Klamath River and Forest - only one road through the beautiful forest, ponderosa and jeffery pine, cedar, douglas, red and white fir trees as far as the eye can see, with many acres of old growth forest.
Its old-growth forests include Coast Douglas Fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii var. menziesii), Tanoak (Lithocarpus densiflorus), Pacific Madrone (Arbutus menziesii), and White Fir (Abies concolor).
Where we were, the river runs west along the south side of the Siskiyou Mountains until it takes a sharp southward turn near the town of Happy Camp. From there, it flows southwest over whitewater rapids into the Klamath National Forest, receiving the Salmon River, and passes the unincorporated community of Orleans.(source;Wikipedia) Here are some of the clearest and sparkliest refreshing waters I have ever swam in. A true gem that the locals visit yearly and few others experience.
Falling in love with the forest and river landscape, feeling more at home and alive, grateful and appreciative of the immense beauty of California’s environment and the small pockets of wilderness still left and preserved.
Coming from England where most of the forests were cut down long ago, and many of the rivers polluted, it is joyous to be in places still wild.
Meandering on with the river, to meet with friends in an old growth redwood forest, by the Eel river for their daughter, River’s birthday, shared with our daughter’s sixth birthday.
To the giant redwoods if southern Humbolt and the rivers surround.
If ever there was Lothlorien on earth, here she is. Breathtaking beauty, red wood, green carpets of sorrel and fern. Magical old energy and stillness as we are the only visitors to these guardian trees.
Arella works her old soul magic as she wizards with the trees.
We journey on..through Humbolt to the Briceland road down to more California Wilderness and rugged roads that hug steep drops of our old forests, lazy creeks with drought supplies of water and flashes of ocean views between the trunks and leaves.
Sinkyone Wilderness -named after the Sinkyone tribe of that area. The lack of major road and highway access has led to the Sinkyone Wilderness area being referred to as the Lost Coast.
Pacific Ocean views and coastline
Usnea abundant and two beautiful Hawthorn trees overloaded with berries and hummingbirds are the gift of the whole wilderness for me!
Playing in the sunlight
Watching it lower, and we journey on, changing rivers for ocean and following the coastline home.