Redwoods and Other Treasures

November 20, 2020 at 5:00 am (California, National Parks, Nature, Nature photography, Photography) (, )

Sunset in Oregon through a smoky haze

On my late summer trip to join my son and his family in a camping trip in Eastern Washington, I made several stops at volcanic parks. I had to miss one near Bend, Oregon because it was late and I just can’t fit in everything.

Wildfire in Oregon

I keep a travel journal so I can remember where I’ve been, where I stayed, whether or not I liked the place, tips for future trips, etc. Unfortunately I didn’t make a note of which mountain this was, but it was north of Bend, enroute to Mt. St. Helens.

The best Smokey Bear ever
Mt. Hood

By then most of the smoky haze had dissipated and I enjoyed lovely clear skies, even with some wildfire plumes in the distance. This is the final post of my road trip, so it’s a scattering of other images that didn’t quite fit in the previous posts, as well as photographs of the return trip.

This is where I met my son. We had all been careful since the pandemic to limit exposure to COVID–19. I wore a mask the first two days when near the girls, even though we were outdoors. It was a lovely time and I knew it would likely be many months before I would see them again due to the virus and the predicted surge over the winter.

My lovely little family

I headed back to Central Coast California before the Labor Day rush.

Battery Point Lighthouse, Crescent City, California
Battery Point Light

Cape Mendocino

The town of Ferndale south of Humboldt Bay was a lovely, Victorian-bedazzled town. It seemed like a sweet spot for a romantic getaway. The trip to Cape Mendocino was less pleasant. Mattole Rd. was curvy and claustrophobic and poorly maintained. Once at the ocean, the view was magnificent, but no more so than many easier-to-access spots on the California coast.

Humboldt Redwoods State Park

I’m one who loves big skies and prairies, open spaces with hills and distant mountains. I do not like deep forests. The huge redwoods were amazing, of course, but I was never comfortable in their smothering shade.

On the morning of the last day, the smoke had returned with a vengeance. It was an unpleasant trip home.

Sunrise in the Redwoods, through the wildfire smoke

Several days later, we were dealing with the huge Dolan Fire at Big Sur, which began Aug. 18 and jumped over to Fort Hunter Liggett on Sept. 8 – nearly killing 15 Los Padres National Forest firefighters and dozer operators with its ferocity and speed. It was a really bad couple of weeks for those in Monterey County.

Evacuation zones surround Fort Hunter Liggett

The rainy season is just around the corner, and will be most welcomed.

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1 Comment

  1. Joyce Hinton said,

    What an eye you have! Great to see these – your family too. I loved living in CA – experiencing the coast. Thank you for your work – pleasure!

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