Grants Pass, OR to Orick, CA
Sep 22, 2012
|Day twenty two:
Destination - Redwood National Park
Soundtrack - Rolling Stones, Pearl Jam, Nirvana, My Morning Jacket, and Maroon 5
Happy Birthday Mommy!
We finished up our drive through Oregon and made it to California.
We ate lunch right off Hwy 101 at Fisherman's Restaurant. It was a little greasy, but pretty tasty. We continued our drive on 101. There are giant trees everywhere on the side of the highway and the beach was right there. It's a super awesome drive.
Then we turned onto Newton Drury Parkway, which had a wayside to pull off and see "big tree". We decided that if these people are calling it a big tree, it's probably worth seeing. We took a look. It was pretty big.
Then, as we were driving, there was a sign for 'Tour Thru Tree'. It was literally a driveway length, but we did get to drive through a tree. I'm pretty sure it's a right off passage for all Volkswagen owners.
We took the Lady Bird Johnson trail through part of the forest. The trees are amazing. There were trees that had been burned from the inside out, tree caves, and so much to look at! The sun peaking through the trees was gorgeous. We got to a tree and Nick wanted to do something funny. He said, "put me on your shoulders." So I say, "put me on your shoulders..." and Nick says, "well, that's not funny." So... hopefully this brings a smile to your face...
On the drive back, the sun was just setting over the beach. It was phenomenal...
We ended up at a campground since there are no national forests that allow dispersed camping in the area. The state parks all charge $35 per vehicle! My Wisconsin roots decided that was ridiculous. So, we found a non-state run campground that was only $20. Someone needs to tell California that camping shouldn't be so pricey, but I digress... We met up with DeRegnier and had dinner, a campfire, and a few beers.
Tomorrow: Tall Tree Road and Hwy 101