Our cabin was just outside Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, so that’s the area we saw the most of. Or anyway, that’s the area Cody saw the most of since he needed walked first thing and there were a few “suggested pet walks” near us (dogs aren’t allowed on trails in the parks). Friday morning, we started the day at the Jed Smith campground/day use area, on a little trail there. We stopped by the visitor center for recommendations, did the Simpson-Reed/Peterson trail, and then took Howland Hill Road out of the park – such a beautiful drive. In Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park, we did the Yurok Loop, but we did a little detour down to a beach, too. We were the only people there, which if you’ve ever read this blog before, you know we very much appreciate. Afterward, we went to Trees of Mystery – didn’t actually go in, just went to the museum and gift shop – and then to Klamath for the last moments of daylight so I could see the Memorial to Captain Courageous, the “hero floating bull.” Then we turned around and headed back north to the cabin, where we made a delicious shrimp and lobster ravioli dinner.
I loved this day because, as incredible as the trees are, it was amazing to get to see the ocean, too. Being only about 350 miles south, it was a lot like the Oregon Coast that we know and love, so it felt like home.