Trip Start Sep 05, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of United States  , California
Monday, September 24, 2012

First stop: Redwood State and National Park Info Center. Here we learned that it costs $35 a night to set up a tent here, which to us was an outrageous sticker price for a 10'x10' square of land to sleep on. We asked about our other options, and learned about a few backcountry sites that were not only free, but within a short walking distance of where we could put the car. Yes!

We drove down a winding dirt road, parked on a beautiful spot overlooking the ocean, and walked up the hill a short way to a well-kept campsite complete with picnic table and fire ring. Perfect! This sure beats paying for the same thing down the road, but being surrounded by RVers.

Soon we figured out a good system of cooking and eating by the car (who doesn't love a sweet view of the sun setting on the water while they dine?) so that we didn't have to cart everything up to the campsite, and then having a nice fire and some s'mores up the hill afterwards.

We took a great hike through the Prairie Creek region of the park, and were just in awe of how big these trees are! Massive redwoods in beautiful old growth forests for miles, and we didn't see another soul along the entire trail.

The following day we hiked through a different part of the park, and saw 1000+ year old trees. Apparently one of the Jurassic Park movies was filmed there, and it was easy to see why. The trail ended in Fern Canyon, which is a series of small rickety walkways over a trickling stream at the bottom of a steep canyon. The walls of the canyon are absolutely covered with bright green ferns, and it made you just want to lean into the huge soft walls. These have been some of our favorite trails of the trip so far!

We were very happy to spend a few days in the redwoods, and loved our quasi-backcountry camping discovery. But now it was time to head to the big city! Onward to San Francisco to see one of Jonas's best friends from Stanford, Doug, and his family. Little did we know what a mission it would be to get there...

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