The Avenue of Giants represents an idyllic type of Californian beauty as it has been for hundred of years. Some of these redwood trees are hundreds---if not thousands--- of years old. Their size and majesty are awesome to behold. One is tempted to drive as slowly as possible to savor how grand, mysterious, calming these woods are. Along the woods run creeks and rivers, and there are glimpses of the Pacific Ocean. The state park centers are extremely helpful for information about the history of the woods, the current state of flora and fauna, and efforts at conservation. The rangers tend to be a little curt and crusty. The trails through the woods are indescribably beautiful. We stayed in Eureka, a nice little town with several good restaurants. One of the amusing things that you will pass are some roadside places selling souvenirs, such as bowls and cups carved from wood, small "starter" redwood trees, and many souvenirs related to Paul Bunyan/Babe the Blue Ox and Sasquatch. Once in the Avenue of Giants, there are no restaurants to speak of, and few gas stations. Also, the road winds and is not lit at night. Precautions on driving at night.
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