Some people probably wonder what the fuss is all about seeing some big trees. Yes, it is about the trees. However, it is about being one with nature and exploring the flora, fauna and wildlife. Every one can experience the Redwoods in their own way – drive through one of the Parks, get a little close to nature with an interpretive trail or stopping at a visitor’s center, or go full out – camp, hike, explore. Life is better outside your COMFORT ZONE!!!
Humboldt Redwoods State Park – Rockefeller Forest (Photo by RSheridan)
Bears, Seals and Slugs – On My! We have had some interesting experiences camping in the Redwoods. Our first camping experience was in a tent in Patrick’s Point State Park – beautiful park. A few days before we arrived, a bear took down the wooden bear box in our site, so kept everything in our vehicle – we were still newbies in camping with bears. Most mornings we laid in our tent and listened to the seals. When we were packing up to leave we encountered a slug stuck to the tent. I live in a place that encounters winter and know what cabin fever is, but that heavy, constant fog is a whole different animal and at times brings out the worst in a person – especially when you are trying to rough it in a tent for more than a day.
Our second camping experience was in a tent trailer (a slight upgrade from a tent) in the Humboldt Redwoods State Park at a campground in the Rockefeller forest. We were on the Oregon Coast and once again the fog pushed us to see sunlight and warmth. We would not make it as Vampires! This is where we experienced our first bear encounter at about 4 am – my spouse smelled the bear and I heard something chuffing right by my head. Then came the scratching and the bump to our trailer – needless to say we did not order a wake up call!
We have seen a majority of the Redwoods throughout the years in our travels and each experience is unique. My favorite place was exploring Fern Canyon in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park and seeing the Elk in this area too. I enjoyed the Lady Bird Johnson Grove – had a natural vibe to the place – like you were able to become one with nature – I know sounds corny. I also remember going to the Battery Point Lighthouse in Crescent City and could not figure out why everyone was leaving while we were just arriving – the tide was coming in – that was the quickest lighthouse tour I have been on.