In the Presence of GiantsWestward Ho, Day 35: Arcata, CA
After running out of daylight yesterday, we eagerly headed back north on US-101 this morning for a proper visit to Redwood National Park. Three California redwoods state parks were established in the 1920s to preserve the trees' natural coastal habitat. The national park was created in 1968 and expanded ten years later to encompass the three state parks and better protect the ancient forests.
|Coastal Redwood trees|
|Wayside stop along Drury Parkway|
|Lady Bird Johnson Grove|
Walking among the majestic redwoods and the oversized sword ferns gave us the feeling we had wandered into an enchanted forest. Understanding how Gulliver must have felt when he found himself in Brobdingnag, we kept a wary eye out for giants around every curve of the trail. Fortunately, this was only an illusion, but a little eerie nonetheless.
|'Honey, I shrunk myself!'|
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|Mosses abound in this moist climate.|
|Redwoods are very hardy and can continue to grow even when hollow.|
|The lush forest|
|Ken, swallowed by a giant|