Day 11 / by Hannah Harley

May 16 We rolled into Crescent City, CA the night of May 15th, and I hurried out to photograph the last rays of sunlight going through the Redwoods.

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It was a beautiful orange, and I got to enjoy a beautiful scene. (I did have to hurry the process since I'm not sure I parked in a fully legal spot.)

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The next morning was a lovely start to our trip down the coast. We traveled through Redwood Highway, Route 101. We stopped at the Lady Bird Johnson Grove; we didn't get to see too much of it since we were dragging our feet through the forest and ended up deciding to hit the road before the 2 mile trail was finished. In our defense, we still had 6 hours of driving to do until we arrived in San Francisco.

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The view from our motel was wonderful. Apparently, motels are establishments in which you enter the room entirely from the exterior and hotels are where you enter from within a structure. Some people might say that that is interesting... Some might say that it is not. I bet you're bored of it too.

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We decided to take the Park Ranger's advice and traveled through the Avenue of the Giants, a short 25 miles that was filled with some of the tallest trees and largest trees I've ever seen. It was a beautiful, visual feast.

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I was shocked to see how fire had ravaged the area has been by forest fire. I had no idea that it could wipe out such large portions of a national park. You can see in the tree below.. The tree still managed to live, despite the burning flames and the inner charring. You go, redwood tree!

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Seriously... how beautiful of a view was the coastal highway?

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The Redwoods were a stunning expression of nature's incredible and daunting prowess. And I loved every minute of it.