Finishing the day at Trinidad

We often linger at Trinidad to see the sun go down and the colors go up.

Remember these?

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Never a bad day at Trinidad

We look out the windows of our coach in the morning…ugh, gray clouds, cool temps, threat of rain.

Where should we go?

Trinidad!

First, it’s 14 miles away….so the weather could be different there.

Second, short of rain, the weather doesn’t have much to do with enjoying the sound of pounding surf, the sight of waves breaking on large rocks, and the feel of sand under your feet.

Third, the weather here often begins one way, but quickly turns into something completely different…sometimes good to bad, sometimes bad to good…often in just minutes.

See, this is what you get at Trinidad:

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The little things at Trinidad

There’s so much going on at Trinidad Bay…you see large rocks out in the bay as you drive down from town to the beach, you hear the surf pounding as you get out of your car, you feel the dry sand under your feet at the parking lot edge then the wet sand as you enter the intertidal zone of the looong, wiiide beach.

Big waves, big beach, big rocks, big breeze blowing blowing blowing.

But sometimes it’s the little things that pull your attention:

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More Trinidad

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:

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Trinidad throughout the day

Have we harped too much about how much we enjoy the bay at Trinidad?

Remember the rocks?

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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:

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One last look

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.

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More giants

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┬ánow 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….

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