Today (Friday the 13th) we drove south from the Oregon Caves to Klamath, CA, on the ocean within the overall Redwoods National Park. The Klamath are a Native American tribe that live in both states. After several days of 96 degrees near the end of the day, in Klamath the high today was about 65. In the Bay Area we call this "marine influence".
Our new home is Mystic Forest RV park on US 101. What a difference! Civilization! Good Verizon signal and Internet access.
Shortly after starting out we found ourselves following an Alfa Gold coach. When they pulled off into a rest stop after the CA border, we followed them in and found ourselves one of 3 adjacent Alfa RVs in the parking lot. Not bad for a company that went out of business in '08...
We got to talking to the owners of the Gold and now they're parked next to us at Mystic Forest. We spent the evening with them and enjoyed gabbing like long lost friends. RV people are so easy to be with!
We got settled in our site, and then went to see a nearby tourist trap called Trees of Mystery. First reaction was "what's the need for a commercial site about trees inside Redwoods National Park?"
We will checkout some of the rest of the NP tomorrow. I count this as research into "tourist gift shops."
There were some good trees.
About halfway through their tourist walk we took a gondola-lift several hundred feet up the mountain. Made us feel like we should have brought our skis.
We opted to walk back down. I hadn't brought my poles with me, but they had a barrel of "loaner" natural walking sticks. Good thing because the path was steep and slippery. At one point I took a tumble but was not hurt. Craig of course was right there with the camera.
Redwoods are not new to us. We have several growing on our land, but we have never seen the old growth coastal giants. We will be exploring more in the next few days.
Until then, things are looking up!