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We were all set for the 4 hour drive from home. About 2 1\2 hours into our drive, our GPS directed us towards the Redwood Highway from Cloverdale \ CA 128 W. It was a gentle climb over the mountains. Before we even realized, we were on a single two lane road driving at 25 m\h with a dense redwood forest. Even though it was midday by the time we reached the redwood highway, it looked as if it were 6 in the evening. We had to strain our necks to look up to the top.. The redwoods were as tall or much taller than the coconut trees found in Goa. The sunlight hardly penetrated through to the ground. We drove on this road for almost 2 hours to CA 1. The route was very picturesque and memorable.
On reaching CA1, there are many sandy small beaches, beautiful small coves great for picnics and even swimming. About 20 miles north we reached Glass beach. From the parking lot it was about a five minute walk to the trail that led us to the beach. There was no sand there.. just rounded pebbles that were transparent and in different shades of red, green, white, orange, dark green and black.
|This is what I found.|
|A closer perspective|
On our return, we decided to take CA 20 - Fort Bragg-Willitts.. This was an overwhelming drive as it was a long winding with just us on the road and not a soul / car in sight. This is probably not the best route to come by, if we ever come by again this side I would return the same route we came by i.e CA 128 W.
This trip on the whole gave us an idea about the majestic redwood trees that are one of the tallest in the world. During summer, the North Coast is often gray with a thick layer of fog. When inland temperatures are high, the fog is drawn in from over the ocean. This natural cooling and moistening system is beneficial to the redwoods near the coast. Fog precipitates onto the forest greenery and then drips to the forest floor, providing a small bit of moisture during summer dry periods. The NPS website gives a detailed description and insight about the trees. It was one of our incredible trips that gave us an idea to visit the Redwood National Park sometime later.