The roads from Redding to Crescent City were really fun to drive.  You had to stay awake as you drove hairpin curves through the mountains.  I had to down-shift a lot as I rounded sharp inclines and declines.  It was exhilarating. 

Here is a map of the road on one leg of the trip out to Crescent City.

 

 
Here is map of the road of another portion of the trip to Crescent City.  Fun.

 

 

 

 
On the way to Crescent City, I drove through Redwoods National Park.  I stopped to see the Lady Bird Johnson Grove that was dedicated in 1969.

The trails were very pretty as were the huge trees.  This picture is a view in the late morning.  The dew was heavy.

 

 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
Here is a view of a hollowed-out redwood.  Some redwoods are burned from the inside-out by lightning or other fire hazards.  The outer shell is much harder than the inside material.  Most hollowed-out trees are still living.

 
 
 

 
 
Here is a placard that marks the Lady Bird Johnson Grove that was dedicated in 1969.

 
 
The Lady Bird Johnson Grove has an open public grounds area to provide space for larger crowds.  The trails are only two to three feet wide.

 
 
More of the Lady Bird Johnson Grove.

 

 

 

 

 

Exiting the Lady Bird Johnson Grove and getting back on the trail.

 

 

The foliage is very thick.

 

 

The redwoods are very huge.  Taking pictures of these majestic trees cannot truly convey the magnitude of their size.  You have to be there to really understand how big these giants are.

 

 

The walkways were enjoyable and relaxing.  Even the other trees and bushes around the redwoods proved to be interesting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another hollowed out tree that I walked inside of.

 

 

There are many protected trees in the Redwoods National Park.  Sometimes they crowd the trail as you walk between them.  Eventually, they will grow closer and closer together, overtaking the trail.

 

 

Some redwoods fall across the trail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
Maybe this picture can show the size differences between redwoods and people.

Maybe not.

 

 

After leaving Lady Bird Johnson Grove I drove over to see The Big Tree in Redwoods National Park.  On the way, I saw some elk grazing in the forest.

 
 
 

 
 
Here is a picture of what they call The Big Tree.  Redwoods can grow to 360 feet and live for 2,000 years.  They are the tallest trees on Earth.

 
 
Looking up the tree, it is interesting to see how the branches shoot out from the trunk.

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
As you look closer at the bark on the tree, it looks like the bark is made up of many ropes.

 
 
 

 
 
 

 

 

 

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