June 6, 2019
On Thursday, we’ve made our way from Grants Pass, Oregon to the Redwoods National & State Parks. First we drove through Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park. A little bit into the ride, there was a huge pot hole filled with water and not enough space on the road to get around it, without having the passenger wheels over the hill’s edge. And the edge was to brittle. With the little Ford Fusion we’ve used as a rental car, we really didn’t want to try anything stupid (at this moment, we wished we still had our Jeep Grand Cherokee). I told Kevin to screw it; we’ll turn around. I’ve got enough photos of the park. And it was just not worth to risk getting stuck in that hole or falling several hundred feet upside down into the gorge.
California Douglas Iris … I wish, I had focused the front petal.
Katelynn and Sara in front of a Redwood tree
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park
The Redwood trees dwarf the F150 (F250?) in front of us.
We’ve rather decided to get out of that State Park and drive long the beach into the Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park on US 101. Katelynn and Sara could walk barefoot at the Crescent Beach, until the tide came in. We’ve found some sand dollars, Dungeness crabs, sea stars and some broken shells along the beach.
Katelynn had to come back, because the tide came in.
Sara found a sand dollar at the Crescent Beach
Sand Dollar at the Crescent Beach
Dungeness Crab at the Crescent Beach
Hey Patrick! Are still with us???
Our next stop let us to the Redwoods National Park. In the Thomas H. Kuchel Visitor Center we asked for more information. I found out, that the Park Ranger spoke German due to his German parents, who originated from the Sudetenland. He said, he brushes up his language from all the German tourists, who are the main visitors of the Redwood Parks. He also mentioned, his two sisters moved back to Germany, while he rather stays here in the US. The world is small. Well, after this little chit-chat, the Park Ranger explained to us, the best place to visit is actually Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, while driving on the Newton B. Drury Scenic Pkwy. Dangit! we’ve bypassed it on US 101. So, we had to backtrack a little bit …
Cow Parsnip or Hogweed ???
Crescent Beach Overlook
Crescent Beach Overlook
False Klamath Cove
False Klamath Rock at De Martin Beach
Pacific Coast by the Thomas H. Kuchel Visitor Center
Pacific Ocean Wave
Katelynn, Sara and Kevin at the beach by the Thomas H. Kuchel Visitor Center
…to be continued …