Down the 101

The last five days have been spent driving down Hwy 101, which today as we left the Redwood Forest turned into Hwy 1. Let us tell you something–did it ever turn… and turn… and turn… We were both a bit green in the face after all the turning. We figure it’s nothing compared to some of the roads we will be on in our upcoming travels.
 
A few highlights from these days on the road…
We hiked in the Jedidiah Smith State Park to this HUGE tree. More than 15 boy scouts wide, according to legend!

We hiked in the Jedidiah Smith State Park to this HUGE tree. More than 15 boy scouts wide, according to legend!

Erin spent this hike in a self proclaimed “Technology Timeout”. After battling wireless internet at a Crescant City cafe and then getting frustrated with our new point and shoot camera, she determined a break from technology was in order. 

We have yet to get tired of seeing really big trees. These were from a hike we took in Prarie Creek State Park.

We have yet to get tired of seeing really big trees. These were from a hike we took in Prarie Creek State Park.

We spent two nights at the Elk Prarie Campground, part of Prarie Creek State Park campground. Having two consecutive nights in one place was really great and gave us all of Wednesday to explore. We took full advantage spending the morning mountain biking on a single track trail that led us down to the beach and left us with a steep climb back to 101. The afternoon was spent hiking our favorite hike of the trip so far. We wandered through giant redwoods, climbing up so that we were able to actually feel like we were looking down at the forest floor. Of course, these trees grow to be up to 300 feet tall and we were probably 150 feet up so they still towered above us. The hike led us to a fern canyon. I know, real exciting, right? For any Jurassic Park 2 junkies, you may remember this fern canyon from one of the scenes when a guy is getting eaten by little dinos (at least we’re pretty sure that’s what happens). Despite it’s Hollywood fame, it was worth the 5 mile hike in, which we learned once we got to the end we could have driven to. We were pretty spent afterwards.

Wall of ferns 50 feet high that keep going for about a .3 miles.

Wall of ferns 50 feet high that keep going for about a .3 miles.

 

Today we hit the road early wanting to make it just north of San Francisco. We were driving out of the park, having not yet seen any elk despite camping in the ELK PRARIE campground (the ranger made some smart comment about the elk not giving her their schedule when we asked if there was a time of day they were usually in the meadow), when Erin starts hitting the window (she was driving) exclaiming “ELK, ELK, ELK!” I hadn’t noticed a thing but promptly requested we turn the car around back to the elk. It was worth it! There were about 50 elk, at least 5 of which were bull elk (the ones with the antlers). It was very cool! We decided it was time to leave our viewing spot when the 10 cars and tour bus pulled up behind us and 50 people were on the side of the road, cameras in hand. (As much fun as it would have been to see one of the get charged.)

A bull elk overseeing the herd.

A bull elk overseeing the herd.

 

The rest of the day was spent on the windy roads of Hwy 1. We finally made it to our campground at which we were plesantly greeted by Wi-Fi and tetherball!!! We are sitting right by the fire, blogging. How crazy is that?
A look out at the N. California coastline.

A look out at the N. California coastline.

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3 Responses to Down the 101

  1. Lindsay says:

    Hey – What part of the coast in California are you in? My dad grew up in N. California in a small town of Ferndale and they used to go to the coast all the time. Still haven’t made it down to see what all the excitement is about 😦

    Until I do, I’ll have to live vicariously through you guys 🙂

  2. Tim Hoffman says:

    Erin,

    It sure is fun following along with your trip! I once took the Hwy 1/101 from Santa Monica to Lincoln City. I remember those winding roads and those big trees! The scenery sure is worth it! Enjoy!

  3. Wow – so exciting to see your travels and very inspiring for those of us who hope to make it happen one day. 🙂 I will keep checking back!

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