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The Elk

41°15' 28" N 124°5' 51" W Stone Lagoon

Oct 7, 2014  –  by Maeva

Driving down the Californian Coast while searching for hidden surf spots can bring a few unique surprises. One of them was the appearance of a magnificent elk as we reached Stone Lagoon. In a magical and fairytale inspiring landscape, the animal and his herd made their way towards the lagoon, passing right in front of the car. We quietly watched them up close completely amazed as the elk observed us in return, protecting his own. We knew we absolutely loved the majestic appeal of the animal, especially at a time where elk and deer designs and patterns are so popular, but seeing one up close was a revelation! Some tattoo ideas reaching the surface? Only time will tell.

Elk and herd at Stone Lagoon
Elk and herd at Stone Lagoon
Elk and herd at Stone Lagoon
Elk and herd at Stone Lagoon

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