August 21, 2020 ~ Northern California
Our day started out quite spectacularly with the guys fixing a gourmet breakfast for all of us that included bacon, sausage, hash browns, fried eggs, pancakes, and orange juice. Such a treat!
After cleaning up the campsite, we loaded the six of us into two cars and took off to do the “Avenue of the Giants” Auto Tour. We started at the north end and worked our way back south.
You can enter Avenue of the Giants from either end, but we chose to go to the north end, and work our way back toward our park. There is a brochure that you can pick up at either end that describes the highlights alone the self guided auto tour.
Just FYI, it is probably easier to start at the southern end and work your way north, since that is the way the brochure is designed, but we did manage just fine driving it in reverse.
“The world-famous scenic drive, which is a 31-mile portion of old Highway 101, that parallels Freeway 101 with its 51,222 acres of redwood groves. It is by far the most outstanding display of these giant trees in the entire 500-mile redwood belt. The Avenue of the Giants is surrounded by the Humboldt Redwoods State Park which has the largest remaining stand of virgin redwoods in the world.” ~ AvenueoftheGiants.net
This 2.4 mile nature loop trail is considered one of the nicest trails in the park. Although we did not do the entire trail, we certainly enjoyed the parts we saw. We found a tree (one of many) that was split and offered up a fun photo op background. This was a very easy, mostly level jaunt.
It was almost a religious experience with the majestic redwoods towering over head.
This was my favorite of the hikes we took.
WHERE WE STAYED: We booked two nights in Myers Flat at the Giant Redwoods RV & Campground. It is clean and well run. The RV spaces are large enough that you don’t feel like you are crammed in like sardines. The trees provide enough shade to keep you comfortable, even on warm days.
GRATITUDE MOMENT: Today I am grateful for being able to soak up the energy from these magnificent trees. One can not help but be in awe when surrounded by such enormous grandeur.