Another day in the California Redwoods!
But this time,instead of being deep in the trees, I decided on some scenic beach time.
I headed out on Davison road which leads up through second growth forest, then down to the beach. As a comparison of the size of trees that were here to the ones presently on site, you can see the huge old stump in this picture.
There was a small campground along the beach, but with the prices raised as a result of the California budget crisis, the price was now $35/night, and there was no one in the campground. I’m guessing that the previous price may have been $20? I can’t see how that is good economics to raise the price so that you eliminate any revenue at all?
Apparently the Gold Bluffs beach got it’s name from the gold that was discovered here mixed with the sand washed down from the watersheds upstream. Miners used to haul the sand and gravel on the backs of mules to the top of the banks, then use water from the winter storms to wash it down through sluice boxes to recover the gold.