My grandma and I share a special bond by having our birthdays just 3 days apart. It has meant on occasion that when she wants to go some place special for her birthday, then I get to go some place special. India, London, Hong Kong are among the places we have ventured to celebrate our special days.
We have wanted them to come visit us for awhile as it is also fun to enjoy time at home. My grandma thought it would be brilliant to show my grandpa the Avenue of the Giants, which she remembered fondly from a visit many, many years before.
Somehow when we talked about the drive, it did not register that the Avenue of the Giants were approx. 6 hours from our house. Not until we got in to the car did the shock set in, but no matter, we were headed for an adventure and the weather was STUNNING!
We drove up the Redwood Highway until we got to an exit that read “drive-thru tree.” We got off the highway and drove thru the Chandelier Tree – three times! If your are there, might as well enjoy it right? The size of the trees leading up to the drive-thru tree was incredible. Standing in the groves of redwoods, it was hard not to be inspired by the crisp, fragrant air.
We continued on our journey to the Avenue of the Giants. We drove the entire 31-mile stretch of road. We stopped many times along the way to enjoy the views, and look up, up, up at the incredible trees.
One of our my favorites was the Immortal Tree which has survived an ax, floods and lightening. It was humbling to be in the presence of trees over 2,000 years old.
From there we continued our adventure in the Victorian Village of Ferndale with a stay at the Victorian Village Inn and meandering walks down the charming Main Street. We also ventured up to Eureka and sampled many a cheese at the Loleta Cheese Factory, because I love cheese.
On the drive back, we wanted to see the Redwoods again, but there was a Marathon being run down the road – next time.
If you have not visited the Avenue of the Giants, it is worth the adventure!