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.

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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 UPSIDE DOWN TREE
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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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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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09.04.15 The Redwoods – Woo hooooo!

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Friday, September 4, 2015 – Our drive on Thursday brought us through a beautiful section of Redwoods in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park.  it is a state park in California dedicated to preserving old-growth redwoods along the Smith River. It is located along U.S. Route 199 approximately 9 miles east of Crescent City.

Dora, Boots, Roy and I pulled off to the side of the road in a beautiful spot and explored it for quite some time!

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After enjoying a peaceful night’s sleep in Crecent City’s Walmart parking lot we left for our next destination Kamp Klamath in Klamath, California for five days!

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09.03.15 From Oregon to California!

Thursday, September 3, 2015 – One evening while we were still at Crescent Meadows in La Pine, Oregon we attended a Retirement BBQ for the cascade meadows cakeowners/managers who were retiring. We met a really nice couple, Ray and Vivian, and visited with them, learning a lot about places to see in California and RV life. We also enjoyed some BBQ hamburgers, homemade potato salad and delicious cake for dessert! There was live music and everyone had a good time!

The next morning we visited a small church in the area, Whispering Pines Baptist Church.  This was one of the most welcoming churches we have visited.  Everyone introduced themselves and was interested in learning about us.  We attended Sunday School and Worship Service.   We met another full time RVing couple there who are camp hosts at a nearby park.  They had three elderly ladies behind microphone stands leading the singing accompanied by a piano and guitar.  We knew every song and loved how they sang gospel, contemporary and hymns!!

We pulled out of Cascade Meadows on Wednesday mornings heading north and west towards the Pacific coast.  We saw some beautiful scenery along the way.

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We stopped for the night in Panther Flat Campground in Six Rivers National Forest.  BEAUTIFUL, quiet, cool temperatures.  We did not get any satellite reception or internet.  This makes Roy miserable but I enjoy it somewhat.  panther flat dora boots panther flat signSince all we had to watch on TV were movies, I chose to watch my absolute favorite movie of all times the gods must be crazy“The God’s Must Be Crazy”.  If you’ve never seen it and you have a quirky sense of humor you will love it.  Roy tolerates it and I ate up every single minute of it.  We have both Part I and Part II but I”m thinking I’ll have to wait for Roy to go away for a long time before I get to watch Part II. Here’s a little bit about the plot:

Xi and his San tribe are “living well off the land” in the Kalahari Desert. They are happy because of their belief that the gods have provided plenty of everything, and no one among them has any wants. One day, a Coca-Cola bottle is thrown out of an airplane and falls to Earth unbroken. Initially, Xi’s people suppose this strange artifact is another “present” from the gods and find many uses for it. (They employ it as a crafts tool, blow the top to make music, etc.) But unlike anything that they have had before, there is only one glass bottle to go around. With everyone wanting it at once, they soon find themselves experiencing envy, anger, and even violence.

Since the bottle has caused the tribe unhappiness, Xi consults with elders and concludes that it’s an “evil thing” which the gods were “absent-minded” to send them. Noting that some attempts to dispose of the bottle have failed, Xi agrees to make a pilgrimage to the edge of the world and toss the seemingly cursed thing off. Along the way, he encounters a diverse assortment of people.  And the story goes on from there.  It is truly a laughing out loud movie!

20150903_112328We woke up this morning and decided a second night with no TV or internet wasn’t what we wanted.   We checked out what there was to see around the campground see picture to the left) and then left Panther Flatt Campground headed for a Walmart in Crescent City, California.

Along the way we drove through the Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park and we couldn’t scrape our jaws up off the ground the whole time!!! I’m wrapping up today’s post and will share tomorrow lots about the redwoods and beauty we saw today!

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