Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Hiking, Eating and Driving--in that order


We arrived at our destination, Smith River California on the Pacific Coast late Saturday evening. We decided to rent a condo on the beach so we could feel the cool breeze, and did we feel the breeze, IT WAS COLD TO SAY THE LEAST!!

Sunday was part rest day considering we had driven over 2600 miles to get here.
Why Smith River, well this is the area our son Jason said was the place to discover the Redwoods. He planned this part of the trip, which consisted of hiking for the next 3 days through some of the most beautiful country my wife and I have ever seen. He knew his Mom didn’t want to fish on this trip but he did convince her to hike through the mountains while we were here.  
 Jason and I couldn't believe that this tree was still alive
 The Park Rangers told us that 80% of the forest floor is covered with clover and fern
 Small stream in Jedediah Park with some small brook trout--Alan's kind of stream
Beach right out our window--cool air off the ocean
 Amazing how large the Redwoods are, the tallest in the world and some in access of 24 ft. in dia. We are headed to another park tomorrow.
This tree was the largest tree we found in the park south of Smith River off Redwood Hwy.  I can't believe I drove my suv through this tree; another thing that astounded me was the tree was still alive and green
 

20 comments:

Mark Kautz-Shoreman said...

It is beautiful up that way isn't it? I have a picture (some where) of me standing with my arms spread wide and they don't reach across the tree. Have fun.

Howard said...

Wow Bill, those are some spectacular pictures. I've never seen redwoods in real life so thanks for posting those. I hope you guys have a terrific rest of your vacation.

Bill Trussell said...

Mark
My wife and I left the Grand Canyon and drove to Smith River to met Jason there, and spent the better part of the week in mountains in that area. This place is beyond beautiful. We will be headed home Thursday--3 to 4 days to make it back to Jasper. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Howard
We drove our suv through on south of Smith River yesterday. To see these trees of close is astounding. Thanks for the comment
I will post the pic of the car tree later today.

David Knapp said...

Bill, you are enjoying some of the most beautiful parts of the country it looks like! Can't beat the Grand Canyon and Redwoods all in one trip. Glad you are having a good time...

Brk Trt said...

Those trees are awesome. Looks as if your vacation is going so well.
You should have dropped a "bomber" in that stream.

Rick Kratzke said...

Wow, that looks like a great place to visit and do some hiking.

penbayman said...

Looks awesome Bill..keep up the tour!

Jay said...

Bill,
Glad to see your having a good time on your trip. The trees that are hollow are still alive because the tree's transport system (the tree's circulatory system so to speak) is located just below the bark. The interior of a tree is basically dead anyway, so hollow tress can easily live without the need for the stuff in the middle.
Have fun out there!

Bill Trussell said...

David
I am already planning a trip for next year in September. My wife will be fishing on this trip in Montana with me. Our son will meet us there. thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Alan
I really wish I had carried my 3 wt. with me, would have been a good place to wet the bomber. thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Rick
Lots of exercise. thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Pen
Headed home today, should get back Sunday night, and then some rest. thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Jay
Glad you explained the reason the trees stays alive even with the middle missing. We tried to find a Park Ranger to explain this to us, but one was not to be found. Thanks for the comment

Daniel said...

God's country, and it almost make the taxes and political bull worth it.

Fly Waters Edge - Kevin said...

The Redwoods are truly an awesome sight! I hope to see them again one day.

Bill Trussell said...

Kevin
The Redwoods are a sight I will never forget. One can't appreciate these tress unless you are up close. thanks for the comment

J. said...

I had no idea you were in California! Glad you're enjoying my stomping grounds!

Bill Trussell said...

J
Aside from the scenery, the weather was the next think I liked. Fantastic area out your way. thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Daniel
My wife and I will be back in the near future. thanks for the comment