30 October ‘07
What do you do when traveling through Redwood country? Well Louise and I took a hike. It has been quite awhile since we’ve been to the Redwood’s and getting back was well worth the wait. These TREES are amazing, not only in size, but in age as well. As we see pictures showing the logging during the late 1800’s to the early 1900’s showing the cutting of these mammoth trees I get a little sad. I know that the times were different, but these giants in the world are lost now forever… Ok, let’s get back to our hike. I had no longer parked our car, headed up the trail, and we came upon a beautiful stream. The hills all around us gave it the natural drop to form one waterfall after another. Not only were the falls beautiful, the sounds were magnificent. The large rocks and downed branches were all covered with moss and new fallen leaves of the forests to show us some of Natures most beautiful. Our hike was rated as moderate (which gave us a nice workout) and covered just over 2 miles. We’ll look forward to more of these as we head down the California coast. We drove down to Crescent City on Tuesday to see what was available for us to do. The Redwood forests were still all around us to enjoy, but we opted to take a walk out to see their most prominent and oldest lighthouse. The Battery Street Lighthouse was built in1856 on a point that separates from the mainland at mid to high tides. Just adjacent to the lighthouse is the north breakwater for Crescent City. It was made in the early 1940’s and extends out into the bay over ¾ of a mile. To continue getting the huge rocks out that far, they concreted a drive so that the trucks could go out the full distance to deliver their loads, and thus created a great area to walk. At the end of the breakwater we found these large concrete “anchors”. They were called Dolo’s. With a shape like a large “T” and an opposing cross member, they were able to hold the huge wave action that the seas would throw at them.