After leaving Lincoln City on Monday, we headed south to California. We intended to stop in Brookings originally, but we decided to head to LA, so we had to get more miles on the road.
We pulled into the Eureka KOA about 10:15 pm. It was pretty chaotic by the time we stopped that we just pulled out the slides and fell into bed!
Tuesday morning we traveled down 101 toward San Francisco. On the way we took a couple of detours which ended up hindering our progress. Outside of Eureka is a 31-mile stretch of road referred to as “Avenue of the Giants”. Touted as the “most outstanding display of these giant trees in the entire 500 mile redwood belt”, this was a MUST on our list of to-do while traveling in California.
I never get tired of looking at these majestic trees!
The kids learned first hand about redwoods: We felt the needles (which are very sturdy), we heard the quiet (when you didn’t hear trucks rumbling down the road), we drew the needles and cones using our tree handbook, we climbed inside a burned out hollow, we noted the color of the bark and we enjoyed just looking up at the trees towering over us. It’s one thing to read about the redwoods, it’s another thing to experience them. No picture can do justice to the awesomeness of these trees…to the awesomeness of a creator! When we read that some can live up to 2,000 years, the kids were amazed to think the tree was being born the same time as Christ lived! It’s great when your kids make connections to history on their own!
Welcome to our new family home! We talked about how you could live in here and stay warm with the right materials. It reminded me of the book, “My Side of the Mountain”. This is exactly how I imagined his tree looked like. I can’t wait until we finish this book now!
Even TJ found what he wanted in the forest. Puppies love to chew and redwood sticks are yummy!
Bella’s redwood pine specimen. We will compare it to the douglas firs at home.