When we first entered areas where the redwood trees started appearing along both sides of the highway, we felt like we were in a different world. After spending a night in Fortuna we drove to the Avenue of the Giants in Humboldt Redwoods State Park (part of the Redwood National Park) and made several stops along the way. If you are short on time, the Founder's Grove trail is an easy, level walk through the trees. Walking among the trees takes your breath away! The trees are so tall that the sunlight is very filtered along the trails, allowing other plants to grow in the shade. Take time to read the informative plaques on the trail. The night before we visited the Avenue of the Giants we had hoped to walk on the recommended Lady Bird Johnson trail (which is further north) but discovered when we arrived there that RVs are not permitted on the road that leads to the trail so we had to turn around in the designated turn-around area.
North of Fortuna, California on 101 there are also opportunities to view elk safely. We listened to the radio broadcast on the station that was posted on the roadsign which gave us directions to Davison Road, an excellent location to view these magnificent animals walking right across the road in front of us. Park brochures indicate other areas to view them also.
You could easily spend several days enjoying these trees and the other plants, wildlife and scenic areas. Regretably, we only had a few hours but I hope that we will be able to return someday to more fully explore this area.
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