Monday, July 26, 2010

Lady Bird Johnson Trail: Redwood National Park

This was the last of our hikes on this camping trip. An easy 1.5 mile loop on level grounds with plenty of lovely redwoods and ferns to gaze at, it was perfect for the kids. Even Talinn walked most of it.Afterward, we stopped at the visitor's center by the ocean to get Talinn's National Park passport stamped. The plan was to head to Crescent City post lunch. It's the last city in CA before you hit the Oregon border but we got too lazy and decided to relax at the campsite and enjoy some elaborately cooked pav-bhajis and dahi bhallas instead. Yes, we do camp in luxury with industrial strength burners. No power bar lunches here! Thanks to Vinnie and Bhupi!Although the plan was to stay a fourth night, we decided to start out on our 7 hour drive back home that very evening. Given the fourth of July celebrations, we figured there would be little traffic to beat and right we were. It took us a little over 6 hours and we were home by 10pm with an entire extra day at home to unpack and chill.On our way back, we drove through downtown Eureka famous for its Victorian architecture. The most famous building in the city is the Carson mansion built in 1886 and supposedly the most photographed Victorian home in the country. Here's a picture if you're curious to see what it looks like and across from the street is the Pink Lady, designed for William Carson as a wedding present for his son.

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