Like the redwoods, the elk’s numbers over the past hundred-plus years have dwindled. Sadly but no surprise, it was the hand of man and the wheels of progress that conspired against both species. But the elk bounced back, their numbers increasing from a low of 25 in California (in 1925, according to the National Park Service) to present day numbers in excess of 1,000. A great leap forward but still not huge; which is why their presence invariably draws a crowd.
Meg and I spotted this herd of about 25 on the beach midway between Crescent City and Eureka yesterday, and along with a dozen or so other cars, stopped to look and take a few snaps.
If you are driving north to the bnb from San Francisco, start to look for elk about half an hour north of Eureka. The town of Orrick and various nearby lagoons and open fields are where they roam. Keep it slow as the most significant threat to their well-being today is being hit by a car.
Then, as in the presence of the redwoods, have a good long look and feel yourself back in an earlier time.