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(all pictures taken with Nokia Lumia Icon 929 Cell Phone)
I pulled out of the Redwoods campground around 10 a.m. and headed north along U.S. Highway 101 (coast highway). I only stayed 2 nights in the campground and that was enough. This time of year, everything is moist under the big trees due to the limited amount of direct sunlight to dry things out. It felt like it had just rained, but they said the last rain was days ago. It was nice to be able to camp next to such tall and old trees, but I was ready to go.
|Last look at the campsite under the Redwoods. Hitched and ready to pull out to see new things.|
U.S. Highway 101 runs from the Los Angeles area in California to the Olympic Peninsula in the sate of Washington. Sometimes it runs along the coast and other times it is several miles inland. The first half of this trip was away from the coast and in the woods while the last half was along the coast. It is a great feeling when you "pop" out of the woods and see the ocean. It must be close to the feeling a blind person may feel if they are suddenly given the gift sight. It is one of those feelings that sticks with you and I'm sure I will be able to call upon it in the future. Wow.
|This right after "popping" out of the woods into the sunlight. Notice the lack of traffic, it was great.|
|This is one of the larger pull-offs. It is probably a parking lot full of cars in the summer since it is right on the beach. But yesterday, I had it mostly to myself as I enjoyed the view.|
|My attempt at a trick shot. I tried to catch the reflection of the ocean in the window on Liberty.|
|Last view before continuing the trip|
I found a very nice, reasonably priced campground in Crescent City. I am receiving full bars, 4G LTE connection on my MiFi. It is close enough to the coast that I was able to hear the fog horn through the night. It didn't bother my sleep at all and was somewhat comforting. The campground is one of those that gives me a good feeling as soon as I pull in to register. RV travelers will know what I mean about that. I paid for a week and will let the weather north of me determine if I extend that time or not.
|Campsite in Sunset Harbor RV Park|
My plans are to just kick back and let time catch up to me. Moving as often as I do, everything I see and do is brand new to me. That's means my short term memory gets filled up quickly and I need time for those memories to make their way back to my long term memory. In computer terms, it's like downloading something from a flash drive (short term memory) to the hard drive (long term memory). Of course on the other hand, I may be full of crap and my mind just may be messed up. Personally, I'm hoping it is the first case.
After setting up camp, I checked the "local scout" option on my cell phone and found a Taco Bell. Yippee, I'm back in civilization. :) I drove around to get the lay of the land and find some landmarks. They have a nice drive along the beach and I was able to get a few pictures.
|Shore area in Crescent City. You can see the clouds turning darker.|
|More coastal pictures|
|Dark sand beaches|
|By this time of the evening, it was in the low 50's with a good breeze but she was braving the weather to walk on the beach.|
|Some houses along the coast in Crescent City. Great views.|
Ya'll take care of each other. I'll Cya down the road.