Back in October 2008 we camped in Burlington Campground in a tiny tent next to a hollowed out redwood big enough for the tent. In July 2014 we stayed again in this most magical place but it was crowded and to get a spot for one night we had to be at the ranger station early in the morning and repeat the process each morning. Today we arrived early afternoon and had a choice of several sites. We settled on the quite spacious #53 and set up for a two night stay. Chatted with a couple of neighbors then eventually got around to walking over to the visitors center. We watched a contemporaneous documentary about the devastating Christmas 1964 Flood, learned about Charles Kellogg and his Travel Log, a camper crafted from a single redwood log, got the scoop on several places to visit in the area, and purchased a Sequoia seedling to take back and raise in WNC. At dinner time we headed south looking forward to a meal at the Chimney Tree Grill but they are closed on Wednesdays in the Fall. We ended up at the Avenue Cafe a couple of towns away on The Avenue of the Giants. 

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