CALI ROAD TRIP • REDWOODS
As promised I’m starting my series from our California coast road trip during spring break. We traveled from Seattle to Grant’s Pass, Oregon for our first stop. The next morning we headed towards Crescent City, CA and Hwy 101. Our stops for the redwoods on this trip were along the Newton B. Drury Scenic Pkwy and around the Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. They have some of the biggest trees in the whole park. I also recommend driving along the Avenue of the Giants which is another scenic byway off the 101 but further south. There are lots of great family-friendly hikes throughout the parks so make sure you pack good walking shoes, snacks, and water.
I wanted to share some of the photos of the massive trees we saw in the parks however cropping and formatting them for insta just don’t do them justice. Instead I’m sharing this pic to show how intricate and lush the forests are. They’re also scarily silent and still!
Have you ever visited a forest of giant trees? Where?
A waterlogged root/burl from this Redwood tree. Redwood “Burls” are mutated parts of the tree, usually forming a sack shaped bulge at the base of the tree. These burls contain unsprouted seed tissue of the parent tree, which allows the Redwood to regrow/clone itself if the tree ever falls down. Burls are highly sought after on the black market for their unique, calico-like patterns. However, once a burl is removed from a Redwood tree, it almost guarantees death of that tree. We need to preserve these giants!!! #savetheredwoods 🌳🌿💚
“Though the word beautification makes the concept sound merely cosmetic, it involves much more: clean water, clean air, clean roadsides, safe waste disposal and preservation of valued old landmarks as well as great parks and wilderness areas. To me…beautification means our total concern for the physical and human quality we pass on to our children and the future.” — Lady Bird Johnson
Happy Star Wars Day ♡
Did you know that parts of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi were filmed in Del Norte County? George Lucas’ epic film favored the Redwoods as Planet Endo and used 100 Del Norte residents as extra Storm Troopers. Filming took place on private property and in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park. Head to see the official film site marker in Hiouchi at the Information Center. Wander with us #VisitDelNorte
Last year I took (glasses of Californian wine 😂) the road with one of my favorite human beings, hello @travconnell, to the Redwoods State Park. Very north in the California’s coast, deep into the forests and grasslands, to stay a little bit of time among the giant trees and some wild life. Very special-kinda-untouched-and-unbelievable place on Earth. What an magical experience! Memories full of peace and happiness. 🙂