Not doin so well dodging waves…let’s go inland…
Redwood National Park starts just north of where we’re parked, and runs about 40 miles up toward the Oregon border.
It narrows down in some places to just include the shoreline. It also surrounds several different state parks.
One, just east of Crescent City, is Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, and contained within its boundaries is a very special place called Stout Grove.
Oh my, they don’t make it easy. Actually, they don’t make it artificial and they don’t make much accommodation. The drive through the park to Stout is a single lane gravel road nearly 7 miles from one direction or 3 miles from the other. It’s not one-way, so you have to watch for on-coming cars and figure out a way to move over enough to get past.
Oh, I don’t know, what do you think?
Isn’t that amazing? Stout Grove has been called the most scenic stand of redwoods in the world. It lies within a flood plain that really cuts down on smaller trees growing, so your view of the redwoods is much less obscured.
We arrived kind of late in the afternoon, which was nice for photos with the warm, soft, golden-red rays of sun.
As we headed home, we swung by the waterfront in Crescent City…and caught this scene. I’d say we lead a charmed life, eh?