California

On the Road Again

We had such an amazing time at Redwood National and State Parks!  It is awe inspiring, to say the least, to stand among the tallest trees in the world.  We wish we had more time to spend there, but a year isn’t as long as it seems. We just don’t have enough time to stay in all the places we’d like to linger or even enough time to visit all of the places and things we’d like to see.

Yesterday afternoon we began our journey towards Yosemite. We made a brief stop in the Six Rivers National Forest before heading on to the Shasta Trinity National Forest. Both forests were lovely. The drive, up and down mountains on twisty-turny roads, was a bit stressful and took a toll on our brakes.  Pulling a travel trailer makes traveling a whole different experience! We are staying near Shasta Lake for a day or two before moving on to Sacramento.

Six Rivers National Forest

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George found a centipede

Shasta Trinity National Forest

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Trinity River and a beautiful rainbow after a brief shower in Shasta Trinity National Forest

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Redwood, Some REALLY Tall Trees

We have spent two chilly, wet, fabulous days in the Redwood Forest.  Redwood National and State Parks are amazing! Amazing! I am incapable of capturing the grandness, height, and beauty in my words or pictures. If you have never been to the Redwoods, you really should see these awesome trees for yourself.

“The redwoods, once seen, leave a mark or create a vision that stays with you always. No one has ever successfully painted or photographed a redwood tree. The feeling they produce is not transferable. From them comes silence and awe. It’s not only their unbelievable stature, nor the color which seems to shift and vary under your eyes, no, they are not like any trees we know, they are ambassadors from another time.” -John Steinbeck, Travels With Charley: In Search of America

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It is a tree lovers paradise. And even if you are not the tree hugger type, this just might make a lover out of you.

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Monday my husband wanted to hike Fern Canyon in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. The 8 mile drive to the canyon was fantastic with tall moss covered trees and ferns all along the road. Towards the end of the drive the ocean comes into view. Just lovely!

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Unfortnately, I was having an IBD day and the bumpy ride was not helpful. I rested in the car while my family hiked. My husband said that it was one the most beautiful places he has ever visited. He brought back these pictures from Fern Canyon.

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I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes.  -e.e. cummings

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Heading South

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We have spent the past two days heading south. Late Saturday morning we left Newport and headed down the Oregon coast. Highway 101 is a beautifully scenic drive. The picturesque views of the ocean are excellent. There are numerous state parks all along the coast. They are lovely and right on the ocean providing terrific views of the Pacific, hiking, and camping. Well done, Oregon! Well done!

 

 

 

 

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We stopped at Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area along the way.

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We visited the Coquille River Lighthouse and spent some time at Bullards Beach.

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Saturday night camped at the lovely Bullards Beach State Park. The campsites were spacious and afforded a rare amount of privacy. The beach was only a short walk away.

 

Unlike yesterday’s beautiful sunshine, today was rather blustery. It was rainy, dreary, and gray. And though I was missing the sun, I must say that the mist and fog added to the charms of Oregon and California’s rugged coastlines.

 

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We are staying along the Klamath River tonight.

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Tomorrow I will write about our Redwood Forest adventures. BIG TREES = BIG ADVENTURE

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