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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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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To see more silhouette photos, visit Micaela at California to Korea.