We knew we had to get out of the city for Kristan’s spring break, so we decided to head up north and find the trees. Our first stop was Humboldt Redwoods State Park, which had many incredibly cool – yet still short – hikes and loops. Our campsite was right next to a giant redwood stump and after far too much whiskey, we found ourselves on top of it with all the pretty lights. Camping that night was really amazing, even if we had to replenish our drinking supplies the next day.
We poked around in Eureka and Arcata for a little while before making our way to Prairie Creek State Park, part of the Redwoods National and State Parks. Despite camping at Elk Prairie for two nights, we never saw the Roosevelt Elk the campground was named for! We did however find a lot of skunk cabbage on the actually-appropriately-named Skunk Cabbage Trail. (And so our faith in naming conventions was restored.)
One of the last and best parts of the trip though was our stop at the Lady Bird Johnson Grove, which has an easy hiking loop, but also the most people we saw all trip. As you can see, it was hard to keep some of our fellow hikers out of our photos. But we made friends, so all’s well that ends well!