Blogs from Crescent City, California, United States, North America


North America » United States » California » Crescent City September 8th 2014

We woke up to another chilly, overcast and slightly foggy day again. I'm not sure what happened to summer but I sure hope it returns soon. Although our drive had to begin with the top up again, it's still fun driving the Miata on all of the narrow, winding roads around here. At North Bend we turned off of Hwy. 101 at Virginia Avenue and followed the signs towards Ocean Beaches. The Cape Arago Highway (Hwy. 540) begins here and runs along the bay, past Charleston and out the peninsula. After driving about ten miles we found the road closed! We turned into a state park campground there and the girl at the gate told us she heard that if you drove around the barricades you could make it all the way out to Simpson Reef ... read more
Cape Blanco
Griffs on the dock
Hidden beach on the Oregon Coast

I had planned to make Crescent City a hub for a day or so. As it turned out I had little choice because on Thursday (May 8) it rained and blew hard all day. There were a couple of reprieves from the rain and I got out a bit, but it was basically an inside day. Still, I have one event to write about and a few images to show. I went for drive north of Crescent City looking for an access point to the shoreline called Pelican Beach. It was prominently noted on the map I had, but I couldn’t find a sign telling me where to turn. It was about lunchtime so I turned off highway 101 into Smith River to see what I could find. Smith River is another ‘almost surviving’ town. There ... read more
Shore Trees-2

I planned on reaching the California coast today and that should take six hours, which is less than travel times for a day so far. I decided I would take my time and see things on the way. Besides staying in a noisy motel last night, I also woke up in the middle of the night feeling awful - tender tummy and a roaring headache. I think it was something I ate during the day. The result was that I didn’t get much sleep. I wanted to sleep in, but the rest of the residents at the motel, who were mostly tradesmen and travellers, were up bright and early to get to work. Many drove large, noisy trucks so I was left no choice but to get up and get underway. To help me start the ... read more
Bea's Trailer Park Cuisine
Chart Room Restaurant-Crescent City

FINALLY…we had a low tide this morning!! All three of us were up before 6:00am to inspect the seashore (thank goodness, the shore was just outside our hotel door) Lo and behold, the tidepools revealed themselves!! Not quite as colorful as the tidepool at the Ocean World Aquarium, but lovely nevertheless. Today, we finish our Redwood adventure, going south of Crescent City. First on our list was the historic Lady Bird Johnson Grove Trail. This walk winds through upland stands of ancient redwoods, douglas fir, and tanoak to the site where the First Lady, Mrs. Johnson, stood to dedicate the Redwood National Park in 1968. This area is known for its foliage in amongst the redwoods. In the spring, rhododendrons and azaleas abound. Next, we drove along the Newt... read more
Battery Point Lighthouse

Around Crescent City there are 4 Redwood Parks. Today we explored the one east of town; Jedediah State Park is home of the famous Stout Grove and Howland Hill Road. Howland Hill Road is unpaved and offered us an intimate encounter with the towering old growth redwoods from the comfort of our car. It is a winding narrow one lane road used for 2-way traffic. The maximum speed is 25 mph, but our maximum was below 10 mph. Redwoods are the tallest trees in the world and can be more than 2,000 years old. They require a lot of moisture and get at least half from the abundant fog on the coast. Besides driving through the park, we also walked on the Nickerson and Stout Grove Trail. These trails meandered among colossal redwoods, revealing their full ... read more
Howland Hill Road
Really, really, really BIG TREES!
Sharing the Wonders of the Forest

A big shout out to my grandson, Calen Richards who turned 12 today. Love and miss you buddy. The day started off up at the Battery Point Lighthouse. What a great view of the Pacific Ocean. Next it was up to the Tram at the top of the Trees. It was quite a hike up to the tram, 1/2 mile up a winding trail, but the tram ride to the top was well worth the trek. We could see across the vast Redwood National Park and the amazing TALL trees. The temperature dropped dramatically and we all about froze, but we survived. We headed down the coast and found a 10 mile drive that took us on an amazing drive right along the cliffs of the coast. Tomorrow we are heading to Coos Bay, Oregon. Bye ... read more
Big Tree facts
Big Tree
Coastal Waters from above

Today we an easy drive up Hwy 101 to Crescent City. We arrived early afternoon to a wonderful camp site among the redwoods. It has been raining or an on all day, but forecast is for clear skies tomorrow. We plan to spend two night here and visit Redwood National Park tomorrow.... read more
Finally the ocean
Misty drive
Misty mountains

North America » United States » California » Crescent City October 6th 2012

THE BASICS We moved rather slowly for a week or so through southern Oregon, and have finally arrived in California, our "last" state for this segment of our trip. Now we are looking for a place to store the two vehicles for a few months so we can fly home in two or three weeks. THE FLUFF We really liked Oregon very much. I especially liked that there were so many book stores with good selections of used books, and coffee shops everywhere. But overwhelmingly the scenery was the best, and we had an abundance of sunny, warm weather, which we know is not always the case out here (75 days without any rainfall is a bit of a stretch in Grants Pass). We spent a few days near Eugene, hanging loose. We sat in the ... read more

North America » United States » California » Crescent City September 27th 2012

Here are the pictures. The internet at the last motel didn't work. read more

North America » United States » California » Crescent City August 19th 2012

Wednesday 15 August We left at 8.30 am and started the long drive from Tacoma to Newport which took about 5 and a half hours. We passed by Olympia, the Capitol of the State. Unbeknownst to us, there was some old guy shooting at freeway traffic but we missed him - or he missed us. We crossed a bridge to Portland, which was also the border to Oregon. Tim said that everyone moves real slow in Oregon and then we promptly hit heavy traffic. We moved real slow. It was a long, long drive to Newport past lots of dense woods and passing a good few logging trucks. I was excited to see a covered bridge just like the one Geena Davis died on in Beetlejuice. We checked in at the Econolodge which Stacey had booked ... read more
Sealion at Newport
Foggy Oregon Coast
Seagull and cat at Crescent City

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