Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Lucky camping

Day 16

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
Notes: 
1. Click image to enlarge. Use your browser's view pulldown to Zoom In or Zoom Out.
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



History of a redwood tree

Dead tree in Franklin Lane Grove















  • 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





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25 comments:

  1. Great! Send a photo from the TOP of one of those babies!

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    1. Hi Freebird,

      OK! We'll send iPhone up there. He's fearless. 😏

      George


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  2. Say "Hi" to Paul Bunyan and Babe for us! :)

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    1. Hi Croft,

      Yes! We will say to Paul and Babe for you! 😏😏

      George

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    2. Paul and Babe are WAY north of Avenue of the Giants...about 100 miles.

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    3. Hi Pete,

      These are Paul and Babe's cousins. Who, just coincidentally also have the names, Paul and Babe!

      Really! It's true!

      George

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  3. Wow lucky you got a space. Love Avenue of the Giants...

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    1. Hi Rita,

      I agree! And thru the Memorial Day holiday too.

      This area is just fantastic to spend some time in. Our Camp is right inside Avenue of the Giants.

      George

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  4. I'm scratching my head over that one. If the door was locked before you left for Giant Redwoods RV Park, the door is not likely to pop open. Are you pretty sure no one entered Scampy when you were not looking? Check around to see if anything else is missing.

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    1. Hi Dee,

      The latch that secures the door may have developed a problem staying closed.

      Just a few minutes ago, a gust of wind blew that closed door open.

      I am keeping an eye on that latch to try and figure out what is going on.

      George

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    2. George, we had a dead-bolt lock installed on our Hi-Lo RV because we did not feel "warm and fuzzy" about the flimsy locking mechanism on the Hi-Lo when we bought it in 2009. Without that dead bolt, we could have easily had the same thing happen.

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    3. I am in the process of joining:
      Scamp Owners International

      I wish to learn how other Scamp owners have dealt with door opening issues.

      George


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  5. Avenue of the Giants - what a drive and Humboltz Redwood Park, wow! We visited there in September 1999 on our way to Whidbey Island and have always remembered it as a favorite place. Our son just visited the first week of May this year and was equally enthralled with the Redwoods and as Sam said "you just need to see them for yourself". George enjoy every moment and be sure to look for the yellow banana slug and maybe even get the T-shirt!

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    1. Hi Sandy,

      I agree! And I get to spend a week up here exploring!

      Banana slug T-shirts? Hmmmm?

      George

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  6. It was reported earlier that there was a suspected frypan theft ring operating in the area!

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    1. Bill, LOL! That is hilarious. (I'm rolling in the floor laughing with tears in my eyes!). It doesn't take much to entertain me.

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    2. Hi Bill,

      You heard about that too!

      At breakfast this morning at the local cafe, that theft ring was the major topic of conversation!

      I am locking Scampy's door from now on. I want to protect my brand new frypan!

      George


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  7. George,
    I haven't posted in a long time but I have checked in since about day one,I'm so glad to see you on the road and enjoying life.
    The door on those small fiberglass trailers have been known to come open even when locked, check the hinges and the lock to be sure they are not wore out. George go over to the fiberglass RV site
    and join and ask how to fix the door so it won't come open when driving. Their are a lot of people their that have 13'Scamps that will help you.
    Have fun and enjoy the Coast.Jay

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    1. Hi Jay,

      Thank you sooooo much for checking in! And also for your advice about the Fiberglass RV site. 😀

      George

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  8. I worked at Giant Redwoods for a couple of months last year. I love the area. I hope you enjoy it.

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    1. Hi Schag,

      Yes! This place is lovely. Nice park. Beautiful redwoods!!

      George


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  9. Hey George, Did you see the new landslide that occurred on Rte 1? Pretty huge, and will cut off access for the local folks indefinitely !

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    1. Hi John,

      I just read the news!

      This slide shows the inevitable and unstoppable process of Mother Nature.

      Building a road close to the Ocean is madness.

      George

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  10. George, I actually tie my RV door shut from the inside with velcro strapping. Even after being "adjusted" several times, I never trust it. When my motorhome was new, I hit a bump at 55 in Rocky Mtn National park. The door flew open and caused the steps to deploy. They hit a log along the edge of the road that the park service had put there to keep people from parking to watch the elk. That meant I now had a lower step 4" to the rear of the top step so it would not fold back up! Got someone to bang it back into shape, but never trusted that door again.

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    1. Hi Grandma,

      In a comment-reply above I wrote:

      I am in the process of joining:
      Scamp Owners International

      I wish to learn how other Scamp owners have dealt with door opening issues.

      George


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