It was a short 67 miles from Redcrest to Trinidad, CA. It was so short that Doris spent the whole drive talking on the phone (we finally had phone service) and there are no pictures of the trip!! Of course it would have been just more of the same of previous trips.
We are staying at Sounds of the Sea RV Park about six miles north of Trinidad and have a 50-amp, full hookup, back-in site with a clear shot to the satellite and decent Verizon. It's a nice little park with fairly large spaces and they are constantly at work on the landscape which can be good or bad. As long as you don't mind the noise, it's good. If you do mind, it's time to go touring and let them finish before you get back! :)
The afternoon we got here we didn't do much but go to the Redwoods National and State Parks Visitor Center to get some information so we could plan our stay. I guess this area is unique in that this is the only place we have been where the National Park Service and the State share responsibilities. Even the hiking badges have both their names on them. It is the Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park and the Redwoods National Park on the same land. When we went to Fern Canyon on Sunday, there was a State Park kiosk charging $8 for entry to the beach area (like most of their state parks) but since we had a National Park pass, we didn't have to pay - weird!! We also found us a place to eat a late lunch and we just relaxed the rest of the day.
Saturday, we took a scenic drive over the mountains to the Bigfoot Highway, a Scenic Byway. This is actually CA 96 as it runs along the Trinity River from Willow Creek down to where the Trinity River joins the Klamath River on its way to the Pacific. It was a nice drive and had beautiful views of the mountains and the river.
Sunday we headed for Fern Canyon
on the coastal edge of the Redwood National and State Park. That involved a four-mile trip up and over the coastal mountains through the redwood forest on a gravel road. It wasn't too bad and Doris seemed to do OK on it. She seems to have the most trouble with her back when we travel on rough, very bumpy roads with hidden potholes and California has a lot of them. After four miles through the forest, you then drive four miles along the coast to the trailhead. The hike into the canyon was very nice and the canyon itself was something we haven't seen before in our travels. It has large amounts of fern growing down the canyon walls which are only about 50-75 feet high but it was unique in the amount of greenery and there was also a small stream running through the canyon you constantly went back and forth across to avoid the debris on the canyon floor.
Right after leaving the trailhead coming back, we ran into a very large herd of Roosevelt Elk
alongside the road and beach. There were many bulls and cows as well as a few calves. As good as Fern Canyon was, this was the highlight of the day!!
We then came back out to Hwy 101 and took the Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway
through the Park. Along this parkway we stopped at the Big Tree Wayside and took the Circle Trail which goes to the Big Tree
and then goes even farther into the forest through more of that grove and also passes the Corkscrew Tree (also in the previous link). We then drove north through the rest of the parkway, stopping at the Ah Pah Trail
for another hike through the redwoods. All in all, it was a delightful day though we were disappointed a little by the National Park. These trees seemed to be an older growth than we had seen before and were not nearly as large as those through the Avenue of the Giants. It appears we have been spoiled and perhaps, expect too much!!!
Monday was spent doing our normally pre-trip preparations and also getting Libby an oil change. Tomorrow we head about 36 miles north to our last California stop, Klamath, for a five night stay including the Fourth of July.