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Sunday, April 3, 2016

Henry Cowell Redwoods

We used to ride our bikes along the cliffs overlooking the ocean in Wilder Ranch north of Santa Cruz while working in San Francisco but never made it in to see the town and boardwalk. Once we arrived in Santa Cruz, we drove into the city to the touristy area, looked at each other and headed back to the hills when we saw parking was going to cost $30 and didn't really see anything that we had to visit. Too many people for us.

The Redwoods were just 5 miles up the road from our campground. Since we were up early, we hit the road and enjoyed our walk in the cool air.

Kind of looked like a face to me.

Redwood sorrel

Banana slug tidy up the forest floor eating debris.

Common Merganser I believe

Fulton covered bridge built in 1892 and believed to be the tallest covered bridge in the country and stood as the only entry to Felton for 45 years. In 1937 it was retired from active service to become a pedestrian bridge and was used in many films of that period.
We love farmer's markets and had to return to this large one in Moss Landing. On our way north, the 101 was just too congested to get across the road with our trailer and thought we would return in a few days. Mike even stocked up on his favorite hot sauce ( California Pepper Plant Sauce).

We loaded up on a basket full of goodies.

The drive into the hills was just a nice reprieve with temps in the high 60s.


  1. The redwoods are so beautiful and peaceful. I can understand why you didn't want to deal with the craziness of Santa Cruz. Although we did have fun there last winter when we camped above the ocean at New Brighton Beach State Park and rode our bikes everywhere. But it was a pretty mellow time of year for the coast. Love those purple flowers!

    1. I think that things weren't as pleasant not due to the place. It was several events that wore us down. The way you did it wounds much better. Spring break, enough said there.