Our latest home sweet home

  • Tom next to one of the big redwoods in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, our latest home sweet home.

We have arrived at our new “home” for the next three months. We will be volunteering at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park in northern California. It has the largest remaining expanse of ancient redwoods in the world, a canyon with walls of fern, a pristine wild beach and herds of elk.

We are beginning to explore the 75 miles of trails and to learn about the park’s flora and fauna. In addition to the elk, there are black bears, mountain lions, bobcats and black-tailed deer. I am happy to report I have only seen the deer and elk, which graze on the prairie outside our window.

With more than 70 inches of rain and wind this winter, there are an unusual number of massive trees down. One registered 2.0 on the Richter scale at a nearby cabin and damaged the road on the scenic bypass, off of U.S. 101. Crews are working to repair the road this week, and hope to have all the trails cleared by the end of the month.

Earlier this week, we took The Epic Van down the bumpy road to Gold Bluffs Beach, an amazing wild stretch of the Pacific Ocean, white with foam, just like in the song. Epic even got to do some stream fording along the beach road.

Anyone planning to be in our area should stop in for a visit and a walk among the oldest living things on the planet, the trees, not me and Tom.


  1. Reply
    Jim Johnson March 3, 2017

    That’s a great gig. Does that mean you are a campground host?

    • Reply
      Judy Nichols March 4, 2017

      We’ll be working in the Visitor Center.

  2. Reply
    Gretchen Stadler March 4, 2017

    You are in my old stomping grounds. Barbara and I lived in Humboldt County 20+ years and love Prairie Creek, especially Fern Canyon. You will have a wonderful time!

    • Reply
      Judy Nichols March 4, 2017

      We’re thrilled to be here. It’s a special place.

  3. Reply
    Meredith Stewart March 4, 2017

    They are lucky to have you! What a wonderful experience. I could almost smell the moss and greenery and moisture in your fabulous pictures! Have a ball!

    • Reply
      Judy Nichols March 4, 2017

      Thanks, Mer.

  4. Reply
    Janie Allen March 5, 2017

    Expansive opportunity to be in such a wonderful place. Looking forward to additional images!

    • Reply
      Judy Nichols March 5, 2017

      Yes, we’re excited. I’ll be taking pictures often and will share.

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