Well, not REALLY. Those are some favorite lyrics from hubs and I's favorite band. But, we did have a darn good time in Northern California a couple weeks ago. (PS, so glad NorthernCal is so different from SouthernCal...I like it much better!!).
Anyway, as part of our outdoor enthusiasm and our National Park Project, we visited Redwoods State and National Parks, made a quick stop (too quick if you ask me) in San Francisco, and finished our trip in the amazingly beautiful Big Sur. Here are the highlights!
We started the trip by camping in Elk Prairie Creek Campground in Prairie Creek Redwoods SP, which was an amazing campground. There are several sites 'in the woods' near the creek that are just adorable. But, it was pretty chilly when we were there (26 degrees F at one point!) and we thought it might be warmer if we stayed in the 'prairie' part of the campground...and I'm glad we did!
They were pretty playful with each other, which was amazing to watch. And they really didn't mind us being there. We kept our distance, of course, but they basically walked through our little campsite. Definitely a highlight of the trip!
Made a quick stop to view our new friends...
We landed at Gold Bluff Beach. Very beautiful, and peaceful.
By the time we returned to the campsite, it had warmed up enough to take a few hikes. We did most of the James Irvine Trail, the Foothills Trail and the Cathedral Trees Trail. All very close to our home campsite.
|James Irvine Trail|
(Left) Never had a tangerine wheat before. This was pretty good! - From Lost Coast Brewing. (Right)
We stopped at this place (Redwood Curtain) in Arcata, CA. Low key and good beer.
Below - a Stellar's Jay.
My hubs and the beautiful night sky.
We did the Founders Trail, which was beautiful.
This tree was believed to be the tallest tree until it fell recently.
Beautiful landscaping on the island.