5/12 Crescent City to Orick: 42.2 miles and 2,611 ft

We knew that there was a big climb out to Crescent City. Everyone we met and told where we were going mentioned the climb. The climb was long but not that steep. It was actually nice to have the climb in the morning to warm up. More of a challenge was to safely pass through the road repairs. Due to the heavy rains which caused landslides and the ocean eroding the bluffs, there were several areas where the road went down to one lane and there were road controls moving the north and southbound traffic. It seems like Caltrans is fighting a loosing battle and eventually the ocean and the mountains will win the battle.

Today we entered the beautiful and majestic redwoods. We learned that the first growth trees are thousands of year old. These trees are the oldest living species on the plant.we should consider and treat the trees as our wise ancestors who have much to teach us if we listen. A quote from John Steinbeck listed on a sign in the Reswoods

The redwoods, once seen, leave a mark or create a vision that stays with you always. No one has ever successfully painted or photographed a redwood tree. The feeling they produce is not transferable. From them comes silence and awe. It’s not only their unbelievable stature, nor the color which seems to shift and vary under your eyes, no, they are not like any trees we know, they are ambassadors from another time. – John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America

In Klamath we saw Paul Bunyan and Babe statues, a tourist attraction that includes a nice First Nation museum and a tour of the redwoods in a gondola. We also stopped at the Yurok tribe visitor center and spoke to a knowledgeable staff member who told us of hikes in the area. We plan to return in a vehicle so we can hike some of trails he mentioned.

Two Cal bears 

Babe 

Paul Bunyan and Babe 

Crescent City beach

Cyxliat from Europe

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