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Jun 17, 2015 - Eureka, CA

We headed across the Golden Gate bridge and drove on Hwy 101 about 6 hours with 3 rest stops and 275 miles to Eureka, CA. Stopped at Pikes Drive Thru in Cloverdate, CA for lunch…a quaint town along the way. We checked in at the Shoreline RV Park for one night. Our site, #29, was one row away from Hwy 101…real noisy. Wouldn’t go there again. After settling in, we walk to the Siam Orchid Thai restaurant for dinner. The food was ok, but it was expensive. Seemed to us that our stops in CA have been expensive compared to what we experienced...

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May 13, 2015 - Days Among the Giants!

We left Colorado Springs and made it to two one night stands at Rock Springs, WY, and Elko, NV, RV parks. We held our breath because storms were forecast for those days so we were relieved when we arrived safely each night. We spent two nights at the Zephyr Cove RV Park outside of South Lake Tahoe. We didn't get enough time at that beautiful location but had to mush on to get to the Humboldt Redwoods State Park in Northern California. We spent 2 nights there and couldn't get over the perpetual gloom at the campsite because of the trees'...

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Apr 13, 2015 - Eureka - We Found It

You would think that after so many days looking around San Francisco we would find it easy to get out of town, but that's not how we do things... first we had to get gas at Costco. There we only had 6" of room above us to fit in and get to the gas pumps... And then the GPS wanted to take us out across the Oakland Bay Bridge, BUT we wanted to go across the Golden Gate... Not totally sure if we were going to fit thru all the streets and bridges, off we headed. After all the sun the last few days, the morning started with cloud but the more...

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Winter West

Sep 7, 2014 - Day 78, Crater Lake and Coastal Redwoods

Before we look at the redwoods, one or two more pics from Crater Lake. We had driven up gravel Forest Service roads to find the rock formation "Rabbit Ears". Beautiful!! However, on the way up we had to pass the steadfast gaze of an ever vigilant road guard. And with Crater Lake behind us, we were on our way to Eureka, CA and the redwoods. We had Saturday evening dinner at the Samoa Cookhouse, the last surviving eating place of it's kind, it serves delicious and hearty food in a family style setting. Check out their website:...

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Jul 4, 2014 - A "mist" unique 4th of July

Started out day as always with mist and fog..burned out later in day...but for Redwoods, appropriate. We went to #2 park on list Fern Canyon in Prairie Creek State Park. Went on windy STEEP dirt road by gold bluffs beach. We went to famous fern canyon.. Google it...dud a 8 mile loop through fern groves and redwoods ...Abby did great . Had fun at Koa then into Eureka for. Fireworks Strange... broke 8 year tradition of a bbq on river and homemade fireworks with stafkis We miss home ! Happy 4th all ! Feel free to send email with how you are...

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Jul 3, 2014 - grapes...bitter lemons and finally lemonade

Started out great Good start, drove through Napa valley... no stops this time We took the four hour drive north Funny the best three redwood forests are state parks not the national park We hit the first, avenue of giants in Humboldt Very nice ...cool drive and hike Fatal decision... as we were driving to our ocean side camp ground that we didnt get to last night ..tried calling last night ...line was busy Today I called them at 1204 ...they have away our site at 1200! So July 3 rd and we had no place to go Found last spot st eureka...

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Jun 20, 2014 - Redwood National Park

The last two days have been touring the Redwood National Park. The trees and the ocean are something else. The big redwoods go to the sky, are so impressive. The park also includes overlooks onto the pacific ocean. We were able to watch a whale playing down in the water in front of us on one of the overlooks. After that we took a drive thru the redwoods. It is hard to get a feeling for how big they are, looking at someone stand next to one gives you some idea of how small they make you look. We are driving up to Oregon tomorrow and will be...

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Jun 19, 2014 - Eureka and Samoa

Our next stop is Trinidad, CA but the campground there is not available until tomorrow. So we are spending two nights at the Redwood Acres Fairground Campground in Eureka. It is mostly a parking lot but does have full hookups. Today we went looking for dinner and wound up in Samoa. Samoa was once the home of a lumber camp and still shows vestiges of that history. We found the Samoa Cookhouse for dinner. The Cookhouse plays on the tradition of the lumber camp serving a predetermined dinner at long tables family style. Tonight they featured...

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Jun 18, 2014 - On to the Redwoods

Well today was moving day and we had to come down from the mountain, Cindy drove the car and took some pictures so I will post them. The interesting thing was that we thought once we got down the mountain we would have smooth sailing today, but we fought traffic on I 5, then we had to deal with more mountains as we went west to the coast line, and once we got there US 101 was nothing but up and down and every once in a while it would narrow down to a two lane road that was fairly narrow. Sometimes it would be a four lane expressway. But...

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May 26, 2014 - Lake Tahoe and beyond.

Kenny and I spent a couple of days at Lake Tahoe. We would have spent more time there but the Memorial Day crowds had all the campgrounds filled up so we headed for Sacramento. One night there (one is enough) and we were off to Santa Rosa for a few days. Kenny took the Airport Express bus to San Francisco for his flight to the Philippines. Mark showed up the day before that and traveled with me as far as Eureka where he departed for home. He and I spent a couple of days at Lake Mendocino with a side trip thru the redwoods and back along the...

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Newt's Journal

May 8, 2014 - Eureka

Today we headed to Eureka along Hwy 101 through the mountains and the Redwoods. We stopped in the city of Willits for fuel at the Safeway Market. We had hoped to get out of California before fueling up, thinking that Oregon's diesel would be cheaper. Oh well. Highway 101 is The Redwood Highway, and can be narrow and winding in places. But it was beautiful. As we neared Eureka it started to Heavy Mist on arrival,

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Apr 24, 2014 - Searching for Bigfoot

I remember listening to my father and brothers talking about the Abominable Snowman, Yeti, Sasquatch or BigFoot. Dad had read a book by Ivan T. Sanderson, The Abominable Snowman and related many fascinating stories. I read the same book as a teen and have been interested in cryptid zoology ever since. Now we have come to see "The Redwoods." More than 50 years ago, two men from Willow Creek, Roger Patterson and Robert Gimlin, shot the famous home movie that depicts, depending on your point of view, either Bigfoot or a person in a cheesy...

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Gulliver's Travels

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