Our campsite on the beach
Another view from out campsite
We continued to drive CA Hwy 1 (Pacific Coast Highway) for a long time. What a gorgeous drive! The ocean to your left and mountains and forests to your right. We stopped at a few places along the way to take pictures. We ended the PCH drive by stopping by the "World Famous Drive-Thru Tree". It was pretty cool to be able to drive through a huge tree. I think the name of it was Chandelier Tree.
View of the Pacific Coast
John and the Pacific coast
There were tons of cows grazing near the coast
The Drive-Thru Tree
Once we were done with our tourist attraction we started to head towards Redwood National Park. We opted to take the scenic alternative, The Avenue of the Giants, to get there. It's basically a road that runs parallel to Highway 101 but there are tons of huge Redwoods lining the road. Gorgeous! It is unreal how huge these trees are! John continued to drive and we ended up at Redwood National Park, the visitor's center was very clean and well taken care of. I noticed that everything was more coastal than I had imagined this part of CA to be. When I think Redwood I think big trees, not big trees and right by the coast, but it was, so that was really cool. We told the ranger we really only had time to drive through the park, not stop a lot, so he recommended some especially scenic routes and we were on our way!
Me standing next to the bottom of a Redwood tree
An old touring bus made out of a Redwood. This bus was used by people to tour around the country so they could promote national parks.
Look at the van at the bottom of the picture for a reference to how huge the tree is!
Just me and a Redwood tree
A view from a scenic route in Redwood NP
Some people were whale watching from this view point, we looked but didn't see any
Our car in Jedidiah State Park/Jurassic Park
The tree was still wider
John inside a tree
This is a panoramic shot standing between two Redwoods, it spans the base of one tree all the way up and over to the base of the other tree
We were very happy we took that drive, it adds a whole other dimension to the park. After that we were done in Redwood and it was on to Oregon! Basically we just drove in the direction of Crater Lake, got to our hotel and checked in for the night. We'd been up since 6:45 a.m. so come 10:30 p.m. we were pretty exhausted!