At the far end of the northern beach is a short peninsula of land that ends in an arch.
We don’t get down there very often, because the tide must be waaaay out to get past a jumble of rocks, and you still have to cross a small creek that empties into the bay.
But as you can see, the effort to get there can be well rewarded:
Have we harped too much about how much we enjoy the bay at Trinidad?
Remember the rocks?
Remember the scene changes in short order?
Remember rocks & surf after sunset?
Remember Pewetole Island?
(You can click on any of the above…and they’ll fill your screen)
Those are all photos around Trinidad Bay!
Hope you’re not sick of the place, because here goes a series of posts of pictures from Trinidad….
Beginning at sunrise, from the beach on the south edge:
As we were heading back to the car in Prairie Creek Redwoods park ahead of the setting sun, I saw this scene…and had to stop. The light was amazing.
It doesn’t have all the big trees, but it seems so magical and mystical….
Click on it…the big trees are back there in the mist.
Redwoods are amazing, but the ones that really take your breath away are called “old growth”. They’re the ones towering more than 300 feet, that are 5, 10, 15 feet in diameter, and more than 1000 years old!
The only problem is they’ve been mostly cut down. Only about 4% of these goliaths remain. Virtually all that remain are now contained in national or state parks.
Some of the reasons they have been able to grow so big for so long actually give us comfort that the new growth trees in our protected areas will continue to stand tall.
They have very thick bark that protects from fire, disease, and bugs. If they get knocked over, the limbs pointing up will grow into trees in their own right. Their requirements for habitat are quite narrow, which is why Coastal Redwoods are really only found in a strip near the Pacific Ocean shoreline for about 200 miles in Northern California….but those requirements mean they can propagate almost like weeds, and they are very fast growing!
Nature is not likely to harm or limit redwoods….their future is likely to be limited only by man: because we fail to protect their habitat by our action or inaction.
The following pictures are from a single walk we took while Jared was here, in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, just north of Orick, CA. These trees are all within a quarter mile of parking beside the road that runs the length of the park. Please click on each picture so it will fill your screen….
As much as we love the shoreline and surf, we’re always in awe when we drive through the redwoods.
This portion of the Northern California coast has all of the Coastal Redwoods to be found in the world. US 101, the road beside the campground where our coach is parked, from San Francisco to Oregon is called Redwood Highway.
The tallest trees in the world. Around us, beside us, over us.
We’ve run across some interesting scenes.
But the groves of trees we walk through or walk past still take our breath away.
We gave you a quick glance a few weeks ago at the coastline in Brookings, OR, and photos from one of its beaches were in the post about how to put together a good sunset.
Brookings is a small town just 26 miles north of Crescent City, CA, which makes it a nice 100 miles north of where we’re parked.
A bit of a run for a day trip, but we thought it would be worth the effort because we’d heard there was a rock arch or two along its shoreline.
The coastline becomes taller, more rugged, and noticeably more rocky as you cross into Oregon.
On the north side of Brookings, there is the start of a 12 mile long “linear state park” named Boardman. We roared the length of it, stopping for quick looks at each of the 20 pullouts or parking lots!
And we took a few snaps….of arches.
Take a careful look at the photo just above…there are actually three arches in it. The hardest one to spot takes a little faith, because you really can’t see through it from this vantage point. It’s in the rock farthest from the camera, and goes crosswise from this position.
The tall and rugged nature of the coastline in this area makes it difficult to explore many of the viewpoints along this park. We figure we’ll need to go back numerous times to explore them one at a time…..
Don’t worry, we’ll take you along.