As we made our way south along the coastal highway 101 this November the weather was sunny and warm, strange for the time of year. Usually, it’s rainy and cool and we just want to get south as fast as we can. So, this year we slowed our pace to take advantage of the good fortune.
We enjoyed 5 nights at an old favorite the Elk Country RV Resort. Pretty well every time we’ve camped here we’ve witnessed the local herd of Roosevelt Elk and often right in the campground! This time was no exception. They are a pleasure to see. Amazingly quiet for such large animals. A whole herd can sort of sneak up on you.
Also, during our stay, we toured the nearby Redwood National Park and several of the other California State Parks. Much of this part of the California coast is protected, still natural and wild. Below are a couple of videos with highlights of our visit to the area.
False Klamath Cove
In this first video, we stop off one of our favorite rest stops along the northern California coast. Mild fall day November 16th, 2018 False Klamath Cove is located on highway 101 about 15 miles south of Crescent City, CA. It’s a pretty spot to go for a beach walk, watch the waves roll in, explore tide pools and view wildlife. In the past, we have seen playful otters in the nearby lagoon.
This time we saw a couple of elephant seals, but unfortunately, they appeared dead even though posted signs said they were merely resting and molting. The sign warned to stay back 150 feet so it was hard to tell but the 30X zoom on my new Sony camcorder made their condition clear. 🙁
On a happier note, we spied several cute little Oyster Catchers feeding on the rocks offshore.
Redwoods National Park
In this second video, I show a few highlights of our stay at the Elk Country RV Resort on the north California coast. The RV Park is located minutes from the famous Redwood National Park and several other beautiful California State Parks.
The video begins with elk in the campground, then we take a stroll through the Lady Bird Johnson Grove to view the big trees. On the way back we spot a herd of elk crossing the Redwood Creek, what a sight! The video concludes the next day as we depart and the elk are once again lounging in the campground, this time in the pouring rain.
We now leave the coast behind and travel inland towards the desert. Stay tuned…