Seven Weeks Across America
Redwood National Park is so diverse. We began our day there at the Kuchel Visitor's Center, which overlooks the coast. From there we drove to Elk Meadow, where, believe it or not, we saw some elk (from afar). We kept driving up through the park, looking for some RV-friendly parking but there was little to be found. We pulled over on the side of the road at a trailhead to make lunch, and decided to make it easy on ourselves and just walk the trail that was right there.
At the beginning of the trail was a huge redwood that had been hollowed out by fire. It was massive (and clearly it was ok to step inside).
It was high noon, perhaps not the best for photos but sometimes I don't get to pick the time for our hikes when we are on a family trip. It was, however, the prettiest hike of our entire 7-week trip, in my opinion. The towering redwoods were easily visible because there is not a lot of tall underbrush. The forest feels pretty open, really, though there are masses of ferns, sorrel and the like crowding the path. There are huge fallen nurse logs, with lots of life sprouting from the rotting wood. I just thought it was gorgeous.
I wish we had more time at Redwood National Park. There is so much we did not get to see, though if we went back I'd like to take the truck instead of the RV because I think we were limited by our vehicle size. There were just so few places to park, in contrast to so many of the parks we had just been to where there are lots of designated RV areas.
But all in all I am so glad we got to visit, even for a short time, because now I know a little more for planning our next trip there. And grandpa really enjoyed our walk through the redwoods, if you can't tell.