July 18, 1969: There’s a State Park Nearby

Packed everything down the hill and were ready to go by 9:15! Drove north to Richardson Grove State Park in the redwoods and set up in Oak Flats. The kids swam in the river. Tim had a narrow escape on a cliff.

Marge Binder, July 18, 1969

I checked with Maw recently about Tim’s “narrow escape.” She laughed and assured me that “that happened all the time.” Tomorrow we delve deeper into that topic.

Learn more about this place and WikiCommons here.

Mom made full advantage of state parks along the way, opting for their modicum of luxury for a discounted fee or even none at all.

Richardson Grove looks to be an idyllic example with all of the right ingredients: rugged terrain, a swimmable river, robust flora and fauna (a stray dog tried to bite Mike), all set amidst the mighty redwoods.

Did you know there are now over 8,500 state parks in the country? Here’s a recent article all about state parks from The New York Times.

Ever think of becoming a park ranger? (I think you know who I’m talking about.) Here’s a good site to get started.

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