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USA West Coast Road Trip Part 6

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!

0243 Stunning azure waters of Crater Lake

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.

 

0244 Crater Lake is the deepest lake in US at 1,943 ft and holds 4.9 trillion gallons of water 0245 Down at the waterside of Crater Lake, basically inside an old volcano 0246 Heading to Crescent City from Klamath Falls - back to the coast - stopping at Oregon Caves National Monument

 

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.

0247 Oregon Caves

 

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).

 

0248 Howland Hill Road in Jedediah Smith Redwoods SP, absolutely ginormous trees around here 0249 Howland Hill Road in Jedediah Smith Redwoods SP, absolutely ginormous trees around here 0250 Howland Hill Road in Jedediah Smith Redwoods SP, absolutely ginormous trees around here

 

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.

 

0251 Stout Grove in Jedediah Smith Redwoods SP 0252 Stout Grove in Jedediah Smith Redwoods SP0254 Stout Grove in Jedediah Smith Redwoods SP

 

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.

 

0255 Battery Point, Crescent City on damp, grey morning 0256 Hiking in Del Norte Coast Redwoods SP 0257 Hiking in Del Norte Coast Redwoods SP

 

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.

 

0258 Hiking in Del Norte Coast Redwoods SP Hiking in Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park 0260 Hiking in Del Norte Coast Redwoods SP

 

The next stopover is in Eureka at a Super 8 Motel ($159, 2nghts).

 

0261 Carson Mansion, Eureka 0262 Deer grazing on the coast 0263 Newton B Drury Scenic Parkway

 

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.

 

0264 Ferndale 0265 Ferndale 0266 Blue Jay

 

Lunch is a great sandwich in Ferndale, a very pretty high street, with it’s well preserved Victorian store-fronts.

 

Avenue of Giants 0269 Had to revisit the Avenue of Giants this morning on drive south, such a magical place being surrounded by these enormous trees 0270 Went through the Chandelier Drive Thru Tree in Leggett

 

Avenue of the Giants is a great stretch of scenic highway running 32 miles through Humboldt Redwoods State Park and has Chandelier Tree, a drive-thru tree located in the town of Leggett.

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