Trees, really big trees!

We left Oregon behind us and entered California. The drive down US 101 aka The Redwood Highway was just spectacular – the coastline is absolutely stunning. I’ve driven this route many many times before but it looked so much more beautiful this time. Maybe it’s because I’ve never taken the time to observe and appreciate it. This time was truly different.

I’ve stopped at this pullout many times over the years, it’s one of my favorite beaches on the drive up/down US 101. Lily likes it too.
Driftwood and Sea Stacks.
Took a break here and made some lunch.

We arrived at our next destination near Patricks Point. This place is pretty cool – the space I reserved included a deck and fire pit overlooking a little lake. I need to get some firewood!

All setup just in time for dusk/sunset.
Debating on making a fire, or not.
Happy hour begins!
Reflection of the trees on the little lake. Very peaceful.

Avenue of the Giants

The rain came back and haunted us the first full day in the Redwoods. So, we took the drive thru the Avenue of the Giants and it was pretty spectacular. Once the rain paused, we stopped and did a few trails. The air is simply amazing here. The trees are so peaceful and majestic.

The Avenue of the Giants
Founders Grove Trail
Lily loves the Redwoods.
Trees are really fascinating.
Meandering around fallen giants.

Ferndale, CA

I was craving some local coffee so we drove into the quaint victorian town of Ferndale. What a treasure off the beaten path. It was like a town preserved in time. The cemetery was fascinating as it occupied the entire side of a hill. Apparently, the land was sold to the city in the 1800’s because it was unsuitable for farming.

Victorian houses like this line the streets in Ferndale.
I enjoyed a delicious Pumpkin Spice Chai Tea Latte.
I was exploring the town and randomly discovered the cemetery entrance.
Not to be morbid, but this is a stunning cemetery.
This monument sat in a graveyard with head stones dating back to 1888.

Trinidad, CA

Next day, we explored the seaside town of Trinidad and did a hike up and around the lighthouse. It was an amazing sunny day!

This is Trinidad!
The old Trinidad Head Light.
Lily taking in the view of the Trinidad Pier.
Taking a break at the top of the hike.
Trinidad State Beach from the trail.
Had to stop here and get a Coconut Macaroon Latte. Came back later to get a quart of Clam Chowder and Garlic Bread. It was all delicious.
Most homes in Trinidad have this view of the Pacific Ocean.

Lady Bird Johnson Grove

We took a drive north to Orick, CA to check out the famous Lady Bird Johnson Grove of Redwoods. The 2.5 mile drive up Bald Hills Road to the parking area was windy, bumpy, and narrow. The 1.5 mile trail loop went along the crest of the mountain so you get to see the tops of some distant trees. I was surrounded by the most luscious fern foliage and majestic trees. This place is truly special.

The LBJ grove Trail.
Pausing to appreciate the abundance of Coastal Redwood Ferns.
I thought this tree had amazing detail.
The Lady Bird Johnson Grove dedication site.
A seat, to sit and ponder, and listen to the sounds of the forest.

Redwood Creek Beach

After departing Lady Bird Johnson, we made a quick stop at the Redwood Creek Beach because the sun came back out and the beach was just too beautiful.

Trying to get a pic but Lily was busy digging a hole in the sand.

Back at the Airstream, I opened a bottle of Oregon Pinot and settled in for the night. The days in the forest are sunny and warm but the nights are cold and frosty.

Sticking to some Seattle routines like watching World News every night.
The artwork is an original piece by my friend Sharon Hartwell of Brookings, Oregon.

As we get ready to hitch up and hit the road to our next destination, here’s one last look at our pretty awesome camping spot near the Redwoods.

In other news, I’m happy and proud report that I am backing up my Airstream completely manually and nailing it every time. I wasn’t able to get the truck computer to recognize the target sticker so I’m not using the Ford Pro Trailer Backup Assist to get the Airstream into RV spaces. I messed around with it for a while but then said screw it I need to learn how to do this anyway, so, I took on the challenge and learned how to backup a trailer. YouTube helped a lot!!!

Next, we head over the hills and inland to visit friends for Thanksgiving. Along the way we will hit a few wineries and stock up on some old vine favorites.

4 thoughts on “Trees, really big trees!

  1. ChelleChelle November 20, 2021 / 6:11 pm

    First off, I’m loving the little video clips! Helps me really get a feel for what you’re experiencing ☺️ Second.. I TOLD YOU! I knew you’d get the hang of parking that thing! And quickly 😘👍🍷🍷


  2. Darcy November 20, 2021 / 6:12 pm

    I absolutely love all the pics❣️ The fern place was just gorgeous! The coastline is special.


  3. Laura November 21, 2021 / 3:25 am

    Paul, this is absolutely fantastic. I’m so glad you are getting this experience, and very thankful you are sharing it with us.


  4. Sharon and Dorn November 21, 2021 / 10:14 pm

    We and so impressed and a little envious of your travels. Love the original art. You do pick up some interesting souvenirs on road trips. Thanks for sharing. Love from both of us.


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