Most enormous tree we have ever seen!
Around Crescent City there are 4 Redwood Parks.
Today we explored the one east of town; Jedediah State Park is home of the famous Stout Grove and Howland Hill Road.
Howland Hill Road is unpaved and offered us an intimate encounter with the towering old growth redwoods from the comfort of our car. It is a winding narrow one lane road used for 2-way traffic. The maximum speed is 25 mph, but our maximum was below 10 mph. Redwoods are the tallest trees in the world and can be more than 2,000 years old. They require a lot of moisture and get at least half from the abundant fog on the coast.
Besides driving through the park, we also walked on the Nickerson and Stout Grove Trail. These trails meandered among colossal redwoods, revealing their full stature of over 300 feet (taller than the Statue of Liberty which only stands 240 feet tall). We stopped and had a picnic under the towering canopy and took many, many pictures.
On the way back to our hotel, we stopped at the Ocean World Aquarium. We picked up star fish, poked our fingers into sea anemones mouths and tickled sharks.
Howland Hill Road
Driving down the road
Mom was a bit reluctant after one shark tried to bite her. We watched a cute little sea lion named Cora perform amazing leaps, jumps, and somersaults in mid-air. She loved our applause and her fishy treats. We, as well as she, were sad when we had to depart.
Guess what we had for dinner? You’re right…FRESH SEAFOOD AGAIN…YUM!!
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