On the way to the Redwood National Park…..

On the way to the Redwood National Park…..

We are travelling north on interstate 101 from Ferndale. Like previously it is a road full of twists and turns. It takes about 30 minutes to get to the main town Eureka. There we stopped for gas. Eureka has the big chain stores and malls which is quite different from the rest of the costal towns. At the gas station a girl greeted me with Sat Sri Akal, I responded and asked if there was a Gurdwara, she said the nearest one is 4 hours away in a town called Redding, as this was out of the way we decided to try and pop in on the way back. Onwards to the Redwoods…….

A few miles out out Eureka the road started hugging the coastline and the view were fantastic.

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After passing a town called Trinidad we came across a very quiet beach.

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The access to the Redwoods NP is free but you need to get a pass from the visitor information centre, only 50 are issued in any one day. This pass is ONLY required for the Tall Trees trail. So we decided to stay near the information centre in a town called Orick…..the town has three motels. All of them looked like they needed some major work. The only one that had any vacancies had skeletons hanging on the outside!! We turned around and drive to a town called Trinidad….now this is a fantastic little town but the motels are fairly pricey. The first one we stopped at was $56 and had plenty of vacancies…..when you look at it you can understand why! We carried on, the next one was very pricey starting at $200 +!! But hey you did get a free seven course breakfast and I should bloody well hope so! We carried on after three more pricey but very nice motels we stopped at one called Trinidad Inn, the lady was very helpful and gave us a good price on the room. After checking in, I drove down to the local supermarket called Murphy’s, where I bought hummus, gluten free biscuits. A great combination lol!

Last trip to Ferndale…..

After a fantastic morning walking amongst the giants we decided to go back to Lost Coast Cafe in Ferndale, for lunch also this would give us a good idea on how good this restaurant actually is.

Mario greeted us and said I have made some vegan and gluten free scones and saved some for you. We were very pleased. I ordered the lentil soup and tofu sandwich, Sangeet ordered the tofu sandwich without the wheat bread, Mario said I can add brown rice and make it into a stir fry. As yesterday the meals were fantastic we also had the scone warmed and it tasted amazing. Did not taste like the usual dry gluten free texture.

We can definitely recommend this cafe!

Walking among the giants…..

Walking among the giants…..

After checking out of the motel, we drove to the visitor information centre, this one is located on the Avenue of the Giants,
Humboldt Redwoods State Park
17119 Avenue of the Giants, Weott
707-946-2263

There we got some leaflets and good advice from the volunteers, we decided to do a couple of walks, Rockerfeller loop trail and Gould Grove Nature trail:

Old form of transport on display in this visitor centre:
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A small example of what you will see also at this visitor centre:
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Rockerfeller Loop Trail/Bull Creek Flats (ADA Accessible) This loop trail is at the foot of the majestic 7,000 acre Rockefeller Forest, traveling near where Bull Creek meets the South Fork Eel River. Trees soaring to immense heights combined with a relatively open under story combine to create a fairy-book forest! Trailhead: 1.1 miles west of the Avenue of the Giants on Mattole Road, which breaks off at Avenue of the Giants mile marker 20.6, at Dyerville. Length: 0.7 miles Time: 30 minutes Elevation +/-: 20 feet.

Gould Grove Nature Trail (ADA Accessible) Located directly across the Avenue of the Giants from the Visitor Center and Burlington Campground this short loop trail features 300′ tall trees, evidence of early logging, and easy access to the river via a spur trail. The trail offers a self-guided system of interpretive signs. Trailhead: Directly across the road from the Visitor Center, Avenue of the Giants mile marker 16.5. Length: 0.6 miles Time: 30 minutes

They give you a fantastic insight into the Redwoods, to truly get a real feel of the environment I think you need go do longer walks for example 8 miles.

Avenue of the Giants
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A small view on how big the giants are:

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We have decided to drive further north to see even larger (if that is possible!) Redwoods.

Sitting on the porch just missing my banjo and straw…..!

Sitting on the porch just missing my banjo and straw…..!

This morning we were sat on the cabin porch, I thought, all I am missing is a banjo and a straw in my mouth, I would fit in perfectly as hillbillies or a red neck!! Especially as we are supposed to be in red neck territory.

As we sat there a car pulled up, a American couple were in the car, the guys rolls down the window and says Sat Naam! We were amazed! He then said Sat Sri Akal and Waheguru! We asked if they wanted to meditate he said they were just passing through and carried on their way. We were left amazed……such a nice pleasant surprise.

Afterwards we had a walk to the Eterrnal Tree House which is across the road from the motel. The base of the giant Redwood has been turned into a room!

We drove north along the Avenue of the Giants to a town called Ferndale population 1400, as soon as we parked up and walked down Main Street, Sangeet and I had the feeling that there was a vegetarian restaurant here……anyway we carried on walking through the town, the Victorian buildings dated back to the late 1800’s the people in the town were very friendly….perhaps because they knew we were tourists and would not stay long!!! We crossed the road and walked back passing a Mexican restaurant which we decided to ignore, then couple of shops from there was a cafe called
‘Lost Coast Cafe’
468 Main Street
Ferndale
CA 95536
Tel: +1 786 5330

it was vegetarian and vegan!! Also it had many gluten free buns and cakes, Sangeet ordered a side salad and lentil soup, I had lentil soup and a grilled tofu sandwich. They tasted fantastic and you could tell they were lovingly made! I also had a scone which was vegan! Please note the feta cheese is made with animal rennet. The owner, Mario came to chat with us. He has been a vegetarian for the last 40 years and this business is in its fourth year. Mario said to us he was 63!! He looked very healthy and young for a chap who is 63.

After a fantastic meal we carried on walking towards some residential houses, we passed a motel which from the front looked very nice, a side view showed it was a fake front?! Anyway, we carried on walking, passing a library where we popped in. Sangeet bought three books totalling $4! and I found free wifi, so we were both happy, we then popped to the grocery for essentials. Funyuns, pretzels, nachos, salsa and bananas. We the bananas were healthy to balance out the chips!

As we are both traveling light we needed to find a laundrette, the closest one is in a town called Rio Dell (15 minutes away from Red Crest) our route from Ferndale took us through Rio Dell, so we thought about checking the times and have a look around the town, it closed at 9pm so will pop back later.

Located along the Eel River in northern California, Humboldt Redwoods State Park contains some of the world’s most majestic ancient redwood groves. The park encompasses over 53,000 acres, including 17,000 acres of old-growth coast redwoods. In 1921 Save the Redwoods League dedicated the first Memorial Grove, Colonel Raynal C. Bolling Memorial Grove, in what is now known as Humboldt Redwoods State Park. Today the park contains a diverse coast redwood ecosystem, which includes Rockefeller Forest, the largest remaining old-growth forest in the world, and the entire Bull Creek watershed.

We decided to drive the 31 mile scenic route called the Avenue of the Giants starting from north and going south wards. WOW! This is an amazing drive. The Redwoods are HUGE, you really need to see this first hand to appreciate how big they are. The Avenue of the Giants runs parallel to route 101. 200 miles north of San Francisco and 100 miles south of the Oregon border. A must see!

We also went to an area in the red woods called Founders Grove where lies the Dyerville Giant (370 ft fallen tree!). The Dyerville Giant was recognised as a “champion” coast redwood as certified by the American Foresters Association until it fell on March 24 1991. Before it fell it was at least 362 feet tall, that is two feet taller then Niagara Falls. It is 17 feet in diameter, 52 feet in circumference and probably weighs 1,000,000 pounds.

The Avenue of the Giants comes to a end (if driving north to south) near a town called Garberville, so instead of driving back up to the laundrette in Rio Dell. We looked for one in this town, as soon as we entered we found it.. Cool! Saves us a drive up. Can you believe the washing, drying and soaps cost us $8!! We are more used to paying hostel prices of $1 for washing drying and free soap! – I am sure Indians own this place with prices so high!

Garberville seems to be full of pot smoking hippies! We popped into a Chinese restaurant but did not like the look of, so walked back to launderette. We met a guy there called Seth, a well travelled guy who last year had been to India and visited the Harimandar sahib and loved it. He gave us some very good information about Cambodia and Laos, also where to get our India tourist visa from. Thanks Seth, much appreciated.

We arrived back at the motel around 21:30 after meeting fantastic people and having great food. O and the sights were awesome!!!

Another fantastic drive…..

Another fantastic drive…..

What another fantastic drive northwards along highway 1, winding roads along beautiful ocean views and sometimes forests, we passed a couple of very small towns where there were two or three houses and a gas station. Our destination was a town called Red Crest the motel we had booked is called Redcrest Resort (sounds posh for a motel!!!). Highway one comes to an end at Leggett where it joins interstate 101, it now means we have traveled on highway 1 from Los Angeles (LA to San Fran was done on a previous holiday) which I was proud of! At Leggett we got signs for a huge tree you could drive through! This is a must see.

Here’s me driving through the tree

They reckon the maximum age of the tree is 2400 years! (How do you get a maximum age if it is still alive?) nevertheless if you ever around here it is $5 to see the tree and spend money in the gift shop.

We got onto interstate 101 and thought it would be the usual USA straight long roads but this was also very winding roads, we went through signs saying ‘danger entering tsunami zone’….if there was a tsunami whilst we were there what would we do!!!!

We arrived at the motel around 7:30 pm the room is clean which is what we like!

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