Trip Day 5 – Eel River, Redwoods, California

Day 4s redwoods were mired in a cloud bank of fog. Day 5 dawned clear and crisp but the trees themselves were no less impressive for lack of their foggy crowns.

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One thing about having a fish-eye lens handy is that it helps to give a true (well, admittedly, sometimes exaggerated) sense of perspective. Laura looks tiny down in the corner.

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And you can’t beat 8mm for giving someone that larger-than-life look.

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For me, the place is almost worthy of worship. To the first settlers who made their way here I can’t imagine what their reactions must have been. Unfortunately, not everyone feels the same way and they just can’t help leaving their mark here.

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Leaving these ancient giants, we made our way down 101 and stopped to putter about the Eel River gorge a bit. The Eel was a bit dry this time of year so we could walk down into the river bed and feel the mighty grip of the shoreline close up around us.

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Everywhere you look your surroundings seem worthy of a postcard.

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And thus we close day 5. This set reminds me of just how utterly random our travels were. After making our way south a bit for no real reason, Day 6 will find us back in Oregon exploring the Oregon National Caverns.

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8 responses to “Trip Day 5 – Eel River, Redwoods, California

  1. DotsOfColor

    Excellent photos!

  2. I can see why this is a sacred place for you – magnificent trees and land – a place of superlatives!

  3. Fresh from my desk...

    Beautiful pics. And random traveling is the best way – the unexpected things we stumble across along the journey are often the things we cherish the most about the trip.

  4. Gorgeous shots! Enjoy the caves – my old stomping grounds. Get some sausage at Taylor’s and stay at the treehouse b&b in Cave Junction…

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