Took a nice leisurely ride through the park and was just amazed at how awesome it was. For dry camping, it was $35 a night, which seems a little pricey, but the whole place was great! That is what camping should be like, not the "typical" RV parks that I have been seeing.. ugggh.
|Stream @ Jedidiah Smith|
The park ranger then told me of a popular place to go hiking amongst the redwoods, Walker Road. I went to the very end of the road there, where it turned into an almost impassable gravel and sand area. If was in a car, or RV, would've never made it far as I did, but the wonders of two wheels, and the desire and motivation, to get away from the crowds, brought me to a little slice of heaven.
|Debris from Redwood Grove|
There was no one around me and was able to spend well over an hour or so just being at one with nature. This was a great place to be and just relax and explore everything. Being with the trees like that is so humbling, it made me feel like I know nothing. They, the redwoods, have seen so much and will continue to grow even after earth worms engulf me.
While there, it started to sprinkle, drizzle, light rain. It was so peaceful knowing that I was safe, and dry, as the overhead canopy absorbed and deflected all the rain. Sat at the base of one of the giant trees and just reveled in all the glory that surrounded me. Powerful.
To get there, detoured from US 101 and took US 199 to Jedidiah Smith, then back to Walker Road. Going to Jedidiah Smith was wonderful and full of nice twisties. I gave it some throttle, kept wallet safe in chest pocket, and enjoyed leaning into everything without following someone. This ride was amazing and would do it again in a heartbeat, assuming the roads are dry and free of debris.
The same user on Reddit also mentioned this place. It looks from the road to be a typical tourist trap thing, and to some extent it is a little bit, but there is a hidden gem within it that was very nice indeed.
The owner, who is a 92 year old vibrant lady, has spent a good portion of her life building the place up, and as part of this, creating a very nice museum dedicated to Native Americans, and Indigenous cultures from all over, but focusing on Native Americans. This seems to be her main purpose in life and why she built the Trees of Mystery business, to fund the museum.
While I didn't meet her, even at 92, she still works and during the summer and is there most of the time. Her presence wanes off a little during the cooler, rainy months, but she still makes an appearance now and then.
The museum is wonderful. Got a good feeling by all the artifacts, in great condition, that she has been able to amass. There were 2,000 year old stone tablets/things and everything was very tastefully laid out and organized, honoring their life and heritage. If only I could've touched and held some things it would've been infinitely better, but the purpose is to honor, and preserve, the Indigenous people (Native Americans and otherwise).