Saturday, May 26, 2007

Memorial Day Redwood trip

Knowing that this was our last vacation before the end of the term, and the fact that we had gone crazy with the stress of school, and soon we would be moving to the other side of the country, we decided we both needed a vacation otherwise procrastination would overtake us. Actually I spent Friday and Saturday hard at work and just couldn't take it anymore. So Sunday morning we decided to drive down to the redwoods in northern California.
L. Drove while I typed my thesis. We bought an AC converter from the store before leaving so I could power my laptop. It was a pretty drive down and it was nice to have the GPS. When we got there I emailed the first draft from an open wireless point at a cafe while we ate lunch.
It was weird being able to spend some money since I had already got the sign-on bonus from the new job. We had been so tight with money for two years it was nice, but I felt guilty to get a nice hotel room with a jacuzzi.
So all the really tall trees are in central california. These redwoods in Crescent City are all the really fat ones. We had fun walking though the state park which felt like you are a miniature person among all the huge trees and ferns. You half expect a dinosaur to go walking by. We also stopped off at a place that had a giant fiberglass Paul Bunyan outside. After looking around at the redwoods there is a cable car to the top of the mountain. We decided to walk down instead of talking the cable car back and had a nice allergy free stroll through the forest. It really was a needed relaxation.

1 comment:

M. D. Vaden of Oregon said...

What's interesting about the really tall ones, is that you can't really tell from the ground anyway.

The second tallest tree in Prairie Creek redwoods is near 350 feet tall and it's top can be seen from the Big Tree parking lot. But once into the woods, it's almost impossible to see the upper 3/4s of the tree.

The large ones tend to make for interesting photos.

Grove of Titans & Atlas Grove Redwoods

That page shows the largest known redwoods.