We spent a week in Northern California August 2008. The Redwood Forest is an amazing site. It is exciting to be so close to living organisms that old, tall and awe inspiring. The coast provided an abundant wildlife adventure; starfish, anemone, whales, harbor seals, otters, pelican, banana slugs, and California Rednecks were everywhere. We stayed in a rental home in Trinidad California and found out "hot tub" in the brochure was actually the communal hot tub three blocks away behind the Catholic church, fragrantly located two feet from the compost pile.