big trees everywhere

Once the push was over on “Tangled” and I had a spare week before I started up on the next project I was determined to head out on a road trip. Where to go though? I had thought of heading to Hawaii but my camera died so there would be no snorkling pictures. Instead I figured it was time to head to Northern California to visit the National Parks in State that I hadn’t yet seen. This meant Redwood National Park, which I had visited once briefly, Lava Beds National Monument, and Lassen Volcanic National Park. I figured I would power up the coast in one long day of driving to Redwood to start, so that is just what I did.

I found a nice campground in the dark and setup my sleeping bag in the back of the xterra and dreamed of big trees.

The next morning I woke with the sun and got myself organized. I took a few pictures in the campground which was beautiful. I was escaping the torrid heat in LA, and the temperature up north was perfect. I opened the book with all the hikes and decided what I wanted to do, and off I went. The usual morning fog made the coastline dreamlike, but I gather that it was much lighter then usual from the unseasonal heat and dry air. I tried to get some pictures of the fog, but didn’t manage anything particularly satisfying. Sooner then later I gave it up and headed into the forest for my hike.  The trail I choose was the Boy Scout Tree Trail, which, it seemed to me, offered a good selection of what the park is about. I was not disappointed. This is a gorgeous hike, and early in the morning I had it pretty much to myself. It winds through miles of majestic redwood forest, up and down through the hills, passing the eponymous tree and ending at a small waterfall. With the beams of sunlight shining through the remaining mist of the morning it has a wonderful air of mystery.

Anyhow, I took my time hiking in, taking many, many pictures and stopped for lunch at the Boy Scout Tree, named after a local boy scout leader who had pioneered the trail. I finished the hike and took a few pictures of the waterfall. By the time I was heading back the hordes were beginning to arrive. I get the feeling that later in the day this hike is always very busy, so if you happen to be in the area and choose to do this hike try to make it early in the morning to avoid the crowds. Its also much prettier in the early part of the day then with the sun high in the sky.

I plugged Lava Beds into my GPS when I got back to the car and started my journey across northern Cal. There was no direct route across, so I spent part of my day driving through Oregon. Eventually I popped back into Northern Cal, and found the park. I stopped to take a few pictures of the sunset over the rough volcanic landscape then headed into the park to find a place to camp.

I’ll go over what I found in Lava Beds in the next post. In the meantime here is the gallery of trees:

the Boyscout Tree Trail (please click through to see the gallery)

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