We realized this is day 44 of our trip and we plan to be at our other home in exactly 100 days from today.
It is cool (12 C) and windy but at least the fog has lifted and visibility is improving as the sun burns off the mist. We headed inland to some trails recommended by the lady at the visitors center.
The first was a 1 mile loop through some of the remaining old growth forest containing 400 year old Douglas Fir and older Port Orford Cedar up to 250 feet tall. There was a guide book with numbered stops pointing out things we would have missed. There were a lot of mosquitoes so Jennie had to suit up.
Pictures don’t really do justice to these monsters.
This one tree could supply enough wood to build 3, 3 bedroom houses.
Next we took a short trail to the world’s largest Mrytlewood tree (also know as California Laurel) in a grove of them. This wood is apparently good for carving as there are lots of shops around selling it. The tree’s leaves also have a pleasant scent so it was like hiking in a flower garden. The tree is kind of weird. It has a huge blob of a base and then a large number of trunks. This one had been through so many fires the bottom was hollow and several people could easily fit inside.
We made our way along a river back to the coast and had lunch on the jetty on the opposite side from the campground.
You can see the RV on the other side, below.
Since it was clear we headed back towards Cape Sebastian to check out the view. We first stopped at another viewpoint.
At the Cape you are supposed to be able to see about 50 miles down the coast but there was still some haze in the distance.
I think the wind was even stronger today but the trail still protected us. It was a nice 1.5 mile trail through the headlands but it turned out the view at the parking lot was better than the view at the farthest out point.
We sat out at the end for a while staring down the cliff before heading back.
Once again we the only people we saw on any of the trails was a family that went about 50 feet down the Cape Sebastian trail and turned around.
Driving back to our RV we smelled and passed by a little trailer with a BBQ smoker out back, strategically placed beside the local high school. We ordered a pulled pork sandwich to share as it was not yet dinner time. It was so good we had to go back for another. We had a very late dinner.
Back at the RV, the high winds was really shaking the beast and the wave action by the jetties was spectacular.
Pelicans were on the hunt.