First we hiked the Redwood Trail Loop (approx. 1 mile), which was quite nice, lots of trees on display. That was a pretty short hike, so we decided to move along and hike the Sequoia Trail (approx. 1.7 miles one-way), which would’ve ended with a nice view of the Sempervirens Falls.
It was actually a disappointing hike. I guess I expected a nice walk through the woods, completely cut off from civilization, totally immersed in nature! The trail was actually bordering a paved driveway with lots of cars passing by. A bit distracting, and makes you tempted to walk alongside a nicely paved, flat road than a gnarly dirt path.
But, the payoff would be the nice waterfall at the end, right? Wrong! Turns out the waterfall was merely a stream, and mostly dried out. It was quite a letdown, but at least we got some decent exercise out of the whole deal.
On the way to Pescadero (small town next to the ocean), we drove along more winding forest roads, and saw beautiful vistas of the Bay Area, from San Francisco all the way down to San Jose.
Pescadero itself was very small, a bit of a tourist trap, and we ate at a small tavern (the only restaurant in town, actually). The food wasn’t very impressive.
All in all, a good day for a nature walk!
Peaceful drive through the Redwood forests. Longest stretch of narrow winding road I’ve ever driven on, lasted for approx 30 miles. We never actually got to drive through a redwood tree though, I think that’s in Sequoia Nat’l Park.
Redwood Trail @ Big Basin Park
These pictures don’t do the trees any justice. They are giant mythical creatures. Humans are but mere peons to them, they’ve seen everything. They can even survive being in a fire! Hollowed-out trees have been burned, and yet they still stand and grow.
Karen and I went to Big Basin today. One of the things I missed the most when I was living in SoCal were the Redwood trees. I love the smell of them and their massive scale. Flat 2D images do not do them justice, but these gyroscopic enabled panoramas help!
Karen inside a big Redwood
Very tall Redwood on the way to Sempervirens Falls
Mother of the Forest (Redwood Trail)
Karen over looking the valley.
Images taken with iPhone4 and 360 Panorama app.