Redwood National Park
A weird mix of state parks nestle amongst the National Park areas,but our 'America the Beautiful' card still works. Jurassic Park II was filmed in this area and giant trees, steep cliffs, fog, dangerous waters and ancient ferns certainly seem to be the right backdrop for dinosaurs. We spent our first night surrounded by giant reds having been lucky enough to get into the Jedediah Smith Sate Park. A hike to the magnificent Boy Scout tree with an extra trail sign to the B.S. Tree was a very welcome start to the day. We had the trail to ourselves except for the last ½ leg of our return journey. The trail must have had 40+people on it, a numberof whom seemd very keen to as us stupid questions: 'How long does it usually take?' Murray ' I don't knw, I've only walked it once'. 'How long will it take me?' Caroline, 'I don't know how fast you walk'. 'Is it a loop walk?' So tempting to say yes, but we didn't (there was a map at the trailhead!). 'Are there 2 men on the trail? 'There are 8 people on the trail, more than 2 are men'.
The day finished at the beautiful Humboldt Redwood State Park with washed up old redwoods, sea birds and, of course, the heavy looking Californian fog.
Sightings of Roosevelt elk just nicely rounded off the day, very big and aggressive.
Advice for the coastal parts of the park include 'do not wade or swim, never turn your back on the sea, Tsunami warning area.
Not only was this park a setting for Jurassic Park II, Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, which we only got in because some else left early, was home to the Ewoks in Star Wars VI, Return of the Jedi. This RV site was really beautiful.