The Oregon Trail 2018 travel blog

Ferns of our acquaintance

Wildlife for the day - see the spots on the little ones?

This tree is enough wood to construct 8 standard 2-bedroom homes

One of those sharp drop-offs on our trail

Such an interesting trail

There were carpets of Redwood Sorrel everywhere

"Roll on, O dark blue sea"

Posing nicely

We never saw him catch anything


A field of colorful weeds can be pretty too

Crescent City, CA After dragging our sweat-soaked bodies over 2 miles in Loeb State Park through mosquito infested woods that looked the same as in prehistoric times on a narrow trail choked with tree roots, filled with rocks, up steep inclines, down treacherous slopes, and along innumerable switchbacks, we asked each other, “Why did we do this?” Well, we did learn a few things along the way. We can identify 4 different types of ferns, and know the difference between the needles of Redwoods and Douglas Firs. We saw a redwood tree 33’ 8” in circumference and 286’ tall that contains enough wood to construct 8 standard 2-bedroom homes. And we learned that the Mountain Beaver (elusive little devil) is not related to the common beaver and has no tail. We visited a grove of Myrtlewood trees, as well, many of which are well over 200 years old. This is our last day among Redwoods and Myrtlewood as we will move on tomorrow. Then we went off to play at the beach - also our last visit - and to watch the fog roll in. We strolled along the beach picking up interesting rocks and shells as did many other visitors - after all, one can never have too many rocks.

Share |