What a difference 40 miles can make. It was 80 degrees when we left Cave Junction and in the 50s when we arrived at Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park in Redwoods National Park. We were lucky to find a walkup site and happy when the $30 per day was half price with our Senior National Park Pass. No hookups but enough light to use our solar to keep our batteries good. We like a little heat in the morning when the temps drop below 50 degrees.
Many of the wild flowers were in bloom like these trillium.
Across Smith River was Stout Grove and the Riverside Trails. We had to drive a short distance since the suspension bridge isn't put in until the river is lower in July.
Crescent City, CA
On the way to a hike on the back of the Park, we stopped in Crescent City for a beach walk and breakfast.
|Returning after a morning dip|
Battery Point Lighthouse Tours are given in accordance with the tides. You have to walk across an area to get to the lighthouse.
We were glad to have our hiking sticks with the slick roots on the path. Fern Falls were very small.
It was eerie as we walked deeper into the forest and not see another person on the path. It would have been neat to see a bear but I was glad we didn't.
Notches were cut to allow loggers to climb high enough to be able to cut through a more narrow section of the Redwood.
Harris State Beach in Brookings, OR
The drive was only 30 miles. But we wanted to stay at the state park on the ocean that we had heard great things about. There were walkup sites available as we arrived in the morning and the host was glad to let us find a place and park with full hookups without waiting until the afternoon check in time!
Of course, we had to get some clam chowder with the most tender clams before going by the local seafood market and doing our laundry.
We enjoy checking out tide pools at low tide to walk. It is good to be here before summer break.
Rather than sit at our campsite and read, we brought our chairs and books to the day use area. We enjoyed watching the people and dogs on the beach. It was good to have some downtime. The bluff behind us blocked the wind. Sometimes, we forget that it is 6 months before we stop for a while and we should probably pace ourselves.
In Bandon, OR people meet at low tide to make "Circles in the Sand" for meditation several times a month.
This guy looked graceful as he spent a lot of time with his rake on the beach making circles. Then the tide came in and washed them away. He seemed to be enjoying the sunshine and making those circles.
Chetco Point in at the end point out on the bluff. We had an uneasy feeling as we followed the trail through the foliage across a wooden bridge to a bluff with a 389 degree view over the cliffs at the end.
It was a little uncomfortable getting close to the edge and seeing the rocks below. It wouldn't be so good to slip.
The bridge to the Point.
We have 10 more days along the coast as we head north soon.