The land which includes the Coastal Redwoods in Northern California is a confusing overlap of various state parks and Redwood National Park. We drove through the Avenue of the Giants, and through what seemed like endless twists and turns.
The kids were pretty content in the car, although at one point, they did think that we were just going in circles because all of the trees and signs looked the same. I am also pretty sure they are not prone to car sickness like me, as they were able to read and do other activities, no problem.
Before we left, k wrote out this schedule for the car, which cracked me up! I like #1!!
Also important: “Fit snacks wherever”!
We drove through Eureka, to Aracata, and stopped at Hole in the Wall Sandwiches.
The Brio French bread was good, and the sandwiches were quite large. We split a roast beef and a pastrami.
Next we stopped in at the Visitor Center, watched a short video and picked up the junior ranger booklets.
We then drove past Crescent City and paid for parking at Jedediah State Park.
We were thinking that we might camp there, but since rain was in the forecast, we held onto our hotel reservation instead.
The hike along Smith River was beautiful, although a bit confusing.
We consulted the signage, but the trail seemed to dead end!
The Smith River is such a pretty color.
Wherever there is a river and rocks, rock skipping is sure to ensue.
Look at how small our CX-5 appears next to the Redwoods!