Huds Oregon/California Trip 2012 travel blog

Welcome to California


hiking in redwoods

same as above

Klamath River

David next to redwood

walking in the redwoods



David in a redwood

David next tp redwood

Paul Bunyun at Trees of Mystery

Tram car

Our last day in Oregon, it’s on to California. The drive from Crater Lake to Klamath, CA is on a state highway, but the road is pretty good. More logging trucks, they seem to be everywhere we go. It is mostly forests, we are not seeing any houses until we are almost at the California border. We are saying goodbye to no taxes and having our gas pumped for us. We had already faced some high gas prices, the diesel fuel at Crater Lake was $4.69 a gallon, so when we saw $3.99 a gallon we were happy . We hadn’t really expected the gas prices to be high until we got to California. Oregon was all over the place, from as low as $3.38 to $3.99 (except for Crater Lake). Oh well, as our friend Jacques says you will never regret taking a trip, you will only regret that you didn’t go. An unusual thing happened when we entered California, everyone had to stop and they asked if you had any fruits or vegetables. I said I had some cherries and the agent said he would have to look at them and then he took them. They were especially interested in citrus, which thankfully I didn't have any. We had never encountered that type of thing within the US borders only when we crossed back and forth into Canada. We are going to Klamath, CA to see the Redwoods. Redwoods is a combination of National Park and State Parks. The redwoods were originally owned by logging companies, which were cutting them down in alarming rates. The state of California stepped in and bought some land from the loggers establishing State Parks, but people started noticing that even though there were state parks, logging was bumping right up against the park boundaries, and in the process was changing the environment around the state parks. In the early 1970’s Lady Bird Johnson was instrumental in establishing Redwoods National Park in conjunction with the State Parks. The Redwoods National Park is about 40 miles long between Crescent City, CA and Orick, CA. The Redwoods Highway is about 230 miles long and dips in and out along the coast of California. There are numerous State Parks and scenic drives through the redwoods. Our campground is by the Klamath River, which is very clear and pretty. We took Sage for a walk to the river and she walked right in and started drinking. She seemed to enjoy walking in the river (except for the rocks). Most of the people in the campground are here for the fishing. The salmon are “running” and there is a guide staying in the park. David considered going fishing, but we were there over the weekend and he was already booked up. They are catching steelhead as well but you cannot keep the steelhead. There is a Native American tribe in this area, the Yurok and they are allowed to catch all the salmon and steelhead they want for subsistence. The only down side of this campground is our AT&T phone has no service.

14 July 2012 We are starting at Crescent City, Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, named for the first white man to travel overland from the Mississippi to California. We are following a scenic drive through the giant redwoods. We stopped and took several hikes into the redwood forests. The trees are so tall you can’t see the tops, some stand 300 feet (that’s as long as a football field) and 21 feet at the base. Even though redwoods are among the largest trees, the pine cones they shed are among the smallest, about the size of a sweet gum ball. They do not reproduce through the pines cones, but through burls that form at the base of the tree. We saw many examples of this, where trees were growing from the bases of a much larger tree. Among the redwoods are ferns everywhere. The ferns seem to thrive in the same conditions as the redwoods. The redwoods are an amazing site – you just can’t imagine the size of them. It is a very pleasant hike because the temperature is in the low 60’s and the trees provide complete shade. It is very beautiful and peaceful in the redwoods. The town of Crescent City is on the coast and is much colder than when we were more inland in Redwoods Ntl. Park. The coast line has been shrouded in fog while we have been here, so no pictures. At times the fog is so thick we can’t even see the water. We went to Trees of Mystery, it has a giant Paul Bunyon and his blue ox in front. For a fee you walk through some more redwoods and board an aerial tram that takes you up over the trees. Didn’t really think this was worth the price of admission. They did have a nice gift shop and museum there.

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