The Mighty Redwoods

2 Jul

Over Memorial Weekend Mike and I embarked upon an epic Northern California road trip to the Mighty Redwoods in Humbolt County.

You can see our route here – nearly 1,000 miles and 15 hours in the car!

Here Are Our Top Ten Favorite Experiences:

1.  Sunset Boat Ride in Eureka with Captain Steve 

Sunset cruising on the Madaket.

Sunset cruising on the Madaket.

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Getting ready to shove off! Captain Steve at the wheel.

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View of Humbolt Bay.

We saw a ton of wildlife including Sea Lions.

We saw a ton of wildlife including Sea Lions.

2. Watching a Leg of the Famous Kinetic Sculpture Race

This 3-day, 42 mile “triathlon of the art world” is a BIG deal in Eureka.

Crossing a bridge...and holding up traffic.

Crossing a bridge…and holding up traffic.

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In first place on day two.

3. The Big Trees in Humbolt Redwoods State Park

We were a bit underwhelmed by Avenue of the Giants. The good stuff is in HRSP.

Keeps going and going...

Keeps going and going…

"Tall Tree"

“Tall Tree”

"Giant Tree"

“Giant Tree”

4. Wildlife Sightings

Banana slugs

Banana slugs

Elk grove in Prairie Creek Park.

Elk grove in Prairie Creek Park.

Snails

Snails

Bunnies

Bunnies

5. Watching a Baby Whale Play at Patrick Point State Park

I didn’t get a picture of the whale because I didn’t want to take my eyes off of it, but it was playing in the cove off to the left.

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I could have sat there all day.

I could have sat there all day.

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Stunning

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The Trail

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I mean, seriously.

6. The Cheese Curds at Loleta Cheese Factory 

The man loves cheese.

The man loves cheese.

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Cheese


7. Coastline at Trinidad

This reminded us of the Cinque Terre in Italy.

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Imagine waking up to that view every morning.

Ridiculous

Ridiculous

8. Dinner Over the Campfire

Setting up camp.

Setting up camp.

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Meat and veggies on the grill.

The grillmaster.

The grill master.

Finished product: Bison burgers w/pub cheese, mushroom and cous cous salad, white bean salad and marinated red peppers and zucchini.

Finished product: Bison burgers w/pub cheese, mushroom and cous cous salad, white bean salad and marinated red peppers and zucchini.

9. View from Cow Mountain

We stopped over here on the long drive north because the camping was free. But reaching the sites took so long we probably burned the cost of a campsite in gas. Good thing the views were pretty amazing.

The view

The view

The site.

The site.

It was freezing being that high up. I had to wear 84369305 layers.

It was freezing being that high up. I had to wear 84369305 layers.

10.  Driving the Lost Coast

Getting blown away on the Lost Coast.

Getting blown away on the Lost Coast.

11. (BONUS!) The Craft Beer-Tasting!

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Six Rivers

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Taster

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Mad River

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Taster

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2 Responses to “The Mighty Redwoods”

  1. Kathy Sonn July 3, 2013 at 9:58 am #

    Sarah, loved the blog! I felt like I was there, enjoying every minute of your trip. I especially liked the camping pics as I still miss camping in a tent. But I also love the cabin, with hot running water and a soft bed. Keep writing! I will anxiously be waiting to find out about your next adventure. Love, Kathy

  2. mikesonn July 3, 2013 at 10:08 am #

    I do love cheese.

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