Our long-distance photo trip for 2017 was to the Redwoods parks of northern California and the southwestern corner of Oregon, including Crater Lake National Park.
Our first destination was the Redwood state and national parks in northern California. Our itinerary took us through Wyoming, Idaho and western Oregon to the tiny hamlet of Klamath, California on the Yurok Indian reservation. From there, we visited several parks to see groves of massive redwoods. These trees are nothing like the trees in other areas, including the Sequoia trees further south.
Just north of the parks in Crescent City, we found some poppies that are an attractive alternative to the wildflowers of the Rockies
From the Redwoods, we drove north to Crater Lake National Park.
Although the park was open, half of the Rim Drive was still snow-bound and the holiday crowds often overwhelmed the roads and parking lots. Even with the crowds and closed trails, the park did offer some very scenic views, including starry night skies above Wizard Island.
Because we visited the park during the July Fourth weekend, the crowds were more than we wanted, so we opted to look instead for waterfalls along the Umpqua River and covered bridges in the Cottage Grove area
Our visits to the Redwood groves and the area around Cottage Grove left us looking forward to return visits for more exploration and more photos .
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