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Written by Jared on October 18, 2011

The three of us in front of a big redwood tree.Start: October 10 - Jedidiah Smith Redwoods State Park
End: October 13 - San Francisco
Miles Driven: 362
Number of Salmon Not Caught: All of them
Days of Rain: 0!
Gigantic Trees: Lots

Week two brought us better weather and some awesome scenery. We spent three nights camping in Jedidiah Smith Redwoods State Park on the Smith River. King salmon were running and Kobus and I spent most of our time flailing about on the water.

Our campsite in the redwoods.

Our campsite on the Smith River in the Redwoods State Park. It was nice and peaceful until a van full of little kids pulled up at 2am the first night. That was nice...

Kobus fishing on the Smith River.

Here's the view about 30 feet from our campsite. Kobus and I hit the water the first afternoon and we dined on fresh-caught trout that evening.

The trout I caught.

The best of the bunch, a nice 13" rainbow.

Our spot on the Smith River.

The following day was a "work day" - the three of us holed up in the local Starbucks for four hours in the morning. Kobus and I left Jessica in the afternoon to return to the river. We moved upstream a bit and found an awesome hole with salmon jumping constantly. I hooked one but lost it after a minute, the proceeded to break my fishing pole out of sheer stupidity. It was not the best day for fishing.

Jessica sitting on a big rock on the Smith River.

We decided to extend our stay at Jedidiah Smith Redwoods State Park in the hopes that we'd eventually be able to catch a salmon, oh yeah, and so we could see some gigantic trees. Kobus and I fished in the morning, above is a shot of Jessica perched above the river reading and playing with her camera.

While we fish Jessica tested out her intervalometer - a little dohicky that lets her take pictures every second or two that can be combined to create hilarious stop-motion videos. Moral of the story: she'd rather watch 30 minutes of us not catching fish in 15 seconds.

A very large tree.

That afternoon we went on a short hike through an old-growth redwoods forest.

Jessica taking picture of a tree.

And this is what Jessica looks like taking the photo above.

Blue in front of a big tree.

After the hike we headed back into Crescent City to fill up on gas. On the way back to our campsite we took a scenic drive through more of the park. To give you an idea of the size of these trees, here's Blue parked in front of a giant.

And now... to San Francisco!


Jan Harwood
#2 Jan Harwood 2012-02-08 14:58
Wow!What an adventure! Great pictures! Have fun and be safe--
Win Harrison
#1 Win Harrison 2011-10-19 10:43
The fast-motion intervalometer- thing-a-ma-gig will probably prove very useful later in your travels, so keep using it. Sylvia and I are envious - such tall trees, and the rainy season has yet to come. Looked a tad chilly, though.

Don't skimp on the updates - sounds like great fun.

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