Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Camping in the California Redwoods

Today I thought I'd share some pictures with you from my vacation at Jedidiah Smith State Park.  This state park is home to Redwoods trees. It's about 3 miles outside of Crescent City, CA.  Crescent City is on the border between CA and Oregon.  It's also on the coast of California.  The climate is moderate, not to hot, not too cool.  The majority of days start off with a marine layer that burns off as day go.  The climate is perfect for the growth of Redwood Forests. 

We went ahead and pitched out tent.  We use cots to sleep on. Personally, I find cots better to sleep on than using an air mattress.  They may be a bit more bulkier to transport, but for me it's worth it.  We went in mid June this year, and it was a bit on the cooler side.  Temps were in the 50's and 60's, so we always wearing a sweatjacket and pants.  

What's camp without a campfire, right?  Here's a picture of our campfire.  Behind it is our charcoal grill.  They got a lot of use! 

Here is Joe taking his Jr. Ranger oath.  They gave him a pin that he wore everywhere he went! 

Here is selfie with me and "Boy Scout Tree."  Boy Scout Tree is a Huge Redwood.  Actually it's 2 redwoods who fused together.  It's a 3 mile hike out to the tree and 3 miles back.  It's called Boy Scout tree because it was the boy scouts who discovered the tree in the 1940's when they were doing trail maintenance. 

Here's a picture of our little campsite.  Our tent is in the background.  A huge redwood log that fell down is on the left.  What I really liked about this campground is that you were surrounded by redwoods.  It gave you a sense of privacy that we didn't have in other camps.  The bathrooms were flush tiolets and they had coin showers. The part itself was well kept up. 

Here's a picture of the lighthouse in Crescent City.  It's called Battery Point.  You can only access it during low tide.  When high tide comes in, it fills up the middle and cuts off the island from the main land. 

Here's a bunch of redwoods on the the way to Boy Scout Tree. 

I hope you enjoyed my pictures of the redwoods.  It's a good 12 hour drive so it takes us 2 days to get there.  Crescent City has a walmart, a movie theatre and plenty of places to eat if you need something.  We took several hikes when we visited, the best hike being out to Boy Scout Tree.  There is a river nearby, but since it was so cold, we didn't go in.

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  1. You're still adventurous! We're spoiled and like the comforts provided in our Wisconsin cottage, with the running water, bathroom, TV, Internet and regular beds to sleep in!

  2. I hear you, Morgan! I'm always game to find a good flush tiolet when I go camping!