And in fact, a kid-friendly hike in the redwoods is just the thing to break up back-to-back beach days. The change of pace is refreshing, and some time out of the sun is good for this fair-skinned mama.
It is difficult to get super-sharp phone photos without a tripod when under the redwood canopy. Besides the temperature being 10-20 degrees lower, which is a great relief mid-summer, it's also much dimmer, and I usually have a wiggly one in arms or grabbing at my skirt. ;)
But I include these anyway so you can see some of the most common plants that live alongside the redwoods here and how otherworldly this unique ecosystem can be. It's like nothing else!
The ground is always and everywhere covered in redwood sorrel. Miner's lettuce, wild ginger, and sword ferns pop up here and there as well.
Just then the sorrel flowers were coming in season, so blooms were peeking out amid the leaves.
No matter how many times we visit the redwoods, their size is always striking.
They grow alongside several other tree varieties, like spruces, firs, and laurels, but they always steal the show!
I found a few pinecones to paint back at the house.
The one on the far left is the redwood cone: so tiny! On the right is the Douglass-Fir (which is actually not a fir at all, so I learned). The pamphlet we picked up at the park mentioned that the distinctive extended bracts look like little mice bottoms scurrying into the cone. I will never look at one of those cones the same way again!