Roosevelt Elk On The Beach in Northern California
It was a foggy rainy morning and we drove south from Crescent City along the California coast on Newton B Drury Scenic Parkway through the Prairie Creek Redwood State Park. Several herds of Elk are sited along the way. The Redwoods in this park are approximately 300 feet tall and average 20 feet wide. They are monstrous! Jason and I took a 2 mile hike trough giant Redwoods out to the BIG TREE 304 feet tall, 21.6 feet in diameter, 68 feet in circumference with an estimated age of 1500 years. What a beautiful area. From there we drove to Elk Prairie where there were several Elk and the rain was just a mist. We walked along Gold Bluffs Beach and to our surprise we saw three bull Elk walking along the sand by the surf. Two rutted for a bit and this was wonderful to watch. After a quick lunch Jason and I walked down a trail and a very large Elk was trying to get velvet off its huge antlers on the bushes. It then came out into the clearing and we were very close in awe watching it graze and drink from the creek.
We headed back and stopped at the High Bluff Overlook. We walked along the North view and it winded down to a plateau overlooking the ocean. It was a very large flat area with huge boulders. Jason noticed some large flat beautiful snails. Some shells where white and some were browns. Another wonderful day.
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