That one time we went hiking in the redwoods and saw tons of animals!

RW01Two weekends ago, Hairy, Manda, Renee and I drove north to the redwoods to go hiking. The neat thing about hiking on the California coast is that you can see big tall redwood trees and also go to the ocean.

I uploaded a video/vlog to my YouTube channel, which you can check out here:


Most of Saturday was spent driving up there, so we ended up just checking out the ocean before dinner.

I saw this log on the beach and had to Costanza on it.

RW06Then I insisted that Renee and Manda pose saucily on the same log.

RW07RW08You will not ever be catching Hairy posing on any log, but we did ask him to take photos of the 3 of us, just being… us.


Anyway, after wandering around the beach and watching the waves and the tide come in, we started to drive back to 0ur hotel, and found some neat wildlife on the way! We pulled over to check out this herd of elk chillin’ in a meadow.

RW03RW04We would also later have a very close encounter with a big ol’ daddy elk near the beach, and he was just munchin’ away on some grass and didn’t seem to mind us very much at all. RW19

We decided to drive away from the elk meadow when we discovered we were under heavy banana slug attack (you have to watch the YouTube video if you want to see the banana slug tshirt that Renee made me buy).

RW05The next day, we had a big ol’ breakfast and then went on a short hike and then a long hike.

RW02RW11RW12RW13In one of the groves, we saw an old “save the trees” photo with a bunch of serious people holding hands around a tree, so we attempted to re-create this ourselves.

RW14RW15RW16RW17Pretty much what you’re learning here is that the trees need to be saved FROM US.

Our second hike involved a waterfall, and I don’t think I got very many photos of it, just video, but here are Manda and Hairy looking very adventurous.

RW18After this hike, we drove to a different beach, where we saw two sea lions pretty close to the shore, ducking in and out of the water. It was really cute! I unfortunately could never time my video correctly to catch one for you guys!

RW20RW21There are some other hiking stories that I talk about in my video that I didn’t get photos of to post here, like the other animal encounter we had, and why we eat kipper snacks on long hikes!

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14 Replies to “That one time we went hiking in the redwoods and saw tons of animals!”

  1. Cara says:

    Oh man that looks like so much fun. I would have flipped out if I’d seen elk, let along so close!

    1. TwinkieChan says:

      IT was very majestic! There were babies resting in the center of their circle, and then some of the males would knock their horns together on the outskirts. So much nature!

  2. Angela Nelson says:

    You guys look like you had so much fun. I would have loved to see all the furry critters, but I would have run screaming from the banana slugs! Eeeeeeeeeewwwww.

    1. TwinkieChan says:

      Yeah the banana slugs were really creepy, but so fascinating at the same time!

  3. Sarah Day says:

    That looks so fun and makes me really homesick

    1. TwinkieChan says:

      I would imagine that there is beautiful hiking in Canadia as well, no?

  4. yvonne says:

    I love seeing your video adventures! It’s so cool that just a few hours away and you’re really out in the wilderness! Glad the adventure turned out good and that the critters kept their distance! I think maybe a crocheted banana slug is in order πŸ™‚

    1. TwinkieChan says:

      I was thinking that, too!!!! What do you think about a crocheted banana slug scarf!??! Too gross??!?!?

      1. yvonne says:

        Maybe a banana slug hair clip or pin to commemorate your special adventure? I think a scarf may be a bit icky too! I grew up in the bay area and banana slugs are great decomposers but really weird at the same time! When my kids went to outdoor ed, they had the option of kissing a banana slug while at the camp… thanks, they chose not to. Grody to the max!

        1. TwinkieChan says:

          There are already some little banana slug guys out there, so I figured if I added another one to the world, it wouldn’t be as exciting as a big disgusting scarf heheeh! πŸ˜› Yeah…. I would definitely not choose to kiss a banana slug!!!!

  5. Fiona says:

    I also vote for a crocheted banana slug!! Your video was awesome and I’m glad the bear decided the kippers weren’t delicious enough to attack πŸ˜›

  6. jaymipop says:

    Just watched the video with my daughters, and the 3-year old said, “I like the girl with the pink hair, what is her name?” I told her, she smiled and said, “Pinkie Tan. I like her!”

    It was sooooo cute!

  7. jaymipop says:

    I just looked over and now, she is watching all of your youtube videos on her iPad…she had her big sister look you up! Haha. πŸ™‚

    1. TwinkieChan says:

      Oh my gosh that is so super cute!! Awwwww!!!!

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