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North America » United States » California » Crescent City August 27th 2010

August 18-19, 2010: We knew we were heading to see the Giant Redwoods, but we didn't know what lurked in the bogs along the Smith River before we got there: Pitcher plants! That's right, carnivorous plants which grow in nutrient-poor, serpentine (the rock, that is) bogs where almost nothing else will grow. The pitcher plants hold water containing microbes, which eat the insects which get trapped, and the plants can then absorb the released nutients, especially the nitrates, which aren't available in the soil. The pitcher plants, also called cobra plants—can you see why?--have upper hoods with transparent sections which allow light in, a kind of sunroof arrangement, toward which the insects fly to escape, but they can't get out and evenutally succumb to the liquid lake below. Oh dear, save me from pitcher plants! I ... read more
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Drove back across the mountains to Crescent City today. WOW...we stopped at the Collier rest area at the edge of the Redwoods state park. The road down the mountain was really narrow...more white-knuckle driving...at about 20-30 mph...which was nasty for a while, but then we got in the redwoods...WOW!!!!! AMAZING!!! They are so huge...there were autos parked in front of some of them at the side of the road, and the tree trunks were at least twice as wide as some of the pickups!!! Then we dropped down to Crescent City, CA. Yeah!!! Finally made it to Cali!! We had checked out an RV park right on the bay, and they had room, so we stayed for $30. We're in an ocean-front lot, and have really enjoyed it...Shoreline RV Park...I highly recommend it!! We unhooked the ... read more
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(I have decided to write a blog for this trip after all...I thought the photos would be interesting for those of you who haven't been to the American West...As always, just ignore the messages about this trip if you're not interested....) We are driving from our home to California, Arizona, Utah, Montana, and home again. Day One LaConner, Washington to Lincoln City, Oregon We left home on a cool, cloudy morning, with daffodils blooming everywhere and the famous tulips beginning to show color (LaConner has a Tulip Festival in April every year.) We had a quick stop to see my son Luke at work on the way down interstate 5 to Olympia, where we turned off for the coast. On the way, we passed through cities, towns, forests, clear cuts, and farms, arriving at the ... read more
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North America » United States » California » Crescent City November 9th 2009

4,985 miles Day 64 Our last few days in Oregon were quite dramatic. A storm in the Pacific brought enormous waves to the coast line. The largest were 30-35 feet and when they crashed against the rocky shore giant plumes of spray shot up in the air. There were warnings on the local news stations about staying off break walls and jetties, so we headed out several times to watch the action from a safe distance. We took some pictures but it really is hard to capture the energy and power of the ocean. On the 7th we left Oregon and headed down the coast to California. Highway 101 is marked by mile markers like A1A is marked in the Florida Keys. Mile mark 270 to the California border at mile 363 is one beautiful ocean ... read more
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July 25th Redwoods National and State Parks We wook up to a cool morning with the fog having set in. Apparently that is normal for this area. The damp foggy area helps keep the redwoods moist and safer from fire. We started heading south and stopped at the visitor's center to get some info. This park is a little different-no actual entrances or need to pay at the gate. The park runs down the coast. It combines the Redwood National Park and several stae parks together. The ranger was very helpful in telling us where to go and where we couldn't go with the RV. We followed 101 sounth thru some great groves of trees. They are everywhere on the sides of the road. The road varies between 2 lane and 4 lane,sometimes on the coast ... read more
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July 25th Redwoods National and State Parks We wook up to a cool morning with the fog having set in. Apparently that is normal for this area. The damp foggy area helps keep the redwoods moist and safer from fire. We started heading south and stopped at the visitor's center to get some info. This park is a little different-no actual entrances or need to pay at the gate. The park runs down the coast. It combines the Redwood National Park and several stae parks together. The ranger was very helpful in telling us where to go and where we couldn't go with the RV. We followed 101 sounth thru some great groves of trees. They are everywhere on the sides of the road. The road varies between 2 lane and 4 lane,sometimes on the coast ... read more


today i cruised out of sf and into the redwoods! i drove up the 101 to orick to camp on the beach. along the way i stopped at the drive thru tree and drove through the avenue of the giants, it was crazy. i have never seen trees so big before. i had a little picnic in the woods then headed back on the road to gold bluffs beach. i saw some elk grazing in the fields right before i entered the campsite, they were huge as well. i built a tent for the first time in about 5 years, i wish someone was there to see me struggle and fight with the wind and the poles, it would have been quite entertaining had it not been me. after i set up camp i went for ... read more
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North America » United States » California » Crescent City October 18th 2008

Friday, October 17, 2008 As we were driving into Eureka last night, we could see quite a fog had rolled in. This morning, even though reports said the fog would lift, it didn’t. We were quite disappointed not to see more of the ocean. However, this was to be a big tree day, and that meant not worrying too much about the fog. It was clear, sunny and warm where the redwoods were, so that’s where we went. As we were walking among the giants in the Lady Bird Johnson Grove of Redwood National Park, we were reminded of several times on Vancouver Island when we drove the considerable distance on rough teeth-jarring logging roads for several hours, then hiked for some considerable distance, usually in the pouring rain, just to see the big trees in ... read more
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Giant Redwood

North America » United States » California » Crescent City October 6th 2008

Wow, I have officially decided that I need to update the blog more often then I currently am. We have been seeing so many places and things it has been hard to take the time to write. We finally invested in a plug for the car so you should be hearing from us more often. To check out the pictures go to the website below and log on to snapfish. You may have to copy and paste it. http://www1.snapfish.com/share/p=479111221151502693/l=428821215/g=3844306/otsc=SYE/otsi=SALB Boulder, CO- We were only in Boulder a short amount of time because we plan on going back after the baby is born. Brian (Joe’s brother) and Gretchen (his wife) are due mid October and we will be back mid November. They are waiting to find out the gender of the baby so that is going to ... read more

North America » United States » California » Crescent City October 1st 2008

The world's tallest trees, rugged Pacific coastline and scenic rivers combine to make Del norte County one of the nation's most enchanting areas. We travelled through one of the Redwoods State Parks and you can not see in the photos how enormous these trees are until you are up nice and close they just go on and on for ever when you look up into the sky. We took the Newton B Drury Scenic Pk hwy and then back onto the 101 stopped in at Elk Meadows tuned into the radio station which talked about the Elk but didn't tell you if there was any, sounded like there was a good chance we might see some, pulled in and guess what, no bloody Elk. The travelling on the Redwood Hwy 101 was pretty good and you ... read more
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