Friday, September 10, 2010

Exploring Part Of The Redwood Coast in California

This morning we decided to pack up a lunch and explore a bit of the Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park.  We started just a mile west of our RV park in Klamath by taking the Coastal Drive.  This is a narrow, scenic, partially paved road that takes you on an 8-mile drive high above the Pacific Ocean.  Although the sky above was clear and blue, there was a heavy fog bank lying low.  It covered up any view of the ocean.

                                            If the fog wasn’t there, the view would be wonderful.DSCF6527

The Coastal Drive is so narrow that sometimes 2 cars cannot pass.  We had to pull over several times to allow another car to go past.  Even though we could not see the ocean, it was fun to drive along and enjoy the forest.  This coastal fog is one of the things that have helped the giant Redwood trees thrive in this area.

                                            This part of the road is paved with a pull-out.DSCF6531

                                            The sun shot it’s beams down onto the road.DSCF6528

Once we got to the end of the Coastal Drive we picked up the Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway.  This is a fully paved road that takes you through the Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park in the Coast Mountain Range.  There are numerous hiking opportunities here.  We did pull off the road to check out a short trail.  No dogs allowed so we left Annie in the car, which was why we didn’t take a longer trail into the forest. 

                                                           Majestic Redwood trees hug the roadway.DSCF6532


There were a few people out for these short hikes today.  These trails are not good for the disabled as there are many tree roots sticking up, elevation shifts and uneven terrain.  One of the best parts of being off the road and inside the forest is the total quiet.  All you can hear is a light wind rustling the tree tops and the occasional bird chirping. 

                                           The sun was streaming in through the tall trees.DSCF6534 

                                            This large burl on a Redwood looked like a face.DSCF6537 

Bruce and I took turns posing for a pic with these giant trees.  Like Bruce said today, “no matter how many times we come here, these trees are totally amazing to see.”  It’s true.  We never get tired of returning to this coastal area of California.

                                            Bruce took his turn first.DSCF6538

                                            Next it was my turn with a different group of trees.DSCF6543

After returning to our car and Annie, we drove on down to the end of the Drury Parkway and the Prairie Creek Visitor Center.  This is by the viewing area for the Roosevelt Elk which are the most commonly seen mammals in this park area.  Not today!  The elk were not to be seen.  That’s OK since we’ve seen them here many times.

We drove on down to the Elk Meadow area and got out our picnic lunch.  It was a beautiful day and just a little on the cool side.  After eating we drove out toward Gold Bluffs Beach.  This is reached by driving west on Davison Road.  Davison Road is another narrow, unpaved road through the forest.  Trailers and RV’s are not allowed because this is such a bad road.  There is a campground at the end of the road but we did not explore that.  It is suitable for tents and small RV’s like truck campers.  We got to the end of our part of the road to find Gold Bluffs Beach shrouded in a bit of fog and gray skies overhead. 

                                            More coastal fog.DSCF6545

                                            A lot of driftwood on this beach.DSCF6544

This pretty much concluded our touring day.  We got the WiFi at our RV park today so we could get this post and the one before it posted onto the blog.  I’ll be planning an RV park review of this place in a day or two.  Tomorrow will be another travel day for us. 

Until next time… long for now!


Rick and Paulette said...

Those pics of you and Bruce amongst the Redwoods are, shall I say, awesome!!

Happytrails said...

You have some really beautiful pics today. Your trip on Coastal Drive was so pretty, even the fog over the ocean gave a beautiful scene.
I am so glad you guys enjoyed your drive.
I remember walking through the giant Sequoias, and seeing the redwoods reminded me of that.... so majestic.
You guys take care and be safe.
Mike & Gerri

Kimberly and Jerry Peterson said...

Even with the fog, your photos are outstanding. Thank you for sharing!

Carol K said...

I like seeing the redwoods, especially when it is not raining like it was the last time we were in that area. Safe travels to you!

Kathy and Robert said...

Ok there's no other word for this but AWESOME... I love the one of you Margie with the tree seeming to wrap around you. Do you often wonder what God was thinking when He created these massive trees?
Can't wait to see them in person. K

Sue and Doug said...

gorgeous trees!!..too bad about the fog..but you know any day on the coast is a good one!!!

Sam&Donna Weibel said...

Wow those trees are really something look at the history they have witnessed. be safe out there. Sam & Donna.

Kenny And Angela's Adventure said...

You take us to some of the most beautiful places.

Jerry and Suzy said...

How well we remember that area! And yes, your fog photos really show the mystery of the coast -- love it!

Gail Durham said...

beautiful picutres of the redwoods!

Dennis and Donna said...

Those Redwoods are like gentle giants...I have trouble wrapping my brain around anything that tall and wide as a tree. Your coastal drive makes me want to return to Cali, until I remember the tsunami warning sign...That place is beautiful, but scares me somewhat. Be safe!

Judy and Emma said...

The redwoods are one of my favorite places. It's just that I have so many favorite places, and I'm sure there'll be another one just around the next bend... :)