It was a clear blue sky morning so we took off to return to Gold Bluffs Beach to look for Elk and walk into the Fern Canyon. We were lucky yesterday to see the Elk on the beach since this morning they were near the dirt road on our way to the beach. Two males stood and posed for us and then continued on to graze on the grasses along the road. David, Jason and I waded ankle deep along the Fern Canyon amazed how high the canyon rose above us. The ferns covered the walls on both sides and the creek cut through this beautiful grotto. Ferns, mushrooms, frogs and salamanders were in this lovely area.
We drove along Bald Hills Road and at the overlook could see the tallest trees in the world. The access is limited and access is by permit only so on this trip we viewed them from above. We continued back up the coast and drove through Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park. Howland Hill Road is very narrow and takes you along through these magnificent giants to the Stout Grove. Jason took a hike and I photographed. At one point I sat on a huge downed trunk and was amazed on how quiet and peaceful it is. I felt very small in this beautiful forest.