Redwoods National Park, Lady Bird Johnson Grove and Yurok Loop Trail

4/29/16 (Friday) in Klamath, CA (Golden Bear RV Resort-PPA)

On our way, on US 101, south to the Redwoods National Park, we spotted Roosevelt Elk. They only exist in California, here in the Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park and the surrounding National Park. That was a marvelous start to our day visiting the National Park.

elk 2

We got to cross a different pedestrian bridge on the trail to Lady Bird Johnson Grove, built of redwood, I’m sure.

lady 1

Some fun highlights from that trek:


We finished in time to return to Miss Journey for our lunch, saving our picnic lunch for tomorrow. Then it was such a beautiful day, we went in search of the Yurok Loop Trail. It looked like it was about 5 miles north of our campground, just off US 101, so we headed there. Unfortunately, we couldn’t see any indication of it for 10 miles, when we turned around. We stopped at a couple vistas on our way back (still searching), then found it at Lagoon Creek. There had been NO Lagoon Creek sign going north, only going south and we stopped because it had a neat creek and good parking. While investigating we found the sign for the trail and off we went.

Vistas of the Ocean. Those large stand alone rocks (composed of harder minerals that are resisting the wave action) are called seastacks.

Lagoon Creek

Yurok Loop Trail

That was a fun trail that led along the ocean and into deep forest. When we got home, we were blessed with another treat: Cormorants, I believe, swimming right past our rig. What a lovely day we had.



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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