Avenue of the Giants

4/20/16 (Wednesday) in Scotia, CA (Stafford RV-PPA)

Because this looked like the nicest day in our week (rain predicted), we decided to drive the “Avenue of the Giants” today. The “Giants” are Redwoods. The “Avenue” is a road that pretty much parallels US 101, but with a speed limit of 35 mpg and on a narrow, tree hugging road. A lot of this road was similar to the “30 seconds of terror” piece we experienced at the Richardson Grove. A wonderful experience in a car! It all lies within Humboldt Redwoods State Park. There are brochures for an “Auto Tour” located at the north end, conveniently where we started! Along the way are places with nice trails, with the nicest right at that north spot: Drury Chaney Grove #8. Many people worked hard to preserve these redwoods, providing the funds to buy the land. Their names are posted at various groves. Note you can always click on the image to enlarge it (to read it).


Highlights from our various treks throughout that park:




There were commercial areas along the route, naturally, even campgrounds (more expensive than ours). Some highlights from those places:

The Immortal Tree: It’s about 1000 years old, surviving lightening that removed its top, a logger’s axe and fire in 1908, then the ’64 flood. Then the Eternal Tree House. Can you see the new trees growing from its roof?


At the Visitor Center: what most impressed me was Charles Kellogg (1868-1949). He was raised largely in the woods, with Indians, so he became very close to nature. Most remarkably, he could imitate bird sounds (they played them on an old RCA record there). Also cool was the Travel Log he built (4 wheel drive) to cover the country asking for help with saving the Redwoods (SRL-Save the Redwoods League) and to sell U.S. Bonds to fund WWI. Notice the toilet under the sink!


We drove into Roosevelt Forest, but the road was extremely narrow and rough and there weren’t nice places/groves with trails, so we headed out and toward home. We missed a couple groves at the southern end that we may return to visit. We’d walked a lot today, so we crashed when we got home.

Thursday we kept expecting rain and just laid around. I got bored and went over to visit our neighbor (Don/Shirley), the RV that isn’t here for just one day. In fact they’ll be here until Monday and we leave Tuesday. Lovely folks. I even enjoyed a quiet walk with Shirley and their dog Corky (a Corgi). We did manage to wipe down our CRV (filthy from rainy trip here).

Friday it poured all day, so we wiped down Miss Journey in the short respites. I can’t remember when we last washed her. Well, I remember we did when we were home July 2015!

About Patricia Elser

I've always loved the loose, flowing, transparent look of watercolors, of Chinese paintings and their calligraphy, but alas, no watercolor classes were available when I was in school, so that interest remained buried until my children were grown. Even then, I was afraid that I couldn't really paint, so upon my sister's advice, I actually started to take classes. I signed up for every class available, determined to learn no matter how afraid I was. I came upon a teacher, Stan Miller, who inspired me, who opened the door to success in watercolor. I love to look at beautiful images. I want to capture them forever. All my life, photography was how I gathered images of the beauty I saw. Thanks to all that photography, I enjoy composing pictures, especially up close. Watercolors allow me to add more of me in their translation of that beauty. My paintings reflect my love for music and dance, with their rhythm and flow. I am fascinated by the play of light, so it appears in my pictures as drama for they are filled with darks and lights. Maybe it's the challenge, maybe it's the beauty, but now, when a work comes together, it fills my soul.
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