The drive across the coastal mountain range of Northern California is like driving through a travel brochure.
Beautiful forests and winding mountain roads follow along the picturesque Trinity River canyon; Mount Shasta watching off in the distance.
The scenery intensifies as we near the coast and soon we are in the forests of Redwood National Park. A large heard of elk graze in the meadow just to the left of the road. Large male elk can exceed 1000 pounds, their antlers spread wide.
Redwoods are the world’s tallest living trees, growing as tall as 380 feet from a seed as small as a tomato seed. There are many hiking trails and really the only way to appreciate these trees is to get up close and personal with them.
Some of these giants are more than 2,000 years old. Holy deck lumber, batman!
The national park stretches along the north coast of California. The road winds along awesome sea cliffs and then back into thick forests.
There are many state beaches and although not very busy today, I bet that they are packed during the summer months.
Good bye California, you have been good to us. We will never forget you.