It is raining. We start our day in Crescent City at the Redwood Park Headquarters and Visitor Center. I get my stamp and we pick up our maps.
While in town, we head to Battery Point Lighthouse. It opens at 9:00 tides permitting. It is not yet 9:00 but it is low tide. We cross the rock path. I get pictures of the lighthouse. We look at the rocks and the tide pools.
From Route 101 we turn onto Route 199. We enter Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park. The road twists and turns. It is very scenic.
We find the visitor center. It is raining hard. What can we do? We watch their video for ten minutes. We talk with the rangers.
One ranger recommends that we drive Howland Hill Road. She looks at our rig and assures us that we will be fine. The road is one-lane and gravel. I said one-lane and not one-way.
We find the road and it is wonderful. In Alaska, they would call this a “good gravel” road. No one is going faster than ten miles per hour. We meet cars going in the opposite direction. There is room to pull over and pass.
This is where you see the redwoods! Even though it is raining, I get out and take pictures. The redwoods are impressive!
Redwoods can grow to three hundred and eighty feet tall. They can live for two thousand years. Their bark is up to twelve inches thick. Their base is up to twenty-two feet in diameter. The Giant Sequoia is slightly shorter but older and wider.
Redwoods reproduce by seed or sprout. The seed size is like a tomato seed. The cone size is like a large olive. They have no taproot. Their roots only penetrate ten to thirteen feet but spread out sixty to eighty feet.
I hope it stops raining. I really want to go hiking!
Campground: Crescent City KOA