Last weekend my cousin Kendra came up for a visit. I had a wonderful time showing her around the Redwoods and discovering new places with her. I have lived in Humboldt County for a year now and there is still so many things I have yet to explore.
One of my favorite places we visited was the old WWII Radar Station. The Klamath River Radar Station B-71 is located along Coastal Drive and was disguised as a farm when it was built. What looks like an old farm house and barn actually housed a diesel generator, electronic equipment, and two 50-caliber anti-aircraft machine guns. You can read all about it here: https://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/aviation/rad.htm.
After leaving Coastal Drive we headed up to Crescent City and hiked down to Enderts Beach. This was another new place for me. I live on the coast, but I have never been much of a beach person. I love being ON the water, but not so much on the beach or IN the water.
We drove out to Crescent Beach Overlook, where there wasn’t much to look at due to fog, and began our short hike down to the beach. It’s only a short half mile walk, that takes you past a back country campground and down to the beach and tide pools. I, being the unbeachy person that I am, was not impressed by the tide pools. Maybe we went at the wrong time, I don’t know. I do know that there was as super photogenic bird on the beach though. I mean, look at this guy……..
You can find his whole photo shoot HERE
Next stop was Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park. I think this park is my favorite of our parks. If you aren’t aware, Redwood National and State Parks work as a partnership between the National Park and three State Parks. The forest in Jedediah Smith is all old growth redwoods and it like walking into a fairy tale. We drove down Howland Hill Road and stopped to hike part of the Mill Creek Trail. This is my favorite picture from the whole trip, taken on that trail….
We were also able to hiked thru Fern Canyon in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. This is a popular destination for visitors to the park and is quite crowded during the summer months. We arrived at the Fern Canyon parking lot early on a Monday and got to experience the serenity of the canyon without many distractions. Fern Canyon is a beautiful walk down a creek bed nestled between 30-foot fern covered cliffs. One of the things I learned working for the Park Service is how to identify the many ferns in the park. You’ll find Five-Finger Fern, Lady Fern, and Sword Fern throughout the canyon.
It was a fun filled three days of adventuring in the Redwoods and I’m happy I got to experience it with such a wonderful person!
And now, I’ll leave you with one last photo, taken at the Klamath River…