Redwood National Park is actually a lot more piecemeal than some of the larger land mass parks. Redwood is constructed a little like Cuyahoga Valley - you go in and out of the park instead of being in the park 24/7 once you're within the park boundaries. And there are several state parks that also help make up this park. In fact, Redwood is always referred to as Redwood National and State Parks.
Plus, there are phenomenally large and beautiful trees. Once upon a time, in an acting class, I did a scene from a play called "Redwood Curtain" - so I would've wanted to visit, regardless of my National Parks project.
We did a few drives on our way south; including a morning hike in the Northern California chill and the Avenue of the Giants.
We saw lots of trees, both alive and fallen:
This tree comes up to my waist:
The hole is about 5'2" in height - i.e I fit in there:
We found this banana slug who apparently eat everything but sequoia seeds:
And found this unknown creature on the end of a tuber:
Not bamboo, but certainly looked like it:
Discovered a snake in the crystal clear creek - scared the ever-lovin' out of me:
And when the fog burnt off, the rays of sunlight were beautiful:
We even saw an elk (not pictured is his harem of females):
For the rest of the photos, click here.
It is so nice to be in awe of such large trees and to realize just exactly how OLD they are! Amazing. Humbling.