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Virtual Road Trip of Pacific Coast Northern California

Post  sanderson on 9/13/2017, 5:13 am

Day 1, Thursday 9/7 - Fort Bragg
Leaving Santa Rosa, we drove north on 101, cutting over to the coastal highway 1 at Willits.  Winding roads all the way west to the coast line.  This is our first close up of the Northern Pacific Ocean.  Cool and Misty, blessed relief.  


Further north on Highway 1 to Leggett, where it joins back with Highway 101.  I was trying to show how foggy it was. 

Going to see the tree.  

This is pretty common in CA when a tree is cut down, to carve something out of the remaining stump.  I thought of Mrs. TD's little garden with these little guys.  Being redwood, they will last for years.

Two views of full size carvings.



Old, old tree that is still alive.

Ken driving through the cut-out.

Ken standing in front of the vehicle that came through right after us.  Can you imagine the poor male driver with 3 women standing in front of the car waving hands, telling him to go left, go right, go straight?

Ken and I.  It's nice when you find a couple who will reciprocate taking photos of each other.  

After Leggett, we drove straight up 101 to Eureka.  I mean, winding roads can take a toll on both driver and passenger.  

Refreshed after a sound night's sleep, we headed north, with the goal of seeing elk and the Oregon border.

Day 2. 

Nice rest area with information.  It's hard to capture the primeval feeling of just stepping into this walkway into the forest.  Spongy under footing of centuries of organic material.  When a tree is cut, lateral trees will grow up from the stumps, having the advantage of the mother tree's roots for nourishment.





Roosevelt Elk resting during the day.  Funny how they know they are safe there.  See the bull's antlers?  In the evening when we drove by, they were in the meadow eating.  

Klamath River where it empties into the Pacific Ocean.  Okay, so it was a little foggy.  A man told us he was waiting for the fog to lift to watch the pod (?) of sea lions that came and decided to stay.  

Oregon.  We weren't paying attention and accidentally crossed into Oregon.  We made a u-turn and saw this marijuana shop at the border right before the road enters back into CA.  Last chance for your recreational blunts, dabs, etc.



The hippy van on the left that is coming into view?  It stopped ahead next to the other vehicle.  I guess he had to finish what he was smoking or hide his stash.  Razz  

Back in Crescent City in early evening, I had to snap of few photos of these old buildings with their beautiful architecture.  The first one was built in 1850.





Day 3.  Driving back home and back to the east (valley side) of the coastal mountains. We were going to take highway 299 across the mountains over to Redding and then south on I-5 to Sacramento and then 99 south to Fresno.  Well, it was really inconvenient of the wild fire that it had to burn that week, so we took highway 36 over to I-5 at Red Bluff.  

Prior burn site.  The only thing growing at this time were low grasses and weeds, on which little pollinators were buzzing about.  



We drove 1,000 miles in 3 days starting from Santa Rosa (Heirloom Exposition) and that was just the northern part of CA with about 180 miles into the mid part of CA .  There are long day, medium day and short day zones within this one State.  Sandy surf-bunny southern beaches, craggy foggy northern beaches, Death Valley and deserts, snowy high Sierra Mountains, fertile ag valleys and 2 famous, crazy towns known as San Francisco and Los Angeles.

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Post  trolleydriver on 9/13/2017, 9:07 am

Great photos sanderson.  Looks like you had a wonderful time. 

Wow that is a tight fit to get a vehicle through that tree.

I'll have to try to find time to head over to the virtual airport to fire up the virtual plane for a virtual flight over the route you took.  Is it OK if I add the virtual flyover to this thread?

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Post  countrynaturals on 9/13/2017, 9:19 am

Thanks for refreshing my memory, S. We made that trip the first time we retired, 20 years ago, in a motorhome. It was amazing.  (We didn't try to drive the motorhome through the tree, however. Razz )
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Post  CapeCoddess on 9/13/2017, 1:45 pm

Nice tour, Sanderson.  That stump garden is amazing!  Is each carved grouping of animals all from one stump or is each animal one stump?  

Looks like your car is a wee bit close to that tree tunnel on the drivers side.

Um... blunts and dabs?  I don't know what that means.  Embarassed  Must have been CA lingo.  Or it is current?
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Post  Kelejan on 9/13/2017, 2:25 pm

I enjoyed your tour, sanderson.  I recognize some of the names when we drove down to L.A./Pasadena in the 1980s.
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Post  sanderson on 9/13/2017, 2:48 pm

trolleydriver wrote:Is it OK if I add the virtual flyover to this thread? Very Happy
Sounds good to me Very Happy

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Post  sanderson on 9/13/2017, 3:15 pm

CC, for your perusing enjoyment. I guessed the meanings and I was wrong. The culture has really expanded since the 60's. https://farmerslabseeds.com/words/ I really didn't pay attention to how they were carved. The small critters were probably carved from one stump. The larger critters maybe from a big stump with a couple of daughter stumps??

CN, Motorhome!

KJ, Thank you

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