Sunday, August 22, 2010

Leaving the Northern California Redwoods

DSC_0091This last week we stayed at the Ancient Redwoods RV Park, and we both agree it was our favorite RV Park this summer.  The park has 49 level-paved, big rig friendly spaces with room for slide-outs, 50-amp hook ups, laundry, gift shop, convenience store and The Immortal Tree, a 1,000 year old redwood that has survived fire, flood and the logger’s axe.  We purchased a beautiful redwood burl vase (with a glass insert to hold water for flowers) from the gift shop.   Is it not gorgeous?

The park is located one mile north of Redcrest, California, on the Avenue of the Giants, sitting among the tallest and oldest living trees in the world.  We could easily stay here another week; the weather has been perfect—daytime in the low 70’s and sunny.  The nights never got below 56 degrees, and it is so quiet at night.  Just an occasional hoot of an owl.

The park’s small size lends itself to be a very social place.  We met some extremely nice people here including Floyd (the camp host/caretaker) and Dave, Ginny and Alice, the dog (recent full-timers).  Thanks for the best blackberry cobbler, Dave and Ginny!  (Note:  They picked the blackberries right here in the park!)

IMG_0564Ferndale, California was our day’s outing.  The entire Main Street has been designated a National Register Historic District and includes interesting art galleries, gift shops and restaurants all housed in quaint Victorian-era buildings.  The ornate homes were built in the 1800s by successful dairy farmers and are called “butterfat palaces”.  The movie “The Majestic” with Jim Carrey was filmed here.  A must-see movie.   Did you check out the palm tree in the picture?  Fun day.

Pictures below were taken in our park and our site (notice one of the pictures is our gnome playing a “Joe and the Volcano” re-enactment):

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