Wednesday, May 11, 2011


Today will have several “Finally’s”!

It was three weeks ago when we first entered Sequoia NP - the beginning of our ‘Redwood tree’ experience - meeting the Giant Sequoias up close and personal. We continued this wonderful experience/relationship through yesterday with the Coastal Redwoods in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park.

All of the history, stories, statistics and lore have already been quoted to you in the prior blog postings. So - I won’t bore you again about how these trees are the oldest living things on the planet (some Sequoias more than 3,000 years old), or have the largest mass of any living thing (again - the Sequoias) or how they are the tallest living thing on earth (the Coastal Redwoods at almost 400 feet)!*!#%!

BUT - I will repeat again that they are the most impressive, awe inspiring things to see - and as much as we keep posting pictures of them, the pictures do NOT do them justice. Just to appease us - here is one last attempt to show their mighty stature.

Look at how these awesome giants dwarf our car.

One other thing - if you have seen one redwood, you have NOT seen them all. Each one has its own ‘face’, personality and its own grandeur! The groves of these trees DO bring you a peace that is impossible to describe. If you have never been to any of these National or State Parks, we strongly suggest you ‘bake’ any or all of them into future travel plans. You will not be disappointed.

And so, today we FINALLY say a sad goodbye to the Redwood National and State Parks -

Farewell Big Reds!!

Yesterday we also played 9 holes of golf on a wonderfully, funky little course in Crescent City. It has one of those ‘blind holes’ where you have to ring the bell to let those following know all is clear. I felt like I got a hole in one when I hit the bell with my ball - thought that’s what they meant!!

Elizabeth said that she thought it meant hit the bell with the golf ball. Awww, c'mon!

So - after all of these adventures to date - we FINALLY enter Oregon today. As we planned this trip, it was entitled “Oregon Coast”, as that was to be the primary focus. After two months on the road - we are FINALLY here;-)

More from Oregon in a few days - Elizabeth & Gary, sad to leave the Redwoods;-(

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