Redwoods and Highway 1

I was fortunate enough to have a three day weekend so I decided to make the most of it. On Saturday I took off North heading towards Avenue of The Giants. I hadn't been to that area of California and was excited to check it out. The day was ending as I got close to Leggett so I chose to car camp in a cheap campground due to the weather. The morning after I cruised through the Giants seeing some of the biggest trees known and had a solid breakfast burrito at a small spot called The Avenue. The second half of the day was making my way through Redwoods National Park just north of Eureka. Going through the park, I came across a small herd of Tule Elk that was near a conservation area. While being there I learned that these Elk were thought to be extinct at one point. Around the early 1900's there was a pair found on a local farm and the Tule Elk species has been on the incline since. This was my first time being able to photograph and see Elk this close and it was interesting to say the least. Surprises like this are one of the main reasons I love traveling to new places.

I ended the day finding a small pull off near the beginning of Hwy 1. My last of three days consisted of me driving the coastline and exploring all the small towns along the way. Between Fort Bragg and Mendocino, I'll definitely be revisiting soon. The state of California is so big and there's always new places to go. I think for the remainder of my time living in the West, I'll consider my self a tourist.