National Geographic : 1966 May
battlements of rock fringed with offshore spires-a land alternately drenched in mist and golden sunshine. The names of some of the counties border ing the coast are almost poetry in themselves -Sonoma, Marin, Del Norte, Mendocino. Often the northern coast is a bright and tranquil realm, garlanded with flights of gulls on a steady northwest breeze. Occasionally, however, storm winds come up out of the southwest, building great waves before them. Then there is thunder all along the coast, and the offshore spires are besieged by spray. Other sections of the California coast have the booming surf and tall headlands, yet none has the majesty of the coast redwoods. The immense stands and groves of Sequoia sem pervirens extend in a scattered chain beside the Pacific from the Muir Woods National Monument area, near lonely Point Reyes, to just beyond the Oregon line. Cathedral of Timeless Giants From Crescent City south, I followed the coastal route that runs like a great nave be tween cathedral ranks of dark spires. Some of the most famous redwood groves take the names of those who fought relent lessly to preserve them-Rockefeller Forest in Humboldt Redwoods State Park, Williams 677 EKTACHROME(BELOW) AND KODACHROMESRYJAMFS P. RI AIR n? NA.G .