We made just a little trip back north upon leaving the campground to visit the beachside for the southern part of the Redwoods NP. We walked the beach and watched the waves and birds for awhile. No shells to be found on this black beach, but we did see neat stones and pieces of driftwood.
The highlight of the day was the Avenue of the Giants, north to south. This year, I stopped at the trail to the Founder's Tree to walk amongst the giants. They provided a guide map and markers so that we could learn about what plants we were seeing and how the Redwoods interact with all that grows in the forest.
We veered inland on 101 instead of taking Route 1 down the coast because the day was getting late and I wanted to get as close to San Francisco as possible for tomorrow's journey.