Leaving Brookings I head inland to visit Crater Lake National Park, at 1,943ft (592m), the lake is the deepest in the United States and has the deepest blue colour of any body of water I’ve seen!
This lake was created by a massive volcanic eruption 7,700 years ago leaving a deep basin in the place where a mountain peak once stood. There are no rivers flowing into or out of the lake; the evaporation is compensated for by rain and snowfall at a rate such that the total amount of water is replaced every 250 years.
Having spent the day at Crate Lake I overnight in Klamath Falls at Shilo Inn Suites Hotel ($102, 1nght) before heading back to the coast the following day. First stop is at the Oregon Caves National Monument.
The guided walk through the caves is very enjoyable and informative and the coolness inside the cave complex is very welcome.
From the Oregon Caves I continue on the Redwood Hwy towards Crescent City and my ultimate destination for the evening – Americas Best Value Inn ($81, 1nght).
Howland Hill Road in Jedediah Smith Redwoods SP, is full of absolutely ginormous trees, somewhere in amongst these giant redwoods was the setting for the forest moon of Endor, home of the Ewoks, in Return of The Jedi.
Words and pictures cannot do justice to this place, Stout Grove in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park is a magical place, particularly in the quiet of the early evening.
A grey morning as I leave Crescent City, but I stop at Battery Point for a little wander around the rock pools near the lighthouse then it’s on to Del Norte Coast Redwood State Park to hike among these huge coastal trees.
The next stopover is in Eureka at a Super 8 Motel ($159, 2nghts).
Carson mansion in Eureka is considered the most grand Victorian home in the US. Heading back up the Redwood Hwy first thing in the morning I stop to watch of a herd of deer grazing on the coastal grass. Then it’s onto the Newton B Drury Scenic Parkway which is an amazing road through old-growth redwood forest.
Lunch is a great sandwich in Ferndale, a very pretty high street, with it’s well preserved Victorian store-fronts.