09.18.15 San Francisco Part 2 – San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and Lombard Street

Friday, September 18, 2015 – Wanting to see more of San Francisco we packed a picnic lunch on Thursday and headed back to the city by the Bay! Our drive first took us over the San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge. A beautiful structure that goes through Treasure Island in the Bay. Very cool!  There were over a dozen lanes at the toll booth getting on the  bridge and the traffic was backed up in each lane.  The drive was worth the wait and the expense.  Truly breathtaking views all around!

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I would describe Lombard St. as the world’s craziest street.  It is a zig zag cobblestone street with beautiful flowers and homes.  The outside of the homes are nice but the courtyards right inside their front gate is what is beautiful. The picture below (from the internet) shows all of the zig zag part of Lombard street from an angle I could not get.

lombard-stWe walked up the hundreds of steps that run along next to Lombard Street to the top and took some pictures from our walk up and from the top.  I can’t imagine living on this street with all the tourist traffic there all day.

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Even though it is easy to get directionally confused there, Roy found our way back to Boots, our truck!  The streets are on such a steep incline that walking up and down the sidewalks and especially crossing the street is quite a challenge.  Drunk people could not do well here!!

sfs2 (Medium)sfs1 (Medium)From Lombard Street we drove through more of the city enjoying all of it. There are so many people living in San Francisco that lots of houses are three stories and join each other.  I love the architecture here how well taken care of the homes are.  I could never live here though with the crazy steep streets!

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I’m going to stop here for today before I tell you about Golden Gate Park and Bridge.  Too many pictures and not enough space in one blog!!!

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09.18.15 Napa Valley wine country

Friday, September 18, 2015 – On Tuesday we followed up our Jelly Belly Jelly wpid-20150915_134158.jpgBean and In-N-Out Burger adventure with a trip to the Napa Valley.

After doing a lot of research and getting input from friends about wineries in this area we chose to go to Mumm Napa winery for a tour and tastings.  Most if not all of the wineries use to offer free tours and tastings.  Now, few have tours and all charge for tastings.   That’s why we reduced the number of wineries to visit from three to one!

Mumm Napa is located on the Silverado Trail which is one of two highways running through the Napa Valley.  We saw many wineries and vineyards as we drove up the Trail to the vineyard.  Beautiful fields of grape vines lined the highway both coming to Mumm Valley on the Silverado Trail and going home down Highway 29.

wpid-20150915_134457.jpgI am very thankful we got to go see this beautiful area which exists because of the perfect climate there to grow grapes. Defined by mountain ranges and influenced by its proximity to the Pacific Ocean, the Napa Valley enjoys a dry Mediterranean climate perfectly suited to the growing of fine wine grapes. Only 2% of the earth’s surface is covered by a Mediterranean climate.  The long growing season is marked by sunny, warm and dry days followed by cool evenings, an ideal combination for allowing grapes to ripen slowly and evenly.  Configuration of hills, exposure and elevation all work to create distinct growing conditions within the Napa Valley.

Mumm Napa is a beautiful facility with indoor and outdoor wine tasting areas.  It also has an art exhibit area which we enjoyed while waiting for the tour to start.  Our tour guide was quite knowledgeable and share a lot with us about the history of Mumm Napa and the process they go through to create their sparkling wines.

We tasted four of their sparkling wines throughout the tour and were given a wine flute to enjoy it in and to take home.  It was a good thing we filled up at In-N-Out Burger since four flutes of wine in an hour was way more than we’re use to having!  I won’t begin to try to explain the process as we learned it but will share with you these pictures taken throughout the day.

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The resort we are staying at is on a peninsula between two bays which makes for a beautiful ride going and coming from here.  We’ve seen what looks to be blackberry bushes all along the side of the roads.  Today we went out and stopped at those bushes and they are blackberries.  I’ll be bringing my buckets and bags all along those bushes to get more blackberries while the getting is good.

We are going into San Francisco tomorrow to see more of the city.  Hopefully this trip to San Francisco won’t be filled with all the timing problems we experienced the first time.  We are driving in our truck so hopefully all will go well!

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09.16.15 Jelly Belly Jelly Bean Factory Tour

wpid-20150915_101505.jpgWednesday, September 16, 2015 –  We drove to Fairfield, California on Tuesday to tour the Jelly Belly Jelly Bean factory which is located at 1Jelly Belly Lane!!!!   I love those tiny confections and really enjoyed everything about this experience today.  The lobby and all hallways are amazingly cool!!  Pictures made of Jelly beans everywhere!  I took pictures of just a very few of them to share here.

 

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I put some of those Belly Flops in a candy jar at home and I’ve been popping them in my mouth all evening.  I’ll undo all the weight loss I’ve been working on with these things.

We went from there to a stop at our very first In-N-Out Burger in Napa. Several friends have highly recommended them and we were not disappointed.  Other than delicious food we loved the fact that they have scriptures on the bottom of the cups, and food bags!

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9.13.15 San Francisco Part 1 – Fisherman’s Wharf

sfwharfsigh (Medium)Sunday, September 13, 2015 – Yesterday we explored San Francisco’s Fishermans Wharf.  What an amazing place but the day did not go as planned.  I’ll share the day as it unfolded but please know this was a wonderful experience being in San Francisco.  It was very clean, colorful and welcoming.  I have to pinch myself remembering that we are in California FINALLY!!

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sf1 (Medium)Our morning at home had some delays, so we didn’t leave as early as we wanted to.  It was an hour drive from our RV resort to the Ferry.  On the drive we saw an amazing 9/11 display of American flags on an overpass on the highway.

We planned to take the San Francisco Bay Ferry from the Port of Oakland to Pier 41 in San Francisco.  I researched it (but not enough) and saw that about every 30 minutes a ferry leaves Oakland for Pier 41.  However there is no ferry (I didn’t realize that) between 12:01 and 1:35.  We arrived at 12:04 so we started the day off waiting an hour and a half for the ferry.  I enjoyed walking around the docks area in Oakland waiting for the ferry. These pictures are from that area.  sf14 (Medium) sf13 (Medium)A bowling alley right by the Bay! Next two pictures.sf12 (Medium)sf8 (Medium)Since there is a drought here all the water sculptures had no water!sf11 (Medium) sf10 (Medium) sf6 (Medium) One of my favorite pictures, right by the Bay.  The day was beautiful and clear skies! sf9 (Medium) sf17 sf18 (Medium)sf4 (Medium) I’ve never seen a black flower like the one in the second picture below!  How I wish I could have popped a leaf off to grow but, I couldn’t.sf2a (Medium)sf2 (Medium)And Roy patiently waiting for me while I explored.

sf3 (Medium)The ride across San Francisco Bay was really nice in the huge ferry we rode in.

sf19 (Medium)sf35ferry (Medium)We rode right next to Alcatraz which was really cool looking!  sf24alcatraz (Medium)sf36alcatraz (Medium)We pulled into a spot between Pier 39 and Pier 41 right at Fisherman’s Wharf.

sf20 (Medium) sf21 (Medium) sf22 (Medium) sf25 (Medium) Right next to the bay on the wharf singers, musicians, bongo players, painters, and others provided entertainment every step along the wharf. We really all that!  Very cool, happy atmosphere.

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sf43nicks (Medium)There were several large restaurants and several roadside vendors.  We were fairly determined to try  dungeness crabs as we’ve heard so much about them.  We decided to eat at Nick’s Lighthouse where they cook the food on the sidewalk and serve it to you inside in a restaurant. I described it on Facebook as we totally lost our minds when we ordered our food.  One crab was $42.95.  We couldn’t afford two so we decided to share one.  It really wasn’t much bigger than what we consider a #1 crab in Louisiana.  They served it with butter, ketchup, claw crackers and a tiny fork.  Typical utensils for eating crabs.  It was very delicious and tasted somewhat different than our sf44nicks (Medium)Louisiana blue crabs. Since we are use to sitting down and splitting a dozen crabs that one crab felt like just a snack!  The waitress told us this was the off season for dungeness crabs as the regular season is November through June and this is September.  They have to get them from Washington state or Alaska causing the price to be very high. We are very glad we tried them so we know what it’s like but unless we come back when the price is 1/4th that we won’t have any more.

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After we ate the crab we walked around and came across a chocolate shop where I got a chocolate and nut dipped banana and Roy had a chocolate and nut dipped ice cream bar!   That helped fill us up!

We walked and walked and walked around the area looking in shops and seeing the sights!  We found the end of the route for one of the cable car routes.  We were shocked sf41 (Medium)to see about 200 people in line waiting to get on one of the many cars.  I had $18 in cash and had been able to pay for everything with my bank card.  Again, we arrived a few minutes after the bank card window closed for the day so it was cash only.  Since the fee was $7.50 per person each way we needed more money than we had.  We didn’t get to ride the cable cars but we watched them manually turn around at the end and head back up the hill.

sf45 (Medium) sf46 (Medium)On the map Coit Towers did not look too far from the Wharf.  In reality it is very far and you have to climb a big hill.  As much as we wanted to see the views from up there we were so tired by that time so we chose to skip it.

Since we were getting pretty tired we headed back towards the ferry.  We THOUGHT the next ferry left at 5:50 and we had some extra time so we visited a kite and other flying things shop that we visited right after getting there earlier in the day.  We loved everything there and finally decided on a pink flamingo riding a bicycle with whirling tires!  It sticks in the ground and the wind blows it around and makes the tires spin!  Roy said we could get it for my birthday which is Monday.sf29bday (Medium) sf28 (Medium)

Happy as a little lark over the pink flamingo purchase we headed to the Ferry dock.  When we looked at the posted schedule  at the gate to the ferry ramp, we realized that earlier we looked at the weekEND schedule when the real schedule on weekDAYS had no more ferries leave until 8:05.  Over 2-1/2 hours from then….

A really nice man who was knowledgeable about the schedules and transportation in the area gave us advice.  He said there were two ferries leaving from the Ferry Building about 22 walking minutes from there.  It was 6:00 and the Ferry left at 6:25 from the Ferry Building.  He said that we could go two streets over and catch streetcar that would get us there quickly.

We almost ran there to make sure we got there before the streetcar left.  Us running is not a pretty sf49 (Medium)sight! We waited 10 minutes and it arrived.  It was mostly full already and many many people were trying to get on.  When it left that streetcar stop, the streetcar had at least 3 times the amount of people it should have had on it.  Being smashed in there like sardines we couldn’t look out the windows to see where we were and really didn’t know where we were going except to the Ferry Building which we listened for every stop it made. The driver called out the Pier number we were approaching but we had no idea what pier number the Ferry Building was on!  FINALLY at 6:23 we arrived at the Ferry Building and most everyone on the train got off there.  We ran with the crowd to the Ferry Building (again running not a pretty sight) where we were all able to get on that boat.  Our legs hurt and it took the entire boat ride back to the Oakland dock to get our breath back!

Yes there were beautiful sights along the way and yes we really enjoyed our time there but the final leg of our journey today was the clincher.  It’s been getting dark between 9-10 every night for the last several months. I didn’t realize it would get dark as early as it does here. BUT IT DID.  At 7:45 darkness set in fast.  We haven’t driven in the dark in months.  Driving on dark unfamiliar roads when you have old eyes is not a good nor safe thing to do.  We didn’t plan to do it but that’s how it went!  Roy HATED IT.  Most of the time there was no one ahead of us for us to follow their lights so we just went for it and made it the long long hour drive home safely.

This may have been our worst day travel wise, while being one of the coolest days with what we saw and experienced when things went right.  We’ve realized we won’t be able to see everything we want to unless we kill ourselves trying.  We’ve made plans for two days next week to see more things and those things don’t involve too much walking or strenuous activity.

We are going to the worship service here at the resort tomorrow morning (I love it when RV resorts have worship services!!) then shopping at Sam’s Club and picking up some Popeye’s chicken nearby tomorrow!!

We put our pink flamingo on wheels together today and he’s living with our other outdoor decorations in the yard next to Dora!

sf48 (Medium) The weather here is much cooler than it was when we were on the road the other day.  It was 106 then and in the 70s here.  I like that much better!

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09.12.15 Driving from Northern California to the San Francisco area

CA101Saturday, September 12, 2015 – What a journey today, Wednesday, has been. We’ve been on US Highway 101 the whole way.  I didn’t drive at all but I am worn slap out! We are almost to San Francisco (over 300 miles) which was way further than we intended to drive when the day started. Along the way every 100 yards or so the road would wind and then wind again and over and over it went, all day!!!  It is 6:30 pm right now and we left at 9:30 am.

When we stopped near where we originally thought we’d spend the night it was 99 degrees.  We are boon  docking tonight and that just wasn’t going to work so Roy kept on going. Hopefully when we stop for the night the sun will have almost gone down and the heat won’t be so bad.  I cannot believe that just 200 miles south of where it was 70 yesterday it is 99 today.

Early in the day there was a lot of fog as we drove along the coastline.

e3 (Small) e8 (Small)These pictures are from a neat roadside place that sold lots of carved and other outside decorations. We stopped here for me to shop a bit. Didn’t buy anything but these adorable wood sculptures were by the road.

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e1 (Small)e2 (Small) Not long ago we entered the Napa/Sonoma Valley where we saw mile after mile after mile of grape vineyards covered hills and flat lands.

e12 (Small) e10 (Small) e9 (Small)We’re pulling into our Walmart RV Park (not really a park!) for the night and I am so happy to finally be stopping.   Going in to Walmart to get some roasted chicken and a vegetable so we don’t have to start the hot oven!!!

Welcome back to the south where the heat is ever present!!

DSCF6581_thumb-300x226Since I wrote this a couple of days ago, we’ve gotten settled in our RV Park in Isleton, California.  Lighthouse Marina and RV Resort will be our home for two weeks.  One thing to note here is that it is a Coast to Coast resort so our time here is free.  However, every C2C resort usually charges a utility charge to help with their electricity, etc.  It is usually $3 – $5 a day which is very reasonable.    At this park it is $11 a day which is outrageous.  I told the nice lady when we checked in that this was more than double what we’ve ever paid elsewhere.  She did not know that and probably wasn’t too concerned since we had to pay it!  It is a nice clean park with plenty of California ambiance with palm trees and pretty flowers.  It is situated on a peninsula between two bays making the last 12 miles of the drive here quite pretty.

Yesterday we toured San Fransisco and saw and experienced lots of things in our day there.  We came HH_fishermanswharf_39_675x359_FitToBoxSmallDimension_Centerhome overly exhausted so I’m happy for today when I’m home working for RVillage to recover!  I will be writing our blog post about yesterday as soon as I can!  Lots of pictures but my phone died and I used all my back up charger power before we finished the day so I’ll share what I can in pictures and you can image the rest!!!

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09.09.15 Trees of Mystery in Klamath, California

trees of mysteryWednesday, September 9, 2015 – Trees of Mystery is a local attraction we kept seeing signs for on our way here.  After seeing how crowded everywhere was on the weekend we decided to go on Tuesday, hoping it would be less crowded.  It was only $11 each for old folks and it was well worth it.

There are several parts to the many acres that make up Trees of Mystery.  Paul Bunyan greeted us at the entry – he is 39 feet tall!!

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THE KINGDOM OF TREES AND THE FOREST TRAIL
Kingdom of Trees section is an easy walk through amazing specimens of Coastal Redwood, Sitka Spruce and Douglas Fir. A little Further up the hillside and still a moderately easy walk is the Forest Experience Trail.
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THE BROTHERHOOD TREE
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CATHEDRAL TREES – WEDDINGS ARE PERFORMED HERE
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THE BEAUTY OF NATURE IS INSPIRING!
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THE FAMILY TREE
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THE SKY TRAIL

This is the one we looked forward to the most.  It is a 1/3 mile journey through the forest tree tops in a gondola. It was an amazing thing to get an up-close downward perspective from the tops of redwood trees that measure 100s of feet in height. A total of 8 Gondola Cars continuously make the approximately 8-10 minute, 1570 foot trip up the mountain each day.  We not only got spectacular views of magnificent redwoods, but a fine mountaintop ocean vista at the observation deck at the summit as well.

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 THE WILDERNESS TRAIL

The trail starts at the top of the SkyTrail ride and proceeds approximately a mile (mostly downhill) through the wildest section of the Trees of Mystery property.  They say it is for experienced hikers.  After having hiked quite a big already (mostly uphill) we chose not to do this one.

TRAIL OF TALL TALES

Just when I thought we had seen all of the place, we came across this really cool area.  Chain saw wood sculptures and carvings are scattered along the final stretch of the trail starting with Baby Paul Bunyan’s younger life (!!).  We have more pictures of this part than any other!

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SAVED THESE TWO FOR LAST.  I CLIMBED ON A TREE STUMP

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At the end we shopped in the gift shop for a while.  I’ve been looking for, and finally found, baby Redwoods and baby Sequoias.  We now own one of each and HOPEFULLY they will survive the drive back to Louisiana and being planted there.  They came with good instructions and a replacement guarantee within one year.

This wraps up our time in Northern California.  We head to the San Francisco area today, Wednesday.  It will take us two days to get there since we rarely travel a lot on one day and it is over 350 miles to our next stop.   We’re looking for a Sam’s Club to stay at one night so we can load up on our favorite Sam’s items.  Then we’ll settle into a two week stay in Isleton, California.   So much to do and see there before we leave the west coast!

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09.08.15 Gold Bluffs Beach and Fern Canyon in California

o2 (Medium)Tuesday, September 8, 2015 – Roy learned that parts of Jurassic Park 2 were filmed in Fern Canyon, an area south of here so off we went in that direction on Sunday afternoon.

We entered the park and then drove down a six mile gravel, bumpy, winding, dusty road to a big parking lot from which you can either go into Fern Canyon or go in a different direction and go to the ocean on Gold Bluffs Beach.  Both of these are within Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park.  We’ve learned that the Redwoods are not just in one location, but are all along the coast in various Forests, National and State Parks.

There was no room in the parking lot for Boots so we parked along the side of the dusty road about a quarter mile from the parking lot.  On our way there we saw the sign above that we were entering a Tsunami Hazard Zone…..

o1 (Medium) o3 (Medium)Here’s a description from the internet of Fern Canyon:  Imagine walking through a narrow canyon where the walls are completely covered by luxuriant ferns and mosses and are dripping with moisture.

That describes Fern Canyon, an unforgettable natural wonder that Steven Spielberg chose as a location for Jurassic Park 2: The Lost World.

This level trail of about one mile follows Home Creek as it courses through the forest. This modest stream has over the eons carved a deep (50 to 80 feet) canyon through the sedimentary soils. The vertical walls sprout an amazing variety of ferns (five different kinds) and other moisture-loving plants and mosses. Depending on the time of year, there is a constant drip-drip of water trickling down the canyon walls.

During summer months, foot bridges are installed over the creek to make this trail easier (and dryer), but it is generally passable year-round if one is nimble and can tolerate getting damp. o5 (Medium) o8 (Medium) o9 (Medium) o10 (Medium) o11rc fc 2rosie fc 1 o12 (Medium) o13 (Medium)On to Gold Bluff Beach!  It’s quite a trek to get to the sand and then another trek to the ocean.  Roy’s knee was hurting so he waited for me sitting on a big log in the sand, while I went to the ocean to play. oi beach 1 (Medium)o beach 2 (Medium) o beach 3 (Medium) o beach 5 (Medium)rc fc 4 rc gbb1 o beach roy (Medium)A panoramic picture of the beach and the path to the beach from where we parked.  I slipped off a log I was walking across (you can see it on the walkway) into a bunch of wet mud on the way back which was lots of fun!!!  Click on the panoramic picture to see it bigger!o beach panoramic (Medium)We’re resting today (Monday) enjoying eating watermelon, homemade gumbo and listening to some Gospel music!  Tomorrow we’ll be back top laying and hiking when we visit Trees of Mystery down the road a bit!

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09.07.15 Happy Labor Day Weekend from the Chauvins in California!!

11987127_998551780189996_8354343308897750363_nMonday, September 7, 2015 – After working a couple of hours Saturday morning we drove up the California coast and enjoyed stopping at several places to roam through the redwoods and gawk at the ocean.  We went into the ocean to got our feetsies wet and looked down on the ocean from many heights along the way!  Even came across a cemetery high up on a mountain overlooking the ocean!

Here’s some of the sights we saw today!  They are in the order in which we saw the sights.  Redwood forest and ocean beaches kind of mingle as the pictures will show.

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The next two are by a lagoon that looked like it could be in Louisiana except not with the mountains around it!x 5 - Copy (Medium) x 6 - Copy (Medium) x1 - Copy (Medium)This is a well worth pathway I hiked down to get closer to the ocean.  Quite a hike back up the hill but I made it!x2 - Copy (Medium)When you get down near the end of the pictures there are a couple of a view from up high where a small cemetery is located.  This view is from the opposite side of the water.  On the left at the top here is the Klamath River which is emptying into the Pacific Ocean on the bottom right. x3 - Copy (Medium) X6 - Copy (Medium) x7 - Copy (Medium) X7 (2) - Copy (Medium)rc1 rc2 x8 - Copy (Medium) x9 - Copy (Medium) X10 - Copy (Medium) X11 - Copy (Medium) X13 - Copy (Medium) X14 - Copy (Medium) X15 - Copy (Medium) X16 - Copy (Medium) X17 - Copy (Medium)This was taken from down within the redwoods looking up at Boots patiently waiting for us to return!!X18 - Copy (Medium) X18 (2) - Copy (Medium)rc3 X19 - Copy (Medium)Back at the ocean at Coastal Trail which goes along the coast for many miles. X20 - Copy (Medium) X22 - Copy (Medium) X23 - Copy (Medium) X24 - Copy (Medium) X25 - Copy (Medium) X26 - Copy (Medium) X27 - Copy (Medium) X28 - Copy (Medium)When the sun shown down on the ocean  in the early afternoon it was simply gorgeous!X30 - Copy (Medium) X31 - Copy (Medium) X32 - Copy (Medium) XX1 - Copy (Medium) XX2 - Copy (Medium) XX3 - Copy (Medium) XX4 - Copy (Medium)Right in front of us, as we were looking out at this amazing view of the ocean was a small cemetery.  I’d love to be buried looking out at the ocean – like I’ll ever look at the ocean then!!!

XX7 - Copy (Medium) XX6 - Copy (Medium) XX8 - Copy (Medium)The RV Park we are in had a Labor Day Weekend BBQ and we got our first taste of fresh cooked salmon.  It was quite good.XX8 (2) - Copy (Medium) XX10 - Copy (Medium) XX17 - Copy (Medium)On Sunday we went to the Gold Bluffs Beach in the Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park south of here.  I’ll be sharing what we see there!

We are resting on Labor Day to recover from all the hiking the last two days, catch up on blogging and clean Dora a bit!  This is where we will be visiting Tuesday!

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09.05.15 – Say HELLO to the Pacific Ocean!!

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Map of the state we have visited as of September 6, 2015!!

Saturday, September 5, 2015 – I have to say this upfront.  If it wasn’t for missing Madisyn and Chip I would stay in California.  There is just too much beauty to ever want to willingly leave this place!!  If there was someway to convert what our eyes are seeing immediately to a blog post I’d jump all over that!!!

We drove through more Redwoods in the Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park.  Giant, beautiful trees around every curve.  And lots of curves there are.  I don’t know how Roy does it in this big bus with Boots behind us.   But he does!

We will go back to drive through them in our truck when we can take pictures to share!!

When we started seeing the Pacific Ocean out our windows I wanted to jump up and down with joy.  What a magnificent sight!  The drive from Crescent City to Klamath should have taken us 30 minutes but it took over 2 hours with all the stops we made to oooh and aaaah!!

The following are pictures and a video we took on our short drive here!

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We’ve arrived at Kamp Klamath RV Resort.  We’ve never had a problem getting a 50 amp spot but we are right now. They only have 30 amps here so we’ll see how we do with that. The temperature is cool so we really don’t need the air conditioner and I think everything else runs fine.  We’ll see!  Tomorrow night we’re attending a big BBQ cookout here for the Labor Day Weekend and I work during the day tomorrow but just for three hours.  We’re going back to the ocean and through the redwoods during the middle of the day to do more ooo0hing and aaaahhing!!

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