2013 USA Pacific Northwest travel blog

Trinidad, CA - Sounds of the Sea RV Park - site 2-3

Trinidad, CA - Sounds of the Sea RV Park - site 2-3,...

Redcrest to Trinidad, CA - our route - 67 miles

Scenic Dr 0 - our route - 156 miles

Scenic Dr 1- the clouds are low in the mountains as we...

Scenic Dr 2 - but the skies are blue for the most...

Scenic Dr 3

Scenic Dr 4

Scenic Dr 5 - as we go a little higher and stay...

 

Scenic Dr 7

Scenic Dr 8

Scenic Dr 9

Scenic Dr 10 - as we approach another beach

Scenic Dr 11 - some pretty wildflowers as we go inland and...

Scenic Dr 12 - close to the top here

Scenic Dr 13 - and now back down

Scenic Dr 14 - as we start down the Bigfoot Highway (CA...

Scenic Dr 15 - the Trinity River running beside highway CA 96...

Scenic Dr 16

Scenic Dr 17

Scenic Dr 18 - beautiful mountain views along the drive

Scenic Dr 19 - trying to keep the rock slides from getting...

Scenic Dr 20 - more of the Trinity River

Scenic Dr 21 - one of the vehicles running the streets in...

Scenic Dr 22 - it's all about Bigfoot in this area

Scenic Dr 23 - even the murals on the buildings

Scenic Dr 24 - mountain driving is fun!

Scenic Dr 25 - more construction - they have driven the three...

Scenic Dr 26 - this was in McKinleyville, CA as we came...

Scenic Dr 27

Fern Canyon and Redwoods Drive - our route - 76 miles

Fern Canyon 1 - we had about four miles like this as...

Fern Canyon 2 - one of the streams Libby had to ford...

Fern Canyon 3 and another one - the guy in the car...

Fern Canyon 4 - the cliffs along the drive to Fern Canyon

Fern Canyon 5 - Fern Canyon

Fern Canyon 6

Fern Canyon 7 - as we start down the canyon

Fern Canyon 8

Fern Canyon 9

Fern Canyon 10 - lots of debris on the canyon floor

Fern Canyon 11 - the five-finger fern

Fern Canyon 12 - we have never seen so much fern!!

Fern Canyon 13

Fern Canyon 14 - you can see all of the trees leaning...

Fern Canyon 15 - we saw this guy just after leaving the...

Fern Canyon 16 - now looking back to see if more cars...

Fern Canyon 17 - then he looks at me as if to...

Fern Canyon 18 - another big guy - these are Roosevelt Elk...

Fern Canyon 19 - apparently this cow isn't too happy with the...

Fern Canyon 20 - a younger male with his tongue out

Fern Canyon 21 - one of the calves hightailing it to its...

Fern Canyon 22 - a couple of the calves

Fern Canyon 23 - this cow shows how black the neck can...

Fern Canyon 24 - these were all up and down the beach...

Fern Canyon 25 - a shot of the cliifs from the beach...

Fern Canyon 26 - and Libby patiently awaits - she's such a...

Redwoods 1 - the Big Tree, at least the lower portion of...

Redwoods 2 - the top with the sun not helping - you...

Redwoods 3

Redwoods 4 - some of the redwoods along our Circle Trail path...

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McKinleyville Totem Pole - don't get seasick!

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Gold Bluffs Beach


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.

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