Land of Enchantment…..

Land of Enchantment…..

After a good nights sleep we packed said our goodbyes to Amrit Phenji and drove to San Francisco airport, as we are only forty minutes away from San Francisco airport we got to hertz rental company for 8:30. It was definitely sad to leave California.
We then took the air train to terminal 3 (United flight) the check in queues were very long, luckily we had enough time.

Once through security we proceeded to the airport lounge where we caught up on last minute emails.

The lounge, where everybody looks so happy!!


The plane

View of New Mexico from the plane

The flight to Albuquerque takes two and a half hours, also Albuquerque is ahead by one hour. As soon as we landed got our luggage and picked up the car from hertz. We headed over to Annapurna for cheese toastie and Sangeet had burger. Both were good vegetarian and gluten free meals.

Annapurna Restaurant

Cheese Toastie


Sangeet's burger


We then headed over to Espanola. Shanti Kaur phenji has very kindly offered her amazing house to us. After seven years we have finally got to spend quality time with phenji. We have often said we will chat over a nice hot drink!

On the way to Espanola




We chatted with Shanti phenji and paji. Shanti phenji has been a huge inspiration for me and many others since the Jaap sahib course in 2007. It was such a powerful course and it lead me to take Amrit. I truly made the connection on this course.

Phenji and paji had a evening function so attended that. We visited the Gurdwara. Afterwards we thought of going down memory lane and visiting the house we stayed at, the gold house. I stayed there for my Kundalini yoga teacher training and Sangeet stayed there for the super health course.

Whist entering the compound where the gold house is situated, two ladies approached us looking stressed and said they are attending the 21 stages of meditation course. They were at a loss where everything is, Gurdwara, registration area. We said jump into the car and we will show you, we showed them the Gurdwara also drove down to Walmart so they could call home. Sangeet explained the Sunday programme and the daily Sardhana. The ladies name are Ciclia from Brazil and Tanya from Moab they were very grateful for our help. It was great to exchange stories on how they came across Kundalini yoga and their love for the Sikh way of life.


As it was getting late and everybody had plans for Sardhana (3:40am start!) we decided to head back to Shanti Kaur Phenjis house.

Looking back it is amazing how things work out. We had no plans for the evening. Waheguru did not want us to be idle so put us to work and help the two ladies!


Camp Richardson…..

Camp Richardson…..

We only booked the motel for one night therefore are checking out today. We asked the front office if we could leave the car in their car park whilst we have a wander around downtown, she said yeah of course! Your car parked there makes me look busy so please go ahead spend money, have lunch, enjoy yourselves. I just love the friendliness of the staff here, generally all over the USA the staff are always friendly and willing to help.

Headed down around small Nevada city downtown (Nevada City is among the most interesting of California gold rush towns, attracting visitors from far and wide. The entire downtown district is a national historic landmark where guests enjoy quality restaurants, comfortable lodgings and a variety of fine shops, museums, all flavored with old-fashioned Nevada City hospitality.) We wandered along Broad Street, Coyote Street, through some residential areas. The houses are very cute (though on second inspection, very big!), then main street, commercial street. Broad Street is where most of the art galleries and shops are. There are a lot of restaurants on commercial street. The central part has a great old mid west feel, nice gift shops, cafes..lots of veggies, friendly people. There is a hippy feel to the place.

Walking to downtown


Imports shop in town

Masonic Building

As we walked back towards Broad Street, a guy standing near the corner said ‘Sikh?’ when we said yes, he said ‘great’. Then he went on to tell the guy he was with that we (Sikhs) are very honorable people. Reminds us how much we have to live up to!

Then off to
815 Zion Street
Nevada City,
CA 95959
t: +1 530 265 5282
e: [email protected]
Opening times
Mon-Fri: 8am-7pm
Sat: 10am-7pm
*Sun: 10am-5pm
*(Spring & Summer only)

Inside of the restaurant

Kitchen and staff

Restaurant Deco

Counter from where you collect your meals

Our delicious drinks
Enormous portions, we had to take half away!

Funky (in a good way) vibe. Delicious smoothies, big portions of tasty food and really friendly staff! They are really into recycling / sustainability too which is a bonus. We left with a takeaway almond milk hot chocolate and headed for Truckee.

The drive to Truckee was amazing, stunning tall trees lined the sides of the roads, we so enjoy being back ‘on the road’ in the States, the roads are so open and the majority of the longs drives are through fantastic scenery. On arrival into Truckee we went to the California Information Centre, which housed the transport centre. There was a railway behind the information centre.

Back on the open roads

First glimpse of Lake Tahoe


The train line

Truckee Train Station

We had to take a picture of the Greyhound bus as it brought back great memories

Truckee shops

A very cool toy shop

Another picture of Truckee

A very quaint shop

Truckee (originally, Coburn Station) is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. The population was 16,180 at the 2010 census, up from 13,864 at the 2000 census.

Truckee was named after a Paiute chief. His assumed Paiute name was Tru-ki-zo. He was the father of Chief Winnemucca and grandfather of Sarah Winnemucca. The first Europeans who came to cross the Sierra Nevada encountered his tribe. The friendly Chief rode toward them yelling “Tro-kay!”, which is Paiute for “Everything is all right”. The unaware travelers assumed he was yelling his name. Chief Truckee later served as a guide for John C. Frémont.

At Truckee we enquired about accommodation near Emerald bay, Lake Tahoe. The very helpful and friendly lady gave us the name of a cabin style accommodation.

Once we got gas we headed to Tahoe City, after taking a bit of a detour we finally got there! We then drove down to Emerald Bay.

Tahoe City (formerly, Tahoe) is an unincorporated community in Placer County, California. Tahoe City is located on Lake Tahoe, 14 miles (22.5 km) southeast of Donner Pass. It lies at an elevation of 6250 feet (1905 m).
The site was surveyed in 1863, and Tahoe House was built in 1864. The Tahoe post office opened in 1871, closed for a period in 1896, and changed its name to Tahoe City in 1949. The ZIP Code is 96145. Tahoe City is combined with Sunnyside for census purposes into Sunnyside-Tahoe City census-designated place (CDP).

Stunning pictures of Lake Tahoe

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Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe is a large freshwater lake in the Sierra Nevada of the United States. At a surface elevation of 6,225 ft (1,897 m), it is located along the border between California and Nevada, west of Carson City. Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in North America. Its depth is 1,645 ft (501 m), making it the second-deepest in the United States (the deepest is Crater Lake in Oregon, being 300 ft (91 m) deeper, at 1,945 ft (593 m)). Additionally, Lake Tahoe is listed as the 26th largest lake by volume in the world at 122,160,280 acre·ft (150.68249 km3).
The lake was formed about 2 million years ago and is a part of the Lake Tahoe Basin with the modern lake being shaped during the ice ages. It is known for the clarity of its water and the panorama of surrounding mountains on all sides. The area surrounding the lake is also referred to as Lake Tahoe, or simply Tahoe.
Lake Tahoe is a major tourist attraction in both Nevada and California. It is home to a number of ski resorts, summer outdoor recreation, and tourist attractions. Snow and skiing are a significant part of the area’s economy and reputation. Mountain and lake scenery are attractions throughout the year. The Nevada side also includes large casinos. Highways provide year-round access from Reno, Carson City, and Sacramento.

After stopping to take the above pictures we were back on the road to Emerald Bay

On the way there are many vista points to take amazing pictures

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Lake Tahoe another vista point

Once we reached Emerald Bay we stopped at the vista point

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Emerald Bay

Emerald Bay State Park is a state park of California, USA, preserving Lake Tahoe’s Emerald Bay, a National Natural Landmark. Park features include Eagle Falls and Vikingsholm, a 38-room castle that is considered one of the finest examples of Scandinavian architecture in the United States. The park contains the only island in Lake Tahoe, Fannette Island. The park is accessible by California State Route 89 near the southwest shore of the lake. Emerald Bay is one of Lake Tahoe’s most photographed and popular locations.
In 1969 Emerald Bay was recognized as a National Natural Landmark by the federal Department of the Interior. In 1994 California State Parks included the surrounding water of the bay as a part of the park, making Emerald Bay one of the first underwater parks of its type in the state, protecting the various wrecks and other items on the bay’s bottom.
The 1,533-acre (620 ha) park was established in 1953. It is located directly south of D. L. Bliss State Park.
Summer temperatures at the park range from the low 40 °F (4 °C) at night to mid-70 °F (21 °C) during the day, and during the winter visitors will usually experience temperatures between 20 and 40 °F (-7 and 4 °C). During harsh winters the bay freezes over. The bay is about 1.7 miles (2.7 km) in length, and about two-thirds of a mile (1 km) wide at its widest point.

For a snack we had the Funyuns, we bought a few days ago…..still tasted good!

After a few minutes we arrived at Camp Richardson.

Camp Richardson
P.O. Box 9028
1900 Jameson Beach Rd.
South Lake Tahoe,
CA 96158
t: +1 800.544.1801 (local: +1 530.541.1801)
f: +1 530.541.1802
[email protected]

Before the white man came, Lake Tahoe was the sacred center of the world for the Washoe Indians. These gentle people lived a hunting and gathering existence moving with the seasons from the Carson Valley to the Tahoe area for fishing, hunting and seed gathering. The Taylor Creek area was their summer camp, and from it they took fish and animals, which fed them during the long, cold winters. After white men came for ranching and lumbering, the Washoe People began to work in the camps and mills of this area for cash wages, and changed their lifestyle to accommodate that of the white residents.

The earliest records of ownership of the land around the present Camp Richardson Resort and Marina are from 1875 when M.C. Gardner acquired a timber holding of several thousand acres from the U.S. Government and built a sawmill and railroad line. He paid 25 cents an acre for the land, plus $1 per acre payable over 20 years. His railroad followed the present Jameson Beach Roadway. He sold over 12,000,000 board feet of logs each year for 12 years from this location.

By the late 1880’s, he had logged over much of the area. E.J. “Lucky” Baldwin then bought out his holdings and began to develop the lakefront portion. He built a stately summer home, and sold parcels to other families (Pope, Tevis, Comstock, and Lawrence) who built the lovely homes which are now on the adjoining properties. The Tallac Hotel was built to standards of the great European Summer resorts and until the 1920’s was a prime attraction of the Lake Tahoe Area.

In 1904 Joseph Parmeter and his niece Nellie Copeland, bought the 100×400 ft. parcel that is now the Camp Richardson Marina and built tent cabins and summerhouses in Copeland’s Grove. Nellie and her husband, the hard drinking, hard-swearing J.C., also built a saloon over the water and a dance pavilion for their summer resort and catered to “Folks weary of the city”. Such was J.C.’s devotion to the saloon that the next owner of the Grove was their bartender Ziegler, and it became “Zeigler’s Grove” until the late 1930’s.

In 1921 Captain Alonzo Richardson leased a large parcel from the Comstock and Lawrence families and set up a stage service from Placerville to South Lake Tahoe. For many years his oversized, low-slung Pierce Arrow touring cars were a familiar sight in the area. In 1924, he bought the property and began to build cabins and a lakefront pavilion. By 1926 he added the hotel, dining room, gas station and other buildings of the present day resort. In 1927, the Tallac Hotel was torn down and Al Richardson moved the Tallac Post Office to Camp Richardson. He built the “long wharf” which is now the Resort pier, and operated a launch and other water services for guests. The Steamer Tahoe and mail boats called in at the wharf daily.

In 1953, the tragic death of Richardson’s son, and his subsequent passing left the ownership and operation of the Resort to his widow, Cora, and his daughter and son-in-law, Florence “Sis” and Ray Knisley. Ray Knisley was already well known and respected in both California and Nevada for his management of the Baldwin Estate and properties as well as his active roles in conservation and parks in both states.

In 1967, the operation of the Resort was becoming more difficult and less profitable, and there were great pressures on the family to sell the property for condominium or commercial development. This was the period of greatest building and development in the Tahoe Basin, and the lakefront properties were extremely valuable. Ray Knisley was determined not to allow the area to be over-commercialized, and approached the USFS to take over the entire recreational area from Baldwin Beach and Taylor Creek through Camp Richardson to Pope Beach. This conversion was accomplished without a single dollar of government money and has created one of the largest and most valuable areas of recreation ever converted to public use.

Today, Camp Richardson Resort is operated under a SPECIAL USE PERMIT from the USFS. The Camp Richardson Marina is privately owned and operated in conjunction with the Resort.

Many families have returned to Camp Richardson in South Lake Tahoe every summer for up to 70 years, making the trip with two, three, and four generations. Some older guests remember “Rich” Richardson meeting the mail steamer or driving up the road in his favorite red Pierce Arrow. (The cabins still bear the names of the automobiles and bus equipment given to them by the Richardsons.) The Washoe Indians, who were here before us and who worked in the Resort in the early days, are now returning to build summer encampments on Taylor Creek which will show visitors some of the ways of the Washoe Indians.

We first had a look at a duplex apartment which was not to our liking, had a funny smell!

We then had a look at the cabin

We ended up staying at the hotel part of the resort which had a cosy feel to it

Communal area

Our room

Once we unpacked and settled down, Sangeet suggested we play mastermind.

The reason my turban is so high is because my brain was fried after playing this game!

I was totally shattered after playing the game and was so happy to hit the bed!

San Luis Obispo (SLO)…..

San Luis Obispo (SLO)…..

After a great time on the moon stone beach. We headed south on Highway 1 (Pacific Coast Highway). State Route 1 (SR 1) is a major north-south state highway that runs along most of the Pacific coastline of the U.S. state of California. Highway 1 has several portions designated as either Pacific Coast Highway (PCH), Cabrillo Highway, Shoreline Highway, or Coast Highway. Its southern terminus is at Interstate 5 (I-5) near Dana Point in Orange County and its northern terminus is at U.S. Highway 101 (US 101) near Leggett in Mendocino County. Highway 1 also at times runs concurrently with US 101, most notably through a 54-mile (87 km) stretch in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, and across the Golden Gate Bridge.
The highway is famous for running along some of the most beautiful coastlines in the USA, leading to its designation as an All-American Road. In addition to providing a scenic route to numerous attractions along the coast, the route also serves as a major thoroughfare in the Greater Los Angeles Area, the San Francisco Bay Area, and several other coastal urban areas.
SR 1 was built piecemeal in various stages, with the first section opening in the Big Sur region in the 1930s. However, portions of the route had several names and numbers over the years as more segments opened. It was not until the 1964 state highway renumbering that the entire route was officially designated as Highway 1. Although SR 1 is a popular route for its scenic beauty, frequent landslides and erosion along the coast have caused several segments to be either closed for lengthy periods for repairs, or re-routed further inland.

After around 45 minutes we arrived at a town called San Luis Obispo (SLO)

San Luis Obispo ( Spanish for St. Louis, the Bishop of Toulouse) is a city in California, located roughly midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco on the Central Coast. Founded in 1772 by Spanish Fr. Junípero Serra, San Luis Obispo is one of California’s oldest communities. The city, locally referred to as San Luis, SLO, or SLOw Town (as its county is also referred to as SLO) is the county seat of San Luis Obispo County and is adjacent to California Polytechnic State University. The population was 45,119 at the 2010 census.

We headed to bliss cafe,
1035 Chorro Street,
San Luis Obispo,
CA 93401
Tel +1 (805) 547-0108
[email protected]

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As we entered the restaurant, I asked Renee if they taught Kundalini Yoga in SLO, she said there is a class but some distance away. I am still puzzled as to why I asked this question, I have never asked it before. I told her that Sangeet and I are teachers, Renee got excited and asked “do you live in SLO or nearby, I have been wanting to practice Kundalini yoga and found it difficult to find a teacher close by” We said unfortunately not, we did offer to teach her Sat Kriya.

For information on Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan:

“Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan® is considered the most comprehensive of yoga traditions, combining meditation, mantra, physical exercises and breathing techniques; it is a Raj Yog, encompassing the eight limbs of yoga into a singular practice of excellence and ecstasy. “Kundalini” literally means “the curl of the lock of hair of the beloved.” This poetic metaphor alludes to the flow of energy and consciousness that exists within each of us, and enables us to merge with – or “yoke” – the universal Self. Fusing individual and universal consciousness creates a divine union, called “yoga.” The Upanishads, dating back to the fifth century B.C., describe the kundalini, although the oral tradition reaches back even further into history. For thousands of years, this sacred science and technology was veiled in secrecy, passed along verbally from master to chosen disciple.”

Sangeet ordered the Bhakti bowl and I had the burger. The food and service is out of this world! Although the restaurant says vegetarian and vegan….it is so not to scare the vegetarians who have not made the transition to veganism. As we were eating for our lunch the restaurant got busier, so unfortunately we were unable to teach Sat Kriya. I offered to email Renee the details.

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We then HAD to try desserts, well we might as well do a proper review!!

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Both desserts were gluten free as well as being vegan they tasted fabulous!

Sat Kriya:

Sat Kriya is one of the most powerful kriyas Yogi Bhajan taught. It is an entire Yoga Kriya (set) in one exercise (combining posture, mudra, movement and of course mantra).

Sat Kriya is a key part of Kundalini yoga. Beginners can start by practising it for 3 minutes a day. Its effects are numerous.

I will write more on this and explain how Sat Kriya is performed……

After a great meal, we had a wander around downtown SLO, we first came to this town in 2005 and is has become a lot busier.

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As we had only paid for two hour ($1) street parking we decided to head back to the car and continue the journey. We got back onto highway 1 and continued south, now some of highway 1 goes inland, so in order to cover more distance in shorter time we decided to go east and get onto the interstate 101 (later, interstate 101 and highway 1 merge and hug the coastline.) There are a number of vista points, which have fantastic views of the ocean.

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We were looking out of the vista point and could see dolphins playing, it was a fantastic sight.

Right back onto highway 1……

We went through a town called Pismo, which made me chuckle, I kept saying it whilst driving all the way through town!



The hostel we had booked turned out to be excellent, a very homely atmosphere. The people who looked after the hostel sat with you whilst having breakfast and were genuinely interested in talking with you.

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View from the outside:

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At the hostel we got talking to a German couple who gave us very good information and where to go in Thailand and mentioned that we should go to Laos. Sorry I forgot their names…if you guys read this please comment and remind me!

After checking out we had a look around Cambria. As Halloween is fast approaching,the town had scarecrows all around, part of their scarecrow festival. Some of them were very strange!

The town has a population of around 6,000 (as of 2010) and is home to mainly retired affluent couples. With plenty of restaurants and art galleries, which were not cheap you would have to be in the money to live here! Even gas was around $5 a gallon, where as in San Fran we were paying $3.75 a gallon!

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Yes, still in the USA!
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The town is worth seeing and is great fun!

After visiting downtown, we walked back to the car, on the way a couple asked us if the colour of our turban had any meaning, we informed them and also told them a bit about Sikhism, they enjoyed expanding their mind especially as they did not know about our religion. Afterwards we picked up the car and drove to Moon Stone Beach (5 minutes drive) it was a very nice beach with a calm Pacific Ocean. Where we had parked was slightly crowded so we went down a bit further to a quieter area. The temperature was around 75 degrees F, cool for me, I am still used to the heat of New Mexico!

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After spending some time walking along the coastline and viewing the large birds, we came to a nice hotel which has a golf course, as we were walking to the hotel reception we met a couple called Daryl and Karen, they were friendly and explained they had been visiting the hotel for a number of years. They then asked why we wear a turban, Sangeet gave a nice explanation of the turban and Sikhi. I butted in by saying we do not convert people! Karen explained to us about Christianity and said the only way to God is through Jesus Christ…….she told us to read the bible. We could have spent a few hours conversing but we finished up after about 30 minutes and moved on to enquire at the reception about the golf.

At the reception we asked how much is the room? The receptionist responded saying “too expensive!!!” (meaning too expensive for a pair of cash strapped looking backpackers?!!) Turned out the room was $125 per night….playing golf was only for hotel residents.

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Daryl and Karen told about a very quiet spot over looking the beach just across from the hotel. We walked over and it was very nice.



After leaving Trinidad we headed south on 101 to a university town called Acarta. As soon as you enter the downtown area you can see that the hippy generation is very much alive here. We drove a couple of blocks when all of a sudden somebody shouts SAT NAAM! That just felt so amazing to hear, I did not know who it was but shouted Sat Naam back!


We needed some cash so drove to Chase bank, unfortunately they charged $3 per transaction so we declined and carried on exploring the downtown area by car.

Sangeet remembers there was a vegetarian cafe in town, as we could not find it we decided to drive the two hours to a town called Redding, then all of a sudden the cafe was on the corner! As we were both pretty full we decided to park up and ‘just’ look at the menu.

The cafe is called Wildflower
Fine vegetarian cuisine
1604 G St
CA 95521
Tel +1 707 822 0360

After ‘just’ looking at the menu, we decided to sit down and order some food, well we might as well review it now that we are here!

Sangeet ordered a scrambled tofu and I had Eric’s favourite, a burger consisting of grilled tofu, portobello mushroom and onions. Both meals were fantastic!!

Afterwards we started our journey to Redding, taking the 101 north then 299 east. The drive was amazing and we drove through Trinity national park. What spectacular views!



Redwoods National Park…..

Redwoods National Park…..

After the inn manager gave us a very good deal on the second night we decided to stay!

After a relaxing morning we drove to the Redwoods National Park. As we got onto interstate 101 after leaving Trinidad, we passed the same beach as yesterday and decided to stop there for a few minutes. Me being a lover of water decided to go as far as I dare and risk the waves. At first the waves were gently massaging my feet, after some time they were getting stronger and almost making me fall….I was soaked but had a great time.

We then drove to the visitor centre near a town called Orick (population of 650):
Thomas H. Kuchel Visitor Center
Information, exhibits, bookstore, park film, passport stamps, restrooms, picnic area, beach access. ranger-led activities and programs (summer only), Junior Ranger programs (summer only) and Activity Booklet.

US Highway 101 at Orick, Calif.

Hours of Operation
Spring-fall: Open daily, 9 am to 5 pm
Winter: Open daily, 9 am to 4 pm
Closed: New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
+1 707-465-7765

We required a pass as we wanted to do the Tall Trees Grove hike (4 miles) this hike is fantastic and highly recommended….only 50 passes are available in any day but this time of years quiet, only 4 passes were supplied today, including ours! Remember to take food and water!





Unlike most national parks, there are no fees and no highway entrance stations at Redwood National Park, so it’s imperative to pick up the free map at the park information centres.

Crescent City Information Center
Information, exhibits, bookstore, live video feed from Castle Rock National Wildlife Refuge, passport stamps, restrooms, picnic area, Junior Ranger Activity Booklet

1111 Second Street, Crescent City, Calif.

Hours of Operation

Spring-fall: Open daily, 9 am to 5 pm
Winter: Open daily, 9 am to 4 pm
Closed: New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
+1 707-465-7335.

Interpretive Activities
Junior Ranger activity newspapers are available here.

Thomas H. Kuchel Visitor Center
Information, exhibits, bookstore, park film, passport stamps, restrooms, picnic area, beach access. ranger-led activities and programs (summer only), Junior Ranger programs (summer only) and Activity Booklet.

US Highway 101 at Orick, Calif.

Hours of Operation

Spring-fall: Open daily, 9 am to 5 pm
Winter: Open daily, 9 am to 4 pm
Closed: New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
+1 707-465-7765

Interpretive Programs & Activities
Patio talks and coast walks occur during the summer. Redwood National and State Parks’ Junior Ranger activity newspapers are available here.

Hiouchi Information Center
Information, exhibits, park film, passport stamps, restrooms, picnic area, ranger-led activities and programs (summer only), Junior Ranger programs (summer only) and Activity Booklet

US Highway 199 at Hiouchi, Calif.

Hours of Operation

Summer: Open daily, 9 am to 5 pm
+1 707-458-3294

Interpretive Programs & Activities
Ranger-led walks, junior ranger programs, and evening campfire programs held in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, across the street. Programs occur during the summer season. Redwood National and State Parks’ Junior Ranger activity newspapers are available here.

Jedediah Smith Visitor Center
Information, exhibits, bookstore, passport stamps, restrooms, picnic area, trailheads, ranger-led activities and programs (summer only), Junior Ranger programs (summer only) and Activity Booklet

US Highway 101 at Hiouchi, Calif.

Hours of Operation

Summer: Open daily, 9 am to 5 pm
Off-season (mid-September 2011 to mid-May 2012): Closed.
+1 707-458-3496.

Interpretive Programs & Activities
Ranger-led walks, junior ranger programs, and evening campfire programs occur during the summer. Redwood National and State Parks’ Junior Ranger activity newspapers are available here.

Prairie Creek Visitor Center
Information, exhibits, park film, passport stamps, bookstore, restooms, pincic area, trailheads, ranger-led activities and programs (summer only), Junior Ranger programs (summer only) and Activity Booklet

Just off US Highway 101, along Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway.

Hours of Operation

Summer: 9 am to 5 pm
Off-season: As staffing permits-please call ahead.
Closed: New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
Phone +1 707-488-2171.

Interpretive Programs & Activities
Ranger-led walks, junior ranger programs, and evening campfire programs held in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park during the summer season. Redwood National and State Parks’ Junior Ranger activity newspapers are available here.

After the walk we drove north on the Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway a very scenic drive!

On the way back to Trinidad we stopped again at the beach only for a few minutes. We carried on then saw a turning for the lagoon…this place was amazing. A VERY quite lagoon with the sun setting in the background. BEAUTIFUL!!

Afterwards whilst driving we saw the sun setting over the ocean so stopped and watched it set.



As all the restaurants in trinidad are fish restaurants we decided to head to Murphy’s grocery, Sangeet bought mutter paneer and pizza o and ice cream! I have nachos with salsa and good staple diet!

We ate back at the inn, after a few hours updating emails, the blog, Facebook, backing up the pictures we went to sleep……!

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