Monday, December 17, 2018

Redwoods - Day 3

Day 3 - Redwoods National Park - August 4, 2017

There are 46 photos in this post, about half of them are simply photos of the beautiful forest.  This is such an incredible place.

We went on a couple of short hikes and walks in the Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park and the Redwoods National Park.

I don't know where Rachel is taking Kate.

Lyla & Grayson.

A cool twisted tree.

Banana slugs.  I wonder how they taste...

Lunch was spent on the side of the road, sitting on the hood.

Lunch date.

We're being overrun by slugs.

Yep. Ada licked one. But, she made a cool $5.

We headed north on Highway 101. Jackson swapped places with Lyla and joined us in our car.

We stopped at Crescent Beach to dip our feet in the Pacific.

We went to the Stout Grove in the Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park.  This place was a highlight.

The trail took us down to the Smith River, which was a perfect spot to skip rocks.

Cute little bridge, but it would be tough to sail under.

Ada found a little frog.

These are some stout trees.

One more fun perk at our hotel was free limo rides out to restaurants in Eureka.  We took them up on a ride to the Lost Coast Brewery.

Tomorrow we stretch our legs on a long hike.

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Redwoods - Day 2

Day 2 - Humboldt Redwoods State Park - August 3, 2017

It's about a 5 hour drive from Oakland to Eureka where we were staying. We stopped at the Humboldt Redwoods State Park on our way to Eureka.

We stopped by the visitor's center on the Avenue of the Giants. All 6 kids, 3 girls from us & 3 boys from the McIntyres.

There will be lots of foliage photos. No explanation needed.

We went on a small loop hike to the Founder's Tree.

Alison and Rachel.

The whole fam.

Lyla splitting logs.

This tree is only 75' shorter than the tallest building in Utah.

Ring around the big tree.

Kate & Grayson.

Lyla walking all contemplative.

Alison and Rachel admiring the big trees.

We stayed at the fanciest hotel in town (maybe not totally true...), which happened to be the Best Western. It had a great pool and activity area that the kids made sure we took advantage of.

Tomorrow we drive to Redwoods National Park.