Travels with Tucker

Travels with Tucker

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Exploring the Redwood Coast

Raining today, and forecasting constant rain all today and showers for the next few days, so we are hunkered down at home doing laundry and catching up on loose ends. Yesterday we did get some exploring in, but the clouds and dull light made for limited photography opportunities.

We explored the beach at the mouth of the Klamath River, then went up highway 101 to the Trees of Mystery.  This iconic tourist trap has been a family operation since 1946 and is best known for it's huge statues of Paul Bunyan and Babe, the Blue Ox looming over the highway.  It is actually a great place for the tourist rushing by on their way to San Francisco to get a couple hour introduction to the Redwoods, see some huge stumps and ride a gondola up a short mountain through the forest.

After Lynnae got caught playing with the Ox, we opted out of the tour and just visited a little-known gem of the attraction, which is a museum built around the collection of a woman named Marylee Thompson, now in her 90's.  It houses a very decent amount of Native American artifacts, divided into rooms for the various regions of the country. They have some very nice pieces indeed:

As the afternoon closed in, we headed a few miles north to False Klamath Cove and it's beach.  Very characteristic of the coastline up here, this beach had many large haystack rocks offshore.  There were also nice tidepools and lots of birds.

The wind was so strong, Tucker almost flew away ;-)
The sand was very dark grey, almost black.  This shell is about 1/2" across.
There will be better days to capture the beauty of this coastline in the weeks ahead, so come back often!

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