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Legget Chandelier Tree17106 viewsA tree you can drive your car through! Visit sunnyfortuna.com/explore/ for more information about the redwood trees. Photo courtesy of Hal Rattray.
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Avenue of the Giants7198 viewsHere's where you can drive through the redwood forests. It is now a scenic alternate, but the "Redwood Highway" was the main (and only) way to drive to points south. Logging trucks loaded with these behemoths, one log to a truck, would jockey for space on the roads. Many trees near the pavement carry scars. Visit sunnyfortuna.com/explore/ to learn more about the redwood trees.
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Carson Mansion4485 viewsOne of the most written about, and photographed Victorian houses in California, and perhaps in the United States... more
Photo courtesy of Hal Rattray.
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Avenue of the Giants4382 viewsVisit sunnyfortuna.com/explore/ for more information about the redwood trees.
Photo courtesy of Hal Rattray.
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Fishin' On the Bay4273 views
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Legget Chandelier Tree3965 viewsThe Drive-Through Tree in Leggett. Visit sunnyfortuna.com/explore/ for more information about the redwood trees.
Photo courtesy of Hal Rattray.
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Among the Redwoods3832 viewsThe Avenue of the Giants offers more than the majesty of towering redwoods. The 31-mile route also passes through several small hamlets that give a glimpse into the history of Humboldt County. The towns along the Avenue, once closely tied to the timber industry, now rely more on the tourists who come to see the redwoods, swim in the Eel River and visit Humboldt Redwoods State Park. more
Image courtesy of Precision Intermedia.
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Cape Mendocino3678 viewsOff to the right and behind the camera is a Gibraltar-size rock just offshore from Cape Mendocino --- the farthest western point in the contiguous 48 states. It looks just as it must have when the Spanish explorer Vizcaino and his crew spotted it nearly 400 years ago. Today, on a bright day, chances are you'll spot several windsurfers maneuvering their boards not far from another large rock that, in silhouette, looks as if it must be the ghost of Admiral Dewey's flagship. Photo courtesy of Mark Brown.
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Northern Spotted Owl3491 viewsAlthough this species is often referred to as a medium-sized owl, it ranks among the largest in North America. The average adult size is about 18 inches tall with a wing span of approximately 48 inches. They weigh between 17-29 ounces. The female is larger than the male.
As a result of declining habitat, there are 560 pairs in northern California. They may live as long as 10 years in the wild and up to 15-20 years in captivity. Northern spotted owls are typically found in old growth forests . Suitable spotted owl habitat includes old-growth forest areas with multi-layered canopies of trees that are high and open enough for the owls to fly between and underneath them. Preferred areas have large trees with broken tops, deformed limbs and large cavities, capable of supporting the owls´┐Ż nesting materials.
They enjoy a variety of prey, including flying squirrels, woodrats, mice and other small rodents. They also eat birds, insects and reptiles. These owls are very territorial and intolerant of habitat disturbance. Even though they do not migrate, they may shift their ranges in response to seasonal changes. Each pair needs a large amount of land for hunting and nesting. The biggest threat to the Northern spotted owl is loss of old growth forest habitat, as a result of logging and forest fragmentation. These threats are made even greater by natural disasters, such as fire, volcanic eruptions and wind storms.
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Benbow Inn3122 viewsJust minutes away from the breathtaking vistas of the Lost Coast and majestic old growth redwood forests along the Avenue of the Giants, the historic Benbow Inn (web site) is the perfect place to find total relaxation. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this world-class Tudor-style inn is known for exquisite fine dining, Old-World ambiance, and provides the perfect setting for a romantic getaway. This historic hotel is located on the banks of the Eel River. The beautiful Benbow Valley is within easy driving distance to the Wine Country, Mendocino County and San Francisco Bay Area.
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Patrick's Point3120 views
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Eel River Swimming Hole3064 views
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Ewoks!3002 viewsFrom the Star Wars series, the redwoods made a great Ewok habitat.
The speeder bike chase scene in Return of the Jedi was filmed in the Six Rivers National Forest. The big battle sequences between the stormtroopers and Ewoks were filmed on private property in Smith River, CA. The area was logged soon after production of the film. The crew stayed at the nearby Ship Ashore Resort Motel which is now a Best Western.
Visit sunnyfortuna.com/explore/ for more information about the redwood trees.
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Patrick's Point 19952981 viewsViggo Andersen most likely had no idea he'd soon make history in America when he left his family's home in Germany following World War I -- but he did just that as the first ranger/caretaker of Patrick's Point State Park north of Trinidad.
The decision to leave his home wasn't an easy one, but ... continued here
photo by Bob von Normann
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Bad Beach2953 views
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Agate Beach2845 viewsArrived at by a steep, 1/3-mile trail, Agate Beach lives up to its name: you'll see many people sifting through the sand for the semiprecious stones.
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Lost Coast2810 viewsNear Cape Mendocino.
Photo by Carrie Grant
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End of the Road2732 viewsHi, tide!
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Redwood Forest Scene2694 viewsIt really does look like that...
More here about the redwood trees. This scan was done in 1998; as soon as we rediscover the original photo we'll rescan it to full screen.
Photo by Bob von Normann
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Star Wars Scene in the Redwoods2640 viewsThe speeder bike chase scene in Return of the Jedi was filmed in the Six Rivers National Forest. The big battle sequences between the stormtroopers and Ewoks were filmed on private property in Smith River, CA. The area was logged soon after production of the film. The crew stayed at the nearby Ship Ashore Resort Motel which is now a Best Western.
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