Dave Nelson

Nelsonadventures

Dave Nelson

I am retired and living in St George, Utah. Now I just hike, Golf and travel with my wife and best friend Joanne.




More catching up. We are now near June Lake, we departed from Petaluma yesterday. Our last two days in Petaluma we explored Point Reyes Sea Shore, drove to the top of Mount Tam, eat seafood in Sausalito. Today from here near June Lake we spent the day in the great ghost town of Bodie. Tomorrow we are heading home completing our West Coast Trip. See you on the next trip.... read more
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North America » United States » California » Petaluma June 25th 2019

Well I have catching up to do. A few days since my last entry. Since then we had another day in the redwoods, which included driving the truck through a redwood tree. Our last day in Lincoln City we explored along the coast south of Lincoln City. More beautiful giants and some hiking along the coast. We did take in some tourist type things. We did a drive through a redwood tree and took pictures with Paul Bunyan and Babe. We couldn’t resist. Sunday we drove the beautiful coast to Petaluma and are set up here for a few days. Yesterday we did some wine tasting in Sonoma and Napa valley. Tasted some great wines and had lunch at The Sattui winery. Joanne and I use to visit this winery often when we lived in San ... read more
One of the great giants
A great sign


We are now in Crescent City, California. The home of the giants, Coastal Redwood Trees. The trees here are absolutely magnificent and almost a spiritual experience for me. These trees are around 300 feet tall and over 20 ft in diameter. When you walk among these giants you feel small and very insignificant. Whispering seems to be the norm. When I walk among these giants the feeling I get is probably what a religious person feels when they entire a magnificent cathedral. Today more exploring more of the redwoods.... read more
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North America » United States » Oregon » Lincoln City June 20th 2019

Today was another one of our rest days. These days have become a day when Joanne gets to relax at the trailer and the rest of us go hiking in the area. This works great for everybody. Our hike today was to the Devils Thumb. About 5 miles round trip with 500 ft of elevation gain. Some great views with very few people. Tomorrow we drive to Cresent City and the California Redwoods.... read more
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North America » United States » Oregon » Lincoln City June 18th 2019

Well today was another great day of exploring and good weather. The temperatures have been in the 60s along the cost and warming up to 80s inland. Rather cool by our St George standards, but we aren’t complaining. Our first stop today was the Tillamook Creamer. We took the self guided tour which surprisingly was very well done and informative. After the tour we bought lots of cheese not like you can’t get the same stuff at any grocery store. So we came back to the trailer with more stuff we can’t get into the refrigerator. After Tillamook we started on the Three Capes Scenic tour. Our first stop was the Cape Meares and the Cape Mears light house. We did a little hiking and toured the light house. It is the shortest light house on ... read more
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North America » United States » Oregon » McMinnville June 18th 2019

Hi All, We are now in Lincoln City Oregon. Close to the coast in a small KOA campground. Yesterday we spent the day in McMinnville about 50 miles from Lincoln City. We spent most of the day at the Evergreen Aviation Museum, the home of the Spruce Goose. Story of the Goose is amazing. Built by Howard Hughes as a transport aircraft for the government towards the end of WW II. Total flight distance ever flow was about 1 mile and 70 ft above the water. Cost was about $25M, about 7 of that was Howard Hughes own money. A real expensive 1 mile flight. Besides the Goose the museum has a great collection of aircraft and space vehicles. There was an SR-71 and several high altitude drones from the 70’s used for doing surveillance over ... read more
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North America » United States » Washington » Oak Harbor June 17th 2019

Yesterday was our last day at whidbey. We took a short trip to Deception State Park to do some hiking. It’s a great park with several trails winding along the coast. Great views. Pictures speak for them selves. Whidbey Naval Air Station was a joy to visit. The RV Park was one of the best we have ever used. Right on the water and very clean and well kept. It was an experience being around this part of the Navy again. Whidbey now has several P3 squadron and a few new P8 squadrons. It also has some EP3’s and the new F/A 18 Growler. We flew in here a lot back in the 60’s and 70’s to pick up torpedoes and do practice mining runs. At that time it was a small outpost and was the ... read more

North America » United States » Washington » Oak Harbor June 16th 2019

Hi All. Yesterday we ventured to the Hoh Rain Forest in Olympic National Park. It took another ferry from Couteville to Port Townsend and then 135 mile drive to the Hoh visitor center. It took about 3 1/2 hours for the drive each way. Driving is very slow in this part of Washington with the two lane roads and lots of road construction. We did have two hours of hiking around in the area before heading back to the Port Townsend ferry. The Hoh Rain Forest is one of the wettest places in the continental US. It receives nearly 12 FEET of rain a year. We get that much in St George every 20 years. The area is absolutely beautiful. After taking the ferry back to Couteville we found a great little neighborhood sea food restaurant. ... read more
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North America » United States » Washington » Oak Harbor June 13th 2019

Hi All, We are on another supposedly rest day today. I have been slack the last two days with My blog and pictures. So I will catch up now. Tuesday we took the ferry from Anacortes to Friday Harbor. Joanne’s old high school friend met us at the ferry and arranged for a tour of the island on the Jolly Trolley. A great way to see the island. We made extended stops at Roche Harbor and the Lime kiln light house. The island is beautiful and well worth the visit. We planned on spending more time and having dinner in Friday Harbor, but they cancelled the 7:45 ferry so we had to leave early to try to eat in Oak Harbor. With all this sea food around we could only find a McDonalds that was open. ... read more
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North America » United States » Washington » Oak Harbor June 11th 2019

Yesterday we took sort of a day off. Checked out the base, drove to the sea plane base Navy Exchange, bought groceries at Safeway, eat lunch at a great sea food restaurant, visited a small light light house, watch the air show of F/A 18 Growlers over our campsite, played some Horse Shoes, and watched a whale at sunset behind our campsite. A great rest day. Today we are headed to Friday Harbor and not a rest day. More tomorrow.... read more
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