Sept. 27/28: From Oregon to California and Redwoods State Park

September 27th (day 12), we got up fairly early, and began driving along the 101 immediately. We stopped in a small town in Oregon where we parked in front of their visitor's center, and had breakfast.

From there, we continued driving along the 101 until the town of Brookings, very close to the border with California. After lunch by the beach in Brookings, we crossed into California without any problems. We continued along the 101 until Crescent City, just a few minutes over the border.

In Crescent City, we went to the visitor's center, got a number of maps and a wealth of information from the man there. We then headed to the Starbucks and worked on our computers for some time.

From Starbucks, we drove a few minutes to the Elk Valley Casino, where we had dinner; nachos and a burger, which we shared. Dinner came to $20.00. We then put $10.00 into the slots and after a few minutes came out with $160.00. We decided it was time to cash out, and headed to the back lot of the casino where we spent the night.

On day 13 (September 28th), we drove only ten minutes from the casino to the Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park. Within the park, we hiked the Boy Scout Tree Trail through the old growth redwoods.

After the hike, we drove to Stout Grove within the park, and had lunch beside the Smith River. From there, we drove along highway 199 back to the 101 in Crescent City, stopping along the way so I could bathe in the Smith River.

Once back to the 101, we drove south to the Trinidad Rest Area where we stayed the night. Along the way, however, we stopped many times along the highway to watch the plethora of Roosevelt Elk beside and on the highway.

Also, follow along with our journey in real time by clicking here.

Danielle absorbing the Redwoods at Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park.

Danielle, tiny in comparison with the giant trees.

Just one of the probably hundred elk we saw driving that night.

P.S., sorry for the limited amount of photos this post. Stay tuned for next week's post where I more than make up for it.