Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Redwoods National Park

Today we drove down to Redwoods National Park.  I guess I didn’t research it much because we found out Highway 101 goes right through it.  I thought it was going to be a loop around the park.  So, tomorrow we’ll be doing it again!  At least we know what to expect for about 40 miles of it.  As soon as we crossed into California we came upon the Agricultural Inspection Station.  She asked if we had any fruit, plants, etc, etc.  We said no but asked what we could expect tomorrow when we came through towing our rig.  She said because of our license plates (South Dakota) that she was required to pull us over and inspect the inside.  I asked for what specific things to get rid of and she told me citrus fruit, certain live plants (didn’t matter, we don’t have any), any apples from Washington state, avocados, cherries, corn on the cob,wood.  The list goes on and on.  Oh well, at least we know they’re going to be looking inside so we’ll be prepared for a little bit longer of a trip.


After leaving the inspection station we continued down 101.  There were several areas to pull off and the ocean here is just as beautiful as the Oregon coast.


Soon we came to the redwoods and yes, Dortha, I got my book stamped!



There were still plenty of places where you could see the coastline


We decided to go to Trees of Mystery because we weren’t going to be able to stop at these kinds of places tomorrow on our trip through.


There was a short 1/2 mile hike up through the forest to the gondola ride going up even further into and above the giant trees






The gondolas were pretty amazing!


This was the view from the top!


I could go on and on with the pictures, it was SO beautiful here.  More of the coastline on the way back and a stop where the Klamath River meets the Pacific Ocean


Those little dots down there are people fishing for salmon


More of the California coastline


We got back into town and stopped at the local brewery & pizzeria for dinner.


Rod didn’t want any olives on his side and I didn’t want any onions on my side.  LOL


So, tomorrow we’re packing it up and moving on to California for a few days.  I’m gonna miss this “no tax state”.


Sandra said...

It's a beautiful state for sure! You have some great photos!

Joe and Sherri said...

Hello from Kerrville. We sure miss you both and wish you were here. I know you are where you want to be and I know you are having fun. We will be there next year...God willing.

Arlene said...

Wow, beautiful area Deb.. Have fun exploring.

Jim and Dee said...

Thanks for taking kus with you. It's an awesome area. Have fun traveling in Calif.

Mark and Dortha said...

Glad you got your book stamped, but sorry you had to get rid of that fruit!

When we went through, they just ask what we had in the way of fruit? We told them 2 peaches and 2 plums. They wanted to know if they were store purchased. "Yes", okay have a nice day!

Hugs and safe travels