The plan for bnb hiouchi is for its location, my online descriptions and the pricing to filter for visitors who truly truly love the forest, river and coastline. Mostly it works. We’ve been lucky to get more then our share of tree huggers, crunchy granola types and Luddites in search of whispering trees rather than wi-fi. And when we do it’s utter bliss.
Some guests more than others.
Tony and Daniel set the bar to a new height and set a new standard, arriving with their dog-eared copies of The Wild Trees and intent on sleuthing out the Grove of Titans, the Atlas Grove, walking the Lost Coast trail and generally spending as much time in the redwoods as possible. Their five-night stay included zero TV and a scant single soak in the hot tub. No time for frivolity this pair. The father and son from the Midwest were not here to dilly dally. They had tall trees on the brain and a singular intent to tally their titans as accomplishments on this packed trip to the coast.
And while my goal is always to help maximize pleasure and accomplishment, I’m not one to casually give up the secret map to groves of virgin redwoods — not that they needed my help. It’s no secret that clues galore to the titans and other noteworthy and often secret places in the forest are available online to the determined hiker, but only the sharp tacks distill those clues into sightings. And distill this pair did.
Day 1: Nine hours in the field, trail walking, bushwacking, plotting and replotting paths in the forest. But victory was theirs as they nailed the Grove of Titans (including Lost Monarch which I had then failed to find).
Day 2: Batta-bing, it was the renowned Atlas Grove to the south which they found. Bravo I say.
Day 3: They cruised southward and overnighted along the Lost Coast Trail near Ferndale. Non-stop I say.
I saw Tony and Daniel wake up with goals and high hopes and then watched as they dragged themselves back to their room at nightfall. These two truly conquered the forest, made their discoveries, and licked their wounds. Hip hip hooray I say.