California – Day 4 – Redwood State Park, Trees of Mystery and Oregon
We were up by 7 AM and in the car by 8 AM. Packed up our goodies from Trader’s Joes and headed out. We munched on our Biscottis, muffins, pop-tarts and blueberries in the car, snagged some warm drinks from Starbucks and headed north in 50 degree weather in our shorts (not for those up you up north I know that is not that cold, but frankly, even though I am from up north netting below 70 and I am cold). Needless to say after about 2 stops we found a K-Mart and Lightning and I purchased sweat pants.
Our first stop of the day was at the Chimney Tree as we drove The Avenue of the Giants. The tree is amazing. It was hollowed and you can step inside and look out, yet the tree continues to grow. We did not eat at the restaurant.
After that we stopped at Humboldt Redwood State Park and walked the Rockefeller Loop Trail. We tried to participate in the Redwood EdVentures Quest, but upon arrival found no guide for the tour, just a few other people waiting. We ventured out ourselves and visited the Tall Tree.
Since our final destination was Eureka, so we thought, we didn’t stay long and continued on our journey. We of course made stops for the Shrine Tree in Myers Flat…has to do the tourist thing and drive through a tree, then we saw the Eternal Tree House in Redcrest.
Once we got to Eureka we realized this would not be our final destination. There was not much of interest to us there; there were little shops, but we were interested in seeing the redwoods. We made the decision to head up to Orick, about another hour north to the Trees of Mystery and the Sky Trail. I wasn’t too sure about this stop since the property is privately owned and I would have to go a gondola ride through the trees, but we were all glad we stopped there. When else to you get to talk to a giant Paul Bunyan and ride to the top of the redwood trees.
Now, we were only 35 miles from the Oregon border…so we decided to have dinner in Oregon. We all figured we didn’t know if we would ever get this close to Oregon again and instead of saying we would come back one day we seized the opportunity.
Let’s get back to schoolwork…we have done nothing on paper, but as I said to Lightning sometimes the experience is enough. Most places we have visited have signs that tell you all about the trees, the history of the area you are in, and the animals and plants that grow there. We have already learned in our own studies and again in our visits to the various parks how the redwoods use all the water around them; we actually have watched the fog rolling in off of the Pacific Ocean and imagined the trees soaking up the moisture from the fog. On our drive we also made some unexpected stops at a beach with black sand…so cool. It was a much needed break during our drive. We met with an older couple fishing on the beach, and they actually caught a carp while we were there.