Great Vacation Hike (Redwoods, Coast!)
Monday, April 01, 2013
Vacation was wonderful. I drove to Brookings Oregon, which is about a 7 hour drive. I stopped a Jedediah Smith park to look at the redwoods along the way. Packed my lunch and breakfast for the first few days, which was a good way to at least start the vacation with healthy habits. My hotel in Brookings was right on the ocean with a lovely view.
Jedediah Smith redwoods
I met my hiking buddy John and his new woman friend, who was charming. I am always thrilled when my friends find love, particularly late in life! John served me a great dinner (fresh steelhead fish and veggies). After dinner, we visited Harris Beach state park to admire the sunset.
Sunset at Harris Beach state park
The next day we did several hikes in Boardman state park. I loved the varied terrain – through redwoods, through rain forest type foliage, and with constant views of the coast. We hiked around 7 – 8 miles with lots of elevation changes, so it was a good workout.
I drove from the Oregon coast to California (San Francisco bay area) on US 101. It was really nice to go down a different route – I have not driven that way in over 20 years. The road starts along the coast, then it winds through the Redwoods and foothills. It’s lovely. I stopped at Prairie Creek Redwood part and hiked a short trail through the Redwoods.
This magnificent herd of Roosevelt elk didn't read the signs! They didn't stay in the wildlife viewing areas. Adults can weigh up to 1200 pounds.
Then I stopped at in Eureka (California) to admire the Victorian mansions.
I think this blog is getting long! So I will blog again soon with vacation trip part 2!