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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 » California » Crescent City October 1st 2017

blog 10-01-17 Lots of Activities After chores it was about 10:15 am that we got on the road and headed to the Redwood National Forest. We only had to drive south about 4 miles and then we drove into the park which was just a narrow 2 lane road with huge trees on either side. I had to take off my sunglasses because it is very dark in the forest with the huge trees blocking out the sun. The trees are huge, very big around and extremely tall but really hard to show the scale in a picture. We drove to the visitor center, got our Park books stamped then asked about short hikes and some facts about the trees. The girl at the desk was really nice and told us about a walk that was ... read more
klamath river fog starting to lift
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campground flowers

North America » United States » California » Crescent City September 30th 2017

blog 09-30-17 Diamond Lake, OR to Klamath, CA We left Diamond Lake about 9:20 am thanks to our improving routine. We each have our jobs to do setting up and breaking down camp and we get to it and get er done.... The night was cold and the heater ran all the time. I looked out a few times to see if it was snowing during the night but it had cleared so we were lucky. I think Ginnie would have had a heart attack if the ground was white when she got up. We headed south on 230 which is a two lane road through state forest land. The trees were beautiful and the land was very hilly and curvy but we made good time and were in Grants Pass in no time. We drove ... read more
view of the beautiful mountains
stream in the forest
huge stand of western hemlock


Mill Creek Campground: second growth redwood forest. Sad to see but good to know that someday the redwoods here will be old giants one day. Was it so horrible, at the time, for the forests to be cut down? Is it any different than some of the things we do today that our children's children's children will ask, how could we not know the effects of our labor and living would have in their future. As we walked the short Trestle Loop, one could easily see the old giants remains. Their stumps were huge and new trees had used them to grown from. The new ones grew in a circle around the old stumps. Back at our campsite we made a fire and enjoyed the evening falling. It started to rain a bit and due to ... read more
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Day: 28/29 Distance: 10,415 miles After posting yesterday's blog, I trucked on out of Raymond. I'm running really late again since it's already after 4 and I haven't done the bulk of my driving. My plan originally was to end the day at around the Oregon/California border. So much for plans. You do know, it's all you gentle readers' fault. If I wasn't doing this blog I would have all the time in the world. So please, feel the appropriate amount of guilt and then read on. OK, it's not only your fault. I have a terrible habit of pulling over for every cool scene or the largest ball of yarn in world attractions. I keep trying to harden myself to just drive on, but sadly, I can't. MUST GET PICTURE. I think by now I ... read more
Along PCH in Oregon
Along PCH in Oregon
Along PCH in Oregon

North America » United States » California » Crescent City September 29th 2015

Geo: 41.766, -124.217Kamie & I woke-up before 7am to foggy skies, cold weather, and a rather rocking boat. We've had beautiful weather this entire cruise and today it looks like it is going to pour rain any minute. I had just put my contacts this morning on when Kamie was out on the balcony and he yells "whale!" and I go outside and lo and behold… there is the spray again. It wasn't even 7:30am yet! What a great way to start the day. Later in the day, around 2pm, I was again on my way to the balcony and he was on the balcony and he yells “whale!” I grab the camera and we hear our neighbors get up and go look – and then we saw an entire pod – well, at least 5 ... read more
Beautiful marble benches are on every floor
This painting is in the stairwell by our room

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
Tidepool
Tidepool




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