Before going to see the redwoods of Henry Cowell State Park, I went by Santa Cruz because I wanted to see the famous Beach Boardwalk. I arrived fairly early in the day, so of course the place was completely deserted. It is a bit strange to walk around a fun fair like that when it’s completely empty – you miss the big point of having fun. I could imagine myself coming back with a friend in tow and having a brilliant time there, but for now, all I could do was just taking in what it looked like.

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It was fantastic to have some nice weather again though, at least just for the day. Read about my foggy Big Sur adventure here.

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santa cruz

Notice the giant spider on the roof of the haunted house? I didn’t see it until I looked at it from far away!

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santa cruz

I hadn’t originally thought to go to Henry Cowell, but one of the girls at the hostel in Monterey showed pictures and said I should definitely go, so I followed her advice. And I am so glad I did. I really want to go to the Redwood and the Sequoia National Parks in the future to see the giant  trees, so this was an excellent teaser.

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Even the drive there was all worth it. As soon as you leave from Santa Cruz you are in the forest – beautiful, green forest, two lane road with the yellow middle. There’s something all-American about that kind of black top road with the yellow line in the middle, at least seen with my foreigner’s eyes. It may sound odd, but that little yellow stripe on the road really hit it home for me – I’m road tripping in America! How awesome is this?!

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henry cowell

Anyway, moving on from my weird obsession with yellow stripes on the road.. Redwoods! I walked along a trail about 1,5 mile long, taking my good time. I’ve never seen trees this big, so this was truly an experience for me.

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A lot of the trees had huge holes and cavities in them like these. I think the children bring a nice sense of scale to the table..

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I can’t really fathom how that branch got to bend that way..

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henry cowell

This was, I think, the grand old Maestro of the park. I wasn’t the only one feeling some admiration coming on..! The couple agreed to take a picture of me, you know, just for scale:

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The twisting bark is also sort of fascinating..!

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I can’t quite get into my head how ridiculously large that tree is. It’s family sized!

At the same place as the redwood park there’s this little village-y thing, which I thought was super cute.

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henry cowell

henry cowell

henry cowell

It could never compete with New Englands colours of course, but they still get a little of their own autumn foliage show over here too. All in all, I was so happy that I went here – just goes to show how important it is to not have too many plans when traveling. After I was done at Henry Cowell State Park I drove on north, stopping in Half Moon Bay for lunch before I was finally in San Francisco, which I am also super excited to show and tell about..!

Have you been to Henry Cowell State Park? Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk at night? Share your story below.

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