Sunday, November 8, 2009

Humboldt County

Back in September Nick and I took a quick trip to Humboldt County to visit some of his friends and see the sights. From Tahoe it wasn't an easy trip. It was about 9/10 hours total in driving time.
Never having visited the Northern California Coast North of San Francisco it sounded like a great mini vaca. Our first day, we grabbed some amazing fish tacos and headed to the beach. It was a beautiful day topping at about 70 degrees. After relaxing at the beach we then helped out with some gardening, made a feast, drank some local brews and called it a night.

Along the coast.

The next day after checking out Crescent City, an old fishing town, we headed out to the Smith River . The Smith River is the 4th cleanest river in the world. Chilly, but clean. Looking down from the cliff ready to jump right in you could see the bottom. Truly amazing.

Roxy, Nick and Me in front of a giant Redwood

The day we headed out we drove down the coast towards Avenue of the Giants, so we could check out some amazing Redwoods. The Avenue is surrounded by the Humboldt Redwoods State Park, which holds the largest remaining stand of virgin redwoods in the world, covering more than 17,000 acres. The oldest recorded coast redwood--more than 2,200 years old--was found in the park. They've been around for more than 150 million years and can only be found on a narrow belt about 40 miles wide and 450 miles long, stretching along the coasts of Oregon and northern California. In 1918 the Founders Tree and Grove were established by Save the Redwoods League to help prevent further destructions of the coast of redwoods. The Rewoods are a site to see.

346 ft tall and growing...

See how tiny my head is compared to the Founders tree? Crazy...

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