After leaving Monterey we continued north, past San Francisco (so socked in with fog that we couldn’t see the skyline from the Golden Gate Bridge, sadly) and on up into redwood country, where we visited both the Avenue of the Giants in Humboldt Redwoods State Park and, later, Redwood National Park. The Avenue of the Giants is the farther inland of the two areas, and it was interesting to see the contrast between that forest and the more coastal one. Closer to the coast they must get more moisture (largely in the form of fog, I’d guess) because the growth of ferns and shrubs on the forest floor was much more lush and reminiscent of the temperate rainforests of Washington. It was at Redwood National Park that I got my life Varied Thrush. Hurrah!