Route 66 and The Pacific Coast Highway travel blog

There are this big.

 

Avenue of the Giants.

Third largest tree in the forest.

 

Hiking to the river.

Fire damage. Doesn't bother the trees and is healthy for the forest.

The Eel River.


Woke up to fog this morning. Left the campground at 9:00 AM and most of the fog had started to burn off. KOA was a good spot but expensive compared to what we were used to spending. Marilyn was nervous but it was a good drive with only a couple of tricky spots. Turned inland at Fort Bragg and that road was interesting. Had all been repaved so was in great condition but very twisty and winding. Some ups and downs but no cliffs. Joined US 101 at Willits and then it was smooth sailing. Alternated between 2 and 4 lanes. Some ups and downs but not bad. You have to expect this when driving through the Coast Mountains. Cut off the 101 at Phillipsville to join a parallel road called Avenue of the Giants. Amazing. Right through an old growth redwood forest. Trees literally right beside the road. We decided to stay in Humbolt Redwoods State Park at the Burlington Campground. Wow! This is the largest area of old growth redwoods in the world. 17 000 acres. Saw the third largest tree in the area. It was huge. Very dark and damp as it had rained earlier in the day and was still misty at times. Could have gone to bed at 4:30 PM it was so dark. Hiked to the Eel River, diner and bed.



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