Benbow, California: Happy November! Though it was cloudy and cool this morning in Benbow, by the time we drove north a few miles (in a car) to Humboldt Redwoods State Park, the sun was shining. Another beautiful day – and what a beautiful part of the world. Yes, we have been here many times before and will no doubt visit many more times. It is a pretty amazing experience to stand under massive ancient trees.
Our first stop – of course – was to a drive-through tree:
Built by nature conservationist and bird caller, Charles Kellogg, the Travel-Log went all over the country – driven by Kellogg – as he told audiences of the beauty of the Redwoods.
We went on two short hikes in the park today and I snapped a zillion photos. I will post way too many below.
Kathy in front of a massive redwood
3rd-biggest Redwood in the park
Redwoods in black & white
Fallen tree – they usually fall in wind storms, and often topple several other trees when they fall
Once they fall, it can take up to 400 years for a redwood to decompose
Many of the trees showed damage from flood and fire – but they are still alive!
The forest floor was covered with ferns, and they were also growing out of fallen trees. Beautiful.
We stayed in the Redwoods until mid-afternoon, when we went into the huge metropolis (kidding!) of Garberville for lunch. Garberville is a strange little town – lots of cute shops and restaurants, but tons of folks on the streets that were in need of a bath and a haircut. Not homeless people necessarily, but travelers of the backpacking/hitchhiking variety. Hippies. Friendly happy hippies.
We happened to be in town on market day – farmers had set up their stalls to vend fresh produce and there were also a few craft booths on the town square (top photo above). We had a nice sandwich and came back to the RV park. DT and Woody played 9-holes at the Benbow goat track Golf Course. Kathy and I rested.
Dinner was divine. Woody and Kathy have three wonderful son-in-laws and #3 son-in-law, Greg, is a forester in real life, but a fisherman on his days off. Greg keeps Kathy & Woody supplied with fresh and smoked salmon. Tonight, we enjoyed Greg’s catch-o-the-week:
Woody cooked the salmon on a gas grill. He roasted Brussels Sprouts in garlic and olive oil in the oven. A rice/quinoa pilaf was also offered. Thank you, Dear Friends for a lovely evening and thank you, Greg, for the delicious salmon.
Until my next update, I remain, your Redwood correspondent.
RV PARK: Benbow RV Resort – We have a large paved premium pull-through site with 50-amp service. This park has wifi, a pool, laundry, a golf course and is connected to a lovely fine-dining restaurant at the next-door Benbow Inn. We are paying $50 per night.