Today was a very exciting.... long..... day. We went to visit the Avenue of the Giants in the Humboldt Redwoods State Park. This is a world-famous 31 mile scenic drive with 51,222 acres of redwood groves. The Avenue of the Giants is surrounded by Humboldt Redwoods State Park which has the largest remaining redwoods in the world. I am adding pictures of our many stops along the way. We even drove our car through a huge redwood, it looked close, but we made it. :-) Our most shocking stop was when we pulled over to view a huge tree. After we got a closer look we saw tissue paper all outside plus a fire had been burning inside. Yikes! I guess a hiker had made good use of the huge tree.
After we left the park we decided to drive to see the Lost Coast. It was a LONG ride, much further than we had read about. The Lost Coast - even the name sounds dramatic and it was. :-) The road stretches roughly 80 miles along a rugged, lightly traveled coast backed by a dozen mountain peaks of 2,000 feet all the way up to 4,807 feet at Kings Peak. You see dozens of streams and canyons so rugged the highway builders shook their heads and went elsewhere. Of the four roads that reach this wild coast, two are one-lane dirt and all are twisting and steep.
We were not expecting such a long drive and were getting low on gas. We were very happy to finally arrive in the small town of Ferndale, California and get some gas. It was a fabulous view when we finally got to the coast and well worth the drive, but we were not properly prepared. By the time we got home it had been over 8 hours and we were exhausted. :-) I will let the pictures tell you the rest of the story. More later from Eureka.