Day 95

Sunday, August 28, 2005MacKerricher State Park, CA
Miles: 11130We Gonna Rock Down To...
...the Giant Avenue!

Well, the Avenue of the Giants. But you get the idea. We woke up late, had a leisurely breakfast, and read for a bit before hitting the road again. When we got to Humboldt Redwoods State Park there was an enticing sign which invited us to explore the Avenue of the Giants. And so we did. A bit slower than "the 101," but many more pull offs and tree covered nooks.

We pulled off at the Founders Grove and had ourselves a wander. Aside from the gigantaur Founders Tree, they had a little nature trail with some rangers handing out guidebooks to tell you about the cycle of life in the magnificent redwood forests. Many of the trees in this grove were so old that they've survived multiple wildfires and have large burn scars and/or their cores burnt out. The guidebook explained all sorts of fascinating facts, such the three microclimates that the redwoods grow through and maintain, the different needles at the tops versus lower down, and the fact that the clovers covering much of the ground is not actually a clover at all.

We played in the trees for a while and then found another park to stay in for the night.