Along the River
We drove from Crescent City, CA inland to Medford, OR today, a distance of about 110 miles each way. The first part of the trip out of Crescent City weaves through the redwood forest and follows along the bank above the Smith River. The Smith is a wild river and along the way we looked down on the confluence of the Middle and North Forks.
The water is so clean it really achieves that incredible teal green color like liquid glass. There were a lot of wildflowers along the way. One of my favorites is the Pacific dogwood and a lot of them were blooming along the roadside and the canyon walls.
There were clumps of purple lupine along the roadside. The white and purple ceanothus waved in the breeze as we drove by. The native rhododendrons are just starting to flower. The wallflowers are a particular shade of orange yellow that catches your eye as you gaze up at the steep banks on the roadside.
It was a beautiful sunny day in the 70s and a way to once again appreciate how spring unfolds in this corner of the world and the pristine place I get to call home.
Posted on May 1, 2013, in Del Norte County, Native Plants, Redwoods and tagged Crescent City California, dogwood, Redwood National and State Parks, redwoods, Smith River, wallflowers. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.