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Redwood

41°12' 47" N 124°0' 17" W Redwood National Park

Oct 7, 2014  –  by Maeva

Welcome to California! We would have loved to post an awesome “Welcome to California” sign picture from the road, but someone had STOLEN it. Yes, stolen the actual sign off the road. Can you just picture it in someone’s backyard or something?

Anyhow,  although there was no sign, we entered California which was always the prime destination and reason for us to take this road trip in the first place. We arrived on the coast, once again, right by the ocean to enter the Redwood National Park. The California Redwood are the tallest trees on Earth. 133,000 acres of these gigantic trunks make for a rather impressive forest.

And well, tourists like us just couldn’t resist going for the drive-thru tree. Pilot Steph managed to drive the car right in the middle, making us and our car feel rather small!

Drive-thru tree in Redwood National Park
Drive-thru tree in Redwood National Park

The tree below is called “Big Tree” – oh how convenient. It measures 75m and is 1000 years. Guess we’re just a drop in the ocean.

Maeva in front of huge tree in Redwood Forest
Maeva in front of huge tree in Redwood Forest
Steph jumping in front of huge tree in Redwood Forest
Steph jumping in front of huge tree in Redwood Forest

Toketee Falls

43°15' 49" N 122°26' 2" W Toketee Falls

Oct 7, 2014  –  by Maeva

It was time again to leave the coast to do the Crater Lake loop. After a quick night stop in Roseburg and a free coffee from McDonald’s, we were on our way to the mountains and rivers on the road to Crater Lake. After a drive through the forest and along the Umpqua River, we found ourselves at the Toketee Falls. A small trail brought us to the viewpoint to admire the two tiered waterfall: 40ft into the first bowl than 80ft down to the river. As we were chatting, a twenty-something boy asked “Do you guys speak English?” and our positive answer was well worth it. He told us about a “hidden” trail that enables you to go all the way down to the river for a way more majestic view of the waterfall. You had to go over the fence (rebels!) and through a few steep rocks but he sure was right, let the images speak for themselves:

Toketee Falls view from the top
Toketee Falls view from the top
Steph on the Toketee Falls trail
Steph on the Toketee Falls trail
Toketee Falls view from the bottom
Toketee Falls view from the bottom