|Until the last day we have the park mostly to ourselves.|
|Lovely outdoor space we enjoy several times during our stay.|
Arriving on Cinco de Mayo means we head to Fortuna for Mexican food and margaritas. Las Cazuelas Cantina serves up tasty portions of both. Like all businesses in the area, it's "no mask, no service", with distancing established throughout.
|I want to know people who paint their door pink.|
|Different hair stylists.....|
|Many gardens have huge rhodies on display.|
|Softened by age.|
One comes here to see the incredible giant trees, and certainly they are part of the draw for us. But after "discovering" the Lost Coast two years ago, it's the biggest draw for us. Bill finds a new route that adds even more to a perfect day of exploring.
|Bear River Ridge Road takes us through several farms, over lovely rolling hills.|
|We stop numerous times to appreciate the incredible views.|
|Occasional sections of wet and mossy forest.|
|Hard to capture just how long and steep this "driveway" is.|
|Groomed and posed for our viewing pleasure.|
The new route brings us out on the main road to the coast. Narrow and steep with more pot holes than asphalt, the "trail" tests shocks, brakes and several body parts. UPS and other trucks use it so it's passable, but plan to take your time.
|The reward for the last section of the drive.|
|Lupine covers acres of wild coast here.|
|Raw and rugged basalt sand and rock.|
|Dunes and grasses soften the southern stretch.|
|Turning inland, meadows steal the show.|
|Old family farms are scattered throughout the valley.|
|This old growth Eucalyptus is nearly as wide as the road we're driving beside it.|
|Gotta love FedEx drivers who are always prepared. This one pulls out a tow strap to move this fallen tree from the road.|
There are a few options for moving among the historic redwoods, and we visit all of them over our time here. The smells, the sounds (or the complete lack of same), the overall feel of these old growth forests is magical.
|Feeling small among the giants.|
|Many different sizes, all reaching high.|
|A mystical world awaits.|
|Through the portal......|
|New life from fallen giants.|
|Tall Tree, impossible to capture all 359 feet.|
Monday morning we continue north, hoping to resolve our motorhome registration issue at the Cummins in Arcata - and looking forward to spending a week with the wild Elk herd of Trinidad.