If your ego is getting too big, there's no better place to go than the Stout Grove, Redwood National Forest in California. It gives you some perspective of lifespam and the beauty of mother nature. be prepared to see the oldest living things on Earth... yes, older than your grandma, older than the pyramids.more
Across the beach from the overlook you will see the DeMartin House. This was a thriving ranch and dairy farm owned by Louis and Agnes DeMartin. Mrs. DeMartin was famous for her hospitality and her skills in the kitchen including baking great fresh bread. Over the years, numerous traders and others trekking along the coastal trails took advantage of...more
There is nowhere to eat in the park. We did not see anything that looked interesting in Orich, either. To tell the truth, after the incident with the fuel pump, we did not look too eagerly, there might have been something. Heading north, we stopped in Cresent City, where we found The Apple Peddler. Nothing special, not negative, not positive. We had a light meal, the food was OK, and the price was low. The ambience nice and clean. I got tempted by their desserts, though :-) For the three of us, including my dessert, we paid USD 54.69.
(What annoyed me is what annoys me everywhere in the US (and in many other countries, I must add): The price in the menu is NOT the price you pay; they add taxes. And on top of that you are expected to pay tips. I mean, I pay tips at home too, if I am very satisfied. But in the US you are expected to pay anyway, whether you are satisfied with the service or not. If you try to ask how much they expect you to pay, they won't answer. Why don't they just put everything into the price list, net price, tax and service? That would be a lot more tourist friendly. AND we could then add a small tip as an extra if we were especially pleased with the service.)
All in all: An OK place to stop for a meal after a half day hike in the national park, if you are heading north.
At first I thought the wood carvings were cheesy, though the more I saw of them I was impressed by the carvings.
A herd of Roosevelt Elk inhabit the park and can usually be seen either at Elk Praire or Elk meadow.
Please obey all warning signs and stay on the trail for your safety and to protect the area for future generations. Also keep your eyes open for wildlife. You may encounter black bears, elk, mountain lions, bobcats and snakes. Keep in mind theses are wild animals and leave them alone so they will leave you alone. Also remember that the tides in the...more
Roosevelt Elk are usually found in open grass lands, however, they can also sometimes be seen in the forest, especially in hot weather when they look for shade to rest in. The elk are the largest mammal in the park, and may weight more than 1,000 pounds. These are wild animals, and very unpredictable, so do not approach them closely. Bulls are...more
Take care to have enough fuel before you drive into this area! We thought we had plenty, and planned to fill up the tank north of the park, after our hike. But the road was longer than we thought. Only when we came back to the car after the hike did we notice that the fuel indicator pointed to zero! Driving carefully to save fuel, with my heart in...more
Luggage and bags:
A daypack to carry your water and layers of clothes.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: It never gets very warm up here, but temperatures may vary. A good tip is to bring layers of clothes, including light rainwear. And do not forget good walking shoes! The path is partly steep and slippery, no high heels!
Miscellaneous: Bring something to eat, like energy bars; There are no places to buy food in the park.
Fort Ross is the amazing and only testimony of the failed attempt to build a Russian America in the first part of the XIXth. My %L[http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/6ce90/b7bdd/ ]Fort Ross page reminds that the Russian print on the Pacific coast of America is far from negligible : Mount Saint Helen was first climbed and named by Russian...more
Lassen Volcanic Park (page to come) is located in the southern part of the Cascade Mountain range. It is by far not as impressive as the Yellowstone but nevertheless has boiling mud pots, steaming ground, roaring fumaroles, and sulfurous gases. They are a testimony of intense volcanic activity. The last eruption at Lassen Peak occurred in May 1915.more
The Lost Man Creek Trail is 11.5 miles in length. It leads past the World Heritage Site Dedication Area, a cascade on the creek through an old growth and a second growth area and ends up on Bald Hills Road. The trail is moderate for the first two miles from the Lost Man Creek Trailhead then gets more difficult as you gain altitude and have to...more
The trail through the Lady Bird Johnson Grove is a 1 mile (1.4 km) loop trail that is easy to moderate in difficulty. It loops through a range-top forest of redwood and Douglas firs. Because the windswept slopes and ridges provide a less desirable environment than the more protected valleys the redwood shares this area with a wider variety of...more
Redwood National Park consists of five distinct areas and is co-located with three state parks. The state and the National Park Service manages the entire area cooperatively so you may see state or national level rangers in any area at any time. The parks protect over 40,000 acres of old growth trees. The Coastal Redwood is the tallest living thing...more
One of the best places to start out your visit to Redwoods National Park is to stop at one of the visitor centers. Its five visitor centers are spaced through out the park, so hopefully you will be able to stop at one or more of these if you visit during summers. However, in the winter, some of these are not open, and others are open only on some...more
When I first heard about skunk cabbage, I was told that these broad leaf plants were really stinky, with a skunk-like order, especially when in bloom. But I could barely smell the odor unless I put my nose right down to the opening in the flower. Maybe if I had been visiting a marsh where there were a large number of these, the odor would have been...more