Deep into the forest
Over the weekend, Michael, Pops, Mema, and I made our way to northern California to enjoy the sights and sounds of Humboldt Redwoods State Park. Gosh, those trees are tall! You know ahead of time the redwoods are going to be massive, but until you see them in comparison to yourself or your car, it is hard to put it in perspective. Looking straight up, you can hardly see the top of any given tree, only the sky beyond it.
If you are going to the area, be sure to stop by the park’s Visitor Center near Myer’s Flat. The center’s docents are a font of information about the park, the flora and fauna, and the area. I also recommend the Avenue of the Giant’s 32 mile auto tour which stretches from Phillipsville to Pepperwood. Redwoods and pine trees and ferns—oh my!
No trip to a redwood forest would be complete without driving through a tree. With three options to choose from, we picked the first we happened upon: Chandelier Drive-Thru Tree near Leggett. Perhaps tame by Indiana Jones standards, it is just one of those things you need to do in order to lead a full and complete life.
Myers Country Inn, a B&B, provided our accommodations for the night. With comfortable rooms, private porches, and a full breakfast, it was a lovely spot to rest our weary bodies; located in the middle of the Avenue of the Giants, about three miles south of the Visitor Center, and across the street from a market.
Now, we did also take the “drive around the block”—a roughly 100 mile loop that winds its way down from the forest to Honeydew, along the ocean past the most western point in the state and slithers back up to end in the yummy town of Ferndale. The view is gorgeous—all four hours of it—as you go through switchback after switchback after 10mph turn. The family was all game going in, but by the time Ferndale’s Victorians were in our sights, I was not the most popular person in the van (need I mention, it was my bright idea?). Provided your brakes are in good working order, and your patience is long, you might want to add this tour on your agenda as well.
The only thing I’d do different on another visit: Stay longer. I’d love to spend more time hiking, picnicking, and exploring—and taking more photos, of course.