Thursday, January 29, 2015

Redwoods and River Mouth

We had our dear friends Tara and Steve visiting from out of town for a few days. It gave us an opportunity to explore some the local beauty here and share some of that splendor with them.
We took them to the community Redwood Forest. Not sure why we don't go there more often, although it's probably because the forest is typically dark and damp. But it's also so inspiring. It's one of the few places that makes me say the word "awesome" over and over. It's simply an unbelievably awesome place.
Here is Roger next to a stump of tree that probably lived 2000 years before it was taken down to make a fence or something. I put my hands on it and it made me think of what it might be like to hold a mastodon bone. It's different from holding a 100,000 year old fossil, which has long since turned to stone. This still feels like a living entity.
We walked on the trails finding stunning sights around every curve and turn. I love the perspective that redwood forests compel us to see. There's very few old growth redwood left here. Ninety-eight percent of the old growth forests were cut down more than a hundred years ago. These stumps can only hint at what those forests must have been like. Seriously awesome.
We took a ride up the coast just a few miles out of town to show them that beautiful roaring Pacific. It was a lovely warm day, so we could stop and take a nice look from a vista point. Ah, there it was! The mouth of the Mad River, two miles north of that informational plaque we found on the Hammond Trail, about a mile north of where we had seen it in 2008. That river mouth is really on the move.

The seals were visible upriver about 200 yards, basking in the sun and enjoying the day as much as we were.


  1. This makes me want to be there! If you get in the mood for more exploring, there's an area just south of Crescent City where the elk graze on the beach. A long, long dirt road leads you to the coast from the highway, straight to the ocean. They were all there the day we drove back there. It is where the elk in one of my FB pics was photographed. He and his friends were about 3 feet from our car, undisturbed by us, and eating flowers and brush. It is an area where campers pitch tents, but we saw no one. The elk were gorgeous as is that northern coast!

  2. Love the pictures and your description of the day :)

  3. I can't comprehend anyone seeing a virgin redwood forest and saying, "Let's cut them all down!"

    OK, maybe I can, but it's really sad that I can.

  4. They were awesome, yes! And it was Steve's first time EVER in such a forest. Everything up there is beyond description. I'll be going through my pictures soon and will put up on my blog. Great trip~!

  5. Such a splendid place to live and to visit! Will watch for photos on Tara's blog. I treasure these glimpses of the North Coast. Thank you so much!

  6. Jealous! sounds like a wonderful visit.

    Can't believe it was Steve's first trip to the Big Trees -- where was he raised, anyway? ;)

    1. But seriously, Tara, y'all might consider visiting Calaveras Big Tree State Park -- up in the gold country, just a couple hours away. And, very big trees.

  7. R and R -- you sound so happy up there! xoxo

  8. What wonderful photos; why I re read John Muir's writings about seeing the redwoods up.close, so long ago...
    Good you all had a nice visit!

  9. It often takes visitors to make us look at things which we can otherwise forget or take for granted. We have one or two redwoods in the Botanic Gardens in Cambridge but these are only a couple of hundred years old, though they're already impressive trees. Can't imagine how marvellous a whole forest of mature trees might have been.

  10. Those trees are Awesome as you say, that one growing over the stump is saying in your face. Glad you found the mouth of the Mad River

  11. a wonderful trip to see great friends....awesome views of the trees....thank you.

    will post soon....

  12. Sky-- I know exactly the spot where you can see the elk just south of Crescent City. Such a beautiful place.

    Rain-- It was a great day! So glad you liked the pics.

    Mark-- That's pretty much how I see humans acting about everything on our earth.

    Tara-- It was so wonderful walking in the forest with you and Steve. We loved seeing Steve see the redwoods for the first time. Can't wait to see your pics.

    am-- We really do love the north coast. There's nothing quite like it.

    kathy a-- It really was a wonderful visit. We were so happy that Tara and Steve took the long drive up here to see us. We're pretty happy here, just having a very hard time finding a house to buy.

    isabelita-- Ah you remind me that I should read John Muir's writings again. Yes.

    John-- It is a wonderful thing when friends visit and spur us on to see our world anew. There are a few places here where the old growth redwoods still stand, and it is almost beyond description.

    Bill-- We loved the "in your face" observation. Perfect! Yes, we were so happy to see the mouth of the river again.

    Steve-- We loved spending time with you and Tara. It was grand. Can't wait to see your photos.

  13. Someday I will have to walk among the redwoods. They really are living history aren't they? Perfect trees to hug.
    Often it takes visiting company to get us out to enjoy our local sites.

  14. I've never seen the redwoods but I am totally in love with them. Thanks for the lovely photographs. What a great place.

  15. Arkansas Patti-- I hope you get a chance to walk in a redwood forest. It is truly unforgettable.

    NCmountainwoman-- I love that you are totally in love with them. That's the power of their awesome beauty.

  16. The Redwoods--On my list of must-visit places for awhile now. I love seeing these pictures.

  17. Val-- I hope you do get to see the redwoods. They are truly a sight to behold. Awesome in every way.