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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09.04.15 The Redwoods – Woo hooooo!

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ROY INSIDE A DOWNED HOLLOWED OUT REDWOOD TREE!

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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08.29.15 La Pine State Park in La Pine, Oregon

lpsp 1 (Medium)Friday, August 28, 2015 – La Pine State Park, located next to the Deschutes River, is a beautiful place near our RV park. After resting all day yesterday I woke feeling my lungs had recovered enough for us to take a trip to see this State Park. the air quality must be really bad today because wee smelled smoke as soon as we left Dora which is normally not the case.

The park is home to Oregon’s largest ponderosa pine. Nicknamed “Big Red,” the tree is 162′ tall, with a circumference of 326 inches, diameter is 8.8 feet, and may be in excess of 500 years old. It is also recognized as an Oregon Heritage Tree. It’s estimated volume is 25,000 board feet. It was quite impressive, larger than we thought it would be. lpsp 2 (Medium)

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The bark on these types of pines is very different than normal pines. Here’s a picture of each so you can see this.

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The other stop we made in this state park was the Don McGregor Viewpoint which provided an amazing view of the Deschutes River as it made a bend right in front of us.

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We’re looking forward to a few days of rest before we get back on the road next week headed to the Redwood Forest in California!!

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08.28.15 Lava River Cave in Bend, Oregon – oh what a day!

lc 1 (Medium)On Wednesday we made it to Lava River Cave, which is a mile-long lava tube. It takes approximately 1.5 hours to tour the entire cave. Initial access descends 55 stairs to a combination of flat boardwalk, uneven surfaces and stairways.  Average temperature in the Cave is 42 degrees.

lc 2 (Medium)The sign above probably should have stopped me from going in but I figured I’m not a child, I’ve done caves before and this is only a mile long.

This was probably the worst thing we could have attempted and we paid for it.  I was only able to make it about 1/4 of the mile into the tube.  I waited there for Roy to complete the mile and come back to where I stopped.  He made it back fine so we then headed back to the cave’s opening.

I’m not totally sure why the exit was so difficult for me.  The air quality has been dangerous recently here in Oregon because of smoke from local forest fires.  I have asthma but haven’t really felt different because of the smoke, so going into the cave didn’t seem to be a problem.  It was very damp and very cold (and I was in there over an hour) and all the fungus or mold (which I’m highly allergic to) that must be in a damp dark place like that, and I guess coupled with me having breathed the smoke for a while caused me to have extreme difficulties breathing while getting out of the cave.   A very nice young lady tourist who happens to be a Cardiac nurse stayed with us until we got out.  Also, a forest ranger brought me some water when we were near the finish line.  There were many steps to climb to get out and I could make it a few steps before having to pause for several minutes.  I was dizzy and had extreme difficulty breathing and standing up.

The last time we toured a cave I had a little difficulty near the end, but nothing like today.  We will not be planning anymore underground cave tours in the future.  We’ve toured several over the years and need to be happy with those experiences!

There aren’t many pictures to share since it is pitch black in there and the tourists have to bring their own to see a little bit in front of them.  Roy set us up with head lights and a strong hand held flashlight and we both had our Southeastern jackets on to HELP keep us warm. I forgot my gloves so they were near frozen even while keeping them tucked into my jacket!

The first picture shows the pathway through the cave.  Then you’ll see us with our very fashionable head lights on before going into the cave.  the other pictures are from the hundred feet or so into the cave where there is still some sunlight shining in.  After that it was all blackness!lava river cave pathlc 4 (Medium)lc 5 (Medium)lc6 (Medium)lava-river3lc7 (Medium)lc 10 (Medium)This is the view I had while waiting for Roy to return of the people entering that part of the cave.   They are coming down the steep steps which we had to go up to get out.  When there was no one coming from either direction it was pitch black and extremely cold.   This was absolutely one of those times I wanted to trip the young adults just be-bopping their way up and down the stairs!!!  When our mind thinks it’s still that  young and our body knows different, we get ourselves in these pickles! lc 13 (Medium)

Roy saw these two signs with good information further down the passage way so I’m sharing!lc highway crossing (Medium)lc tube in tube (Medium)I’m use to writing about the things we see and do because I’m excited to share it with ya’ll.  This was a different story and actually quite humbling.  I am staying in the RV today to let my lungs and body recover from whatever they went through yesterday.

We want to go to La Pine State Park tomorrow which will be non strenuous and hopefully will give me an outing without doing further damage.  We have a campground BBQ Saturday, work Saturday and Sunday for me with RVillage and then we’ll see what Sunday brings.

As I shared with ya’ll, our plans have changed as Russ and Annie’s plans changed.   We still hope to meet up with them along the way!  The overall plan for the rest of our trip includes:

Redwood Forest for a week

San Francisco/Napa Valley for two weeks – this is where my boss Hillary lives and I’ll finally get to meet her and Cam in person after working for them for over a year and a half!!

Los Angeles to hopefully see some TV shows taped

Las Vegas to see all that’s there

Grand Canyon – hopefully north and south rims

Sedona Arizona

Southern Arizona – where our real big boss, Curtis lives to finally meet him in person!

El Paso Texas to see the White Sands Monument.

Roswell New Mexico to see the alien places

See whatever we want as we go across Texas and then land in Louisiana for Christmas!

There will be lots of small stops along the way but these are our must see stops.  Any suggestions around those areas are greatly appreciated!

From where we are now in Oregon to Roswell, NM will take us 2500 more miles.  Roy hasn’t given his final blessing to this plan so it may change!  From Roswell NM to Amite, LA is another 1000 miles.

Next year’s plan is to explore the east coast and all that has to offer!

Here’s our most updated map of all the states we’ve visited!

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08.26.15 Lava Land in Bend, Oregon

thursday almost fridayWednesday, August 26, 2015 – Monday after we toured The High Desert Museum we drove nearby to Lava Land, toured the visitor’s center then boarded the Shuttle for a trip to the top of Lava Butte.  A Butte is described as an isolated hill with steep sides and a flat top (similar to but narrower than a mesa).  Do not know why they can’t call it a hill, but perhaps Butte sounds better???!!!

Lava Butte is a cinder cone rising 500 feet above Lava Lands Visitor Center. A cinder covered trail encircles the rim of the cone with outstanding views.  We walked this trail which in long stretches was very steep to climb.  Not easy at all for us, but we are proud to say we made it!!!  This first three pictures was taken off the internet as we have none that show the cinder cone like this.

filename-lava-butte-cinder Nebe_lava_butte23753l Newberry-National-Volcanic-Monument-Lava-Lands-Visitor-Map.mediumthumbThe next pictures are from inside the Visitor Center, our ride in the shuttle to the top of the Butte and from our hike around it.    We could see the area around it a bit but I don’t think it came out well in the pictures because of the fire smoke in the area.  We receive Air Quality Warnings on our phone each day saying the quality is at a Danger level because of the smoke.   We were about 300 feet over the area where the lava flowed leaving the are black.  We brought home some black, red and gray lava rocks.

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ll 6 (Medium)FROM HIGH UP LOOKING DOWN ON THE REMAINING LAVA.

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YOU CAN SEE THE WALKWAY THROUGH THE LAVA ROCKS DOWN BELOWll 13 (Medium)THE LOOK OUT AT THE TOP FROM ONE PART OF THE HIKING TRAIL

ll 7 (Medium)From a sign by the hiking trail:  Pouring from a breach on the south side of Lava Butte, lava moved in a series of overlapping flows.  The lava spread dowhill to the northwest covering nine square miles and filling six miles of the Deschutes River channel. Within the Lava Butte lava flow there are several islands of trees on higher ground that were not overcome by the lava flows from their eruption.    ll 11 (Medium)  ll 14 (Medium)

Another sign:  Lava Butte is one of many cinder cones that erupted about 7,000 years ago from a Northwest trending fissure (crack) known as the Northwest Rift Zone.    ll 18 (Medium)

AT THE TOP OF LAVA BUTTE THIS SIGN SHOWED THE ELEVATION TO BE 5,020.ll 19 (Medium)    US ENJOYING THE HIKE!ll8 (Medium) ll9 (Medium)That’s it for today!  We plan to rest a day and then head to the Lava River Cave on Wednesday.

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08.25.15 The High Desert Museum in Bend, Oregon

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 – We set out this morning headed for Lava Land but ended up stopping at The High Desert Museum first.  I’d read rave reviews of this museum on Trip Advisor but didn’t realize it was on our way!  It is another location within the Deschutes National Forest in Oregon.

HDM Ent_0It is both an indoor and outdoor museum on 35 forested acres.  The indoor part is what we toured first. I really love seeing old stuff that was actually used in days gone by and this place has lots of it!  Volcanic eruptions and rivers shaped the museum site.  These exposed lava flows probably originated about 250,000 years ago from the Newberry Crater area, near here.

These first pictures are from the various areas of the indoor museum.

b13 (Medium) b12 (Medium) b11 (Medium) b10 (Medium) b9 (Medium) b8 (Medium) b7 (Medium) b5 (Medium) b3 (Medium) b2 (Medium) The next pictures are from the outdoors portion of the museum set amongst beautiful pines and flower bushes.  bo18 (Medium)  bo2 (Medium)bo3 (Medium) bo1 (Medium) bo roy (Medium) bo rosalyn (Medium) bo prey (Medium)One of the major outdoor exhibits is the Miller family ranch from 1904. The history of local homesteaders becomes vivid reality when you see the buildings on the Miller Ranch including the cabin, barn, corral, bunkhouse, root cellar and sawmill.  We got to see what life was like for local homesteaders more than a hundred years ago.  Kids get to do chores around the ranch such as digging in and watering the garden.  They could also enjoy playing one of several vintage games.

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Another outside exhibit was the Otter Exhibit.  Two adorable otters played in the water and entertained us all!  There is a pathway that leads to an inside area where you can watch the otters above and below the water from a glass wall.  Very cool!  They are so cute to watch either inside ot outside.

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We received word from our friends Russ and Annie that they will not be at Cape Blanco in Oregon as planned.  Russ’ dad is dying and his mom needs their help.  He’s now in hospice care and they are on their way to Nevada now.  Please pray for Russ and his family during this time.  We’ll catch up with them somewhere along the way!

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