Photographer Dave Van De Mark searches for a spot he photographed more than half a century ago in Redwood National Park
Fifty-three years to the day(!), five of us headed out on the lower Redwood Creek Trail in search of the location of a corral, easily visible in a photo I took on August 27, 1967. It has been on my mind for several years now because it would help me tie down exactly where I was standing when taking the photo.
A tight cluster of three young trees can be seen rising up in the distance and just behind some fencing that was part of a corral. Also, a small “grove” of redwoods, with one tree very flat topped, can be seen behind the four left-most backpackers. I am still trying to document where all of us had been but that is not part of the corral story.
In this area of Redwood Creek, there were homestead buildings and cattle grazing, at least up to the 1964 December storm. In 1967, the road the backpackers are on was being used by Arcata Redwood (and possibly Georgia-Pacific) to move out logs. I never got much help in my initial efforts to locate where the corral was. But on a hike I took mid-August 2020, I stumbled upon a view of three trees that struck me as very similar to the trees I saw in 1967. The response from others was basically, “Naaawwww!”
On and on it went.
“OK”, I said. “There still has to be other clues as to where the corral was located.” However, I just had to find out if those trees were still around.
…Those 3 trees again, now viewed further away and showing more surroundings.