Giant Redwoods RV Park
7am - Yesterday afternoon, the Scampy Team began to explore Avenue of the Giants, a road that is famous for the huge redwood trees along its length.
We became concerned about where we would find a place to Nite Camp. It was after 4pm and here we were at the beginning of the Avenue of the Giants road!
Little iPhone spotted a nearby RV park named Giant Redwoods RV Park. We drove over there believing that this park would be completely booked. However, when we asked at the office, we were told that just a few minutes ago, a cancellation was received!!
If we had arrived a few minutes earlier, we would been told that there was no space available for us!
We are staying here at the Park thru Memorial Day holiday. With an entire week available, we will be able to completely explore this giant redwood tree forest!
11am - Lost frypan!
During the last part of yesterday's journey, Scampy must have been seriously bumped! When we arrived at Giant Redwoods RV Park, Scampy's door was open. This had never happened before.
When we went to prepare supper, our frypan was missing. We figure that when we went over that bump that opened Scampy's door, the cabinet which contained the frypan opened up. The frypan must have toppled to floor and then bounced to the outside.
This morning we went to an Ace Hardware in the Town of Redway and bought a new frypan.
|AutoStitch pano of South Fork Eel River|
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2. The South Fork Eel River flows just a few feet away from Giant Redwoods RV Park.
2pm - The Redwood Tree Groves
We went off to see the groves of redwood trees. Using a brochure from the
RV park, we drove to the southern most grove. It's named, "Franklin K. Lane Grove."
Pretty quick we figured out that there are really no groves of redwood trees. The truth is, that redwood trees are growing all over the forest in this area.
So, what is a "grove?" The answer to this question is, that a grove is part of the forest that is given the name of somebody who is honored by the tree lovers. Tourists flock to these "so-called" groves. These tourists fool themselves into believing that the grove they trudge thru is special. It's not!
Trees growing near the Eel River
Little iPhone and George trudged down to the South Fork of the Eel River. Looking back at the forest, we could see tons of redwood trees.
In the pic below, the tallest trees are all redwoods. There are sooooo many redwood trees in this pic! Amazing!
|Redwoods growing near South Fork Eel River|
- The tree in this pic sprouted as a seedling on April 1, 1734.
- On February 7, 1876, a raging fire seriously damaged the tree.
- During the morning of December 17, 1907, high winds toppled the tree.
This toppled redwood tree, although now dead, will remain where it is for hundreds of years. Redwood trees are very resistant to decay. 😜
Nite Camp Location Map
Elevation: 154 feet