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