Cousins’ Weekend

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.

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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……..

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Trail to Enderts Beach

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Enderts Beach

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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….

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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.

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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…

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Simplify – A Theme Thursday Post

I started back to school this week so I did not have a lot of time to play around with photos and blogging this week.  It has also been raining quite a bit up here, so my adventure days have been cut short or nonexistent.  I did make it out last Monday for a trip to Humboldt Redwoods State Park, but it wasn’t adventure enough to warrant it’s own blog post.  I’ll have to save that for when I am able to explore the park and the trails more extensively.

Last night I was thinking about what I wanted to do with this theme and knew that I had a lot of ocean photos that were “simple” photos.  Mainly just water, maybe a lone rock in the middle of the ocean, but mainly just lots and lots of ocean water.  I knew I had a tons of these photos in my files that I hadn’t used for anything and thought this was the perfect format for them.  Below are pictures taken during three different time periods at three different locations.

This first picture is from Dry Lagoon Beach in Trinidad.  This beach is located right across the street from the RV resort I was staying at when I first moved up here in August.  This picture was taken during that time period, late in the afternoon. The lighting in this picture is too bright and gives the photo a dull look that I actually quite like.

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This next picture was taken last month at the beach just south of my office.  I was playing with my new lens and capturing the different stages of the waves.

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The next two photos are from my  hike on Trinidad Head.  The top one is the most simple, yet beautiful picture. I love the focus on the water with just a little bit of sun and land off to the side.  The bottom one has that focus on the sunlight and a cool solar flare in it, but is still so simple.

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Make sure to check out Theme Thursday at California to Korea to see more photos and different takes on simplicity.

 

Trinidad, CA

Trinidad is a tiny little seaside town that is located about 10 miles north of my apartment.  I love it in Trinidad and have spent a few days up there hiking over the past few weeks.

On New Years Eve I hiked the Trinidad Head Trail, which is a little over a mile loop with fantastic views.  It was a beautiful day and I was happy to be able to finally check this trail off my to do list.

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As you start up the trail, you have a beautiful view of the beach.

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A couple of shots from different point around the trail…

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As I completed my loop I came back around to this stunning view of the town.  I think this was my favorite shot of the day.

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My next trip to Trinidad was a few days later with my roommate and the weather was quite different.  It was grey and dreary and threatened to rain on us at any moment.  We were still able to see quite a bit of the town and hike down to several of the beaches.

I’m going to pause for a moment here and throw in my Theme Thursday post for this week since the photos I am using were taken on this particular adventure.

The next two photos are my contribution to today’s Theme Thursday over at California to Korea.  The Theme today is “find your focal point.”  I’m actually not too fond of the second picture, but I liked that the background was white and blurred. I just wish the bird wasn’t so dark.

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Back to the adventure…

We had started our adventure looking for the casino while failing to pay attention to roadside signs.  We had all day so we just took a Sunday drive up Patrick’s Point Drive where we spotted some sea lions (Okay, Andy spotted the sea lions.  I would have totally missed them).  The first picture is the normal view of the rock.  Take a look at the bottom right hand almost corner of  it and you will see come brown specks.

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Zoomed in, you can see that they are sea lions!

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A scenic view from along Patrick’s Point Drive:

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We then headed back south and along Scenic Drive, where the casino is actually located.  We quickly found the casino and decided to take advantage of what little daylight we had left and see what else there was to see along Scenic Drive.  We stopped at Luffenholtz Beach County Park and explored the beach and the views there.

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The picture below is the beach the birds were on, this is also a view from the trail pictured above.  ZooDay 230

And below is the view to the left of the trail…

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This past Sunday we went up to Trinidad State Beach and did some hiking.  Here are a few shots from along the trails.

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The picture below is of Megwill Point.  This is my most favorite place I have been to so far.  Unfortunately, WordPress decided you did not need to see any other pictures of this particular spot.  For some reason it did not load all the photos I had selected.  The picture below is where the trail pretty much ends. You come down the trail, down some slightly scary steps, and onto a large dirt surface with stellar views of the ocean all around you.  Tinidad 100

Okay, I had to hop over to Facebook and download another picture of this spot to give you some perspective (I’m at work and do not have access to all my photos).  Below is the view from the end of the trail, before you head down the stairs.

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After our time at Megwill Point we headed back toward the car.  We decided to walk the main road and had a fun adventure crossing a washed out section of it about halfway back.  Once we got back we went into the town of Trinidad for lunch at wonderful little cafe that has excellent vegetarian and vegan options.  After lunch we walked through town and went down to Old Home Beach to explore.  There we got to see more Sea Lions, but I didn’t have my zoom lens to capture any pictures of them.  I did get a beautiful picture on the way down to the beach and a couple of fun shots of the water though.

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I’ve really enjoyed exploring Trinidad the past few weeks and look forward to more adventure days in this tiny little seaside town!

 

Sequoia Park Zoo

Last weekend I visited the Sequoia Park Zoo in Eureka, CA.  It’s a small zoo and it always seems to be raining whenever I want to visit, but crummy weather or not, it’s worth the trip.

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Micaela, over at California to Korea, is hosting a “rule of thirds” Theme Thursday so I thought I would incorporate it into my zoo post today.   I actually do take a look at the Theme Thursday schedule before I head out on my adventures with my camera so I can work on my photography skills (or you know, work on acquiring said skills).   Thank you to Micaela for coming up with challenging themes and hosting Theme Thursday.  I missed it when it was gone and am really happy it is back!

On with the zoo post!

Sequoia Park Zoo is one of the smallest accredited zoos in the U.S.  It sits on five acres and packs a lot into that little space! It has a barnyard exhibit and petting zoo, an aviary, red pandas (that I unfortunately did not get to see), an otter exhibit, and much more!

I’m just going to go ahead and let the pictures tell the rest of my zoo experience.  The first three are for my Theme Thursday people so the captions will have a little more information that just animal names and information.

Enjoy!

Crested Screamer. I think the fence pole in this one is throwing off my rule of thirds here. I didn’t pay much attention to it until right now and now it is all I can see. I’m still going to leave the shot here because I love this bird!

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Roster in the Barnyard area. I think this is one of my favorite shots of the day. I just love the colors on this guy!

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Duck in the aviary

The cutest pig ever!

The cutest pig ever!

These goats were awesome!

These goats were awesome!

Cute Cavies

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The majestic bald eagle

The majestic bald eagle

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I think you can tell that I really liked the barnyard area of the zoo.

If you would like to see more Theme Thursday posts, please head over to California to Korea.  Feel free to link up if you would like to participate too!  I also have a photo in my “Winter in the Redwoods” post that fits this weeks Theme Thursday.  You can check it out here.

Winter in the Redwoods

A couple of weekends ago I decided to go to work with my roommate.

Wait, let’s back up a bit to the part where I have a roommate now.  I’ve had a roommate since Thanksgiving weekend and he is pretty awesome.  I mean look at this picture…

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You can just see the awesomeness radiate from him as he gazes into the ocean (he hates it when I make a big deal about how awesome he is.  Good thing he doesn’t read my blog.  BUT, if by chance you DO happen to stumble across this…sorry Andy, but you just need to learn to accept the fact that you are awesome and I’m going to express it).

So I have a roommate which makes life way less boring and gives me someone new to explore the Redwoods and Humboldt County with.

Back to going to work with the roommate…

A few weeks ago we had a break in the rain and I decided to tag along to work with my roommate (pretty sure this has been thoroughly covered now).  I started my day on the beach where the rain decided to make an appearance for a short while.  It did clear up and even though it was a gloomy start to the day, it was still beautiful.

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View of the mountains from the beach

View of the hills from the beach

After the beach we took a drive up to Lost Man Creek where we got to see a herd of elk.

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Andy captured this video of the elk as they made their way around our vehicle.  It was really cool to be able to sit there in the middle of the herd and watch them pass by.

We then headed up Bald Hills Road in search of snow.  It wasn’t very long before we found what we were looking for.  We continued up the road until we reached the fire lookout at School House Peak.

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It was a winter wonderland.

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We also got to witness this beautiful creature hunting its dinner.

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We then headed back down the hill to take a hike along the Trillium Falls Trail.  This is a beautiful loop trail that is almost 3 miles long that takes you through forest, to the waterfall, and along the creek.  It would be an absolutely perfect trail if it wasn’t so close to all the highway noise. Even so, it was a beautiful hike.

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After the hike we headed back down to the beach to finish off the day.

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I don’t think I could have asked for a better Saturday spent outdoors.

Just another beautiful winter day in the Redwoods!

 

Silhouette Theme Thursday

Yesterday I went on a Wellness Hike at work.  Once a month the Wellness Committee hosts a hike to get us out of the office and moving (I know, I know, it sounds like a rough place to work, but I manage).  I decided I didn’t want to bring my camera with me because I wanted to get to know my co-workers a little more and not focus on photos.  I really could have done both and wanted to kick myself all the way down the mountain for not having a camera.  I did have a cell phone though and did get ONE decent photo for today!

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Theme Thursday – Sun Flare and Starbursts

Okay, okay, so the theme today is really just sun flare, but I got an awesome starburst photo that I have to share and Micaela over at California to Korea DID say there were no rules.

I want to thank Micaela for bringing back Theme Thursday and forcing me to pick up my camera and the blog again.  I’ve been super busy with my new job and going to school full time that I haven’t had a chance to do much here.  Theme Thursday also got me over to Hammond Trail to see my first sunset over the ocean since I have been here!

So without further ado, I give you starbursts and sun flare:

This one is my favorite!

Entrance to the trail.
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This one is actually a cell phone picture that I took while bored when I was living at RV Park. This isn’t a filter. It’s all sunlight.
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Sun flare in Redwood National Park
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Now head on over to California to Korea and check out more Theme Thursday Sun Flares!