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Walking the Wild Trees Pt. 8: Jedediah State Park, Hiouchi

Friday October 14

Curley’s Motel

Crescent City CA

Lighthouse, Crescent City CA. Click on photo and you can see the "walking bridge" has already been taken by the tide, so to speak.

Today was a slower day. Had breakfast at the Chart House with the seals, and then headed downtown to the Northcoast Marine Mammal Center, a volunteer organization that rescues seals and other sea creatures. And we got a better look at the lighthouse that has been on the horizon since we got here. You can only visit it at low tide, and we are already too late. We also drive out to another point out by the airport north of town up the coast and decide to return before we leave.

Crescent City’s east side backs right up to Jedediah Smith State Park. We took Howland Road east from 101 and were deep in the redwood forest pretty quickly. We got out at one of the many trails along Mill Creek and walked for awhile before turning back. It was great; we met nobody during an hour walk.

Once again, you really have to click on this one to see how immense the Stout Tree is. I can't explain the notch.

Then we hit the Stout Grove, a short stroll through a small but very impressive grove of reds not far from of the South Fork of the Smith River. Though it wasn’t marked, we’re pretty sure we found the Stout Tree itself, one of the most impressive redwoods we have seen, with one of the widest girths we saw on the trip. Then we had coffee and pie in the Hiouchi Café in the fishing village of Hiouchi. They were getting ready to close for the afternoon, but they made a fresh pot of coffee anyway.

Curley's Lodge was built in the 1950s, and all wood came from one redwood tree. Even the bathroom door.

We caught a late afternoon showing of Moneyball (Brad Pitt is fantastic), and I had fish and chips and Alaskan Amber again with the seals at the Chart House. The slaw was fantastic and the portions large. Woo hoo.

Next: Cathedral Trees Trail the Big Tree, Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park


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