Mill Creek Campground: second growth redwood forest. Sad to see but good to know that someday the redwoods here will be old giants one day.
Was it so horrible, at the time, for the forests to be cut down? Is it any different than some of the things we do today that our children's children's children will ask, how could we not know the effects of our labor and living would have in their future.
As we walked the short Trestle Loop, one could easily see the old giants remains. Their stumps were huge and new trees had used them to grown from. The new ones grew in a circle around the old stumps.
Back at our campsite we made a fire and enjoyed the evening falling. It started to rain a bit and due to the trees around us the rain would pool on the leaves and fall in rather large drops. Back inside the RV, the sound was not of gently falling rain but rather distinct drum sounds without a tune.
In the morning we decided to head back to take the Newton B. Drury highway back to Trillium Falls. Our first time to see
the old growth Redwoods and to hug a tree was there last summer.
We left on our hike just before 2pm. It was every bit as wonderful as we remembered. This time we stopped to identify the flora along the way as well as do some bird watching. Mostly listening to the birds as they hide themselves well. We did see and hear a Swainson's thrush and some black vultures. Elk were in the meadow, Elk Meadow.
On to Crescent City. They suffered a very damaging tsunami in 1964. We plan to stop for some food before heading up the highway and a campground for the night.
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