Rearview Mirror - Summary of the past week
Pups Across America! - Ruger and Calvin
Favorite Photograph - Fawn
Camper’s Corner - Ancient Redwoods Resort, Redcrest, CA
Headlights - Our schedule as to where we will be heading: Up the Oregon Coast

Start: Ancient Redwoods Resort, Redcrest, CA
Stop: Redwoods RV Park, Crescent City, CA
Stop: Bluebell Campground, Siuslaw National Forest, Coos Bay, OR

Car Show
Jan and I took the car north on Highway 101 about fifteen minutes to the town of Fortuna to participate in the final day of their annual AutoXpo. The car show (700 entrants) had wrapped up on Saturday, but several of the cool cars were still tooling around town. We took in the demonstration of early nineteenth century engines that were powering everything from saws to clothes washers to beer can crushers. We reviewed all the antique tractors aligned in straight rows, and toured the booths that filled the park selling a range of items from locally hand crafted goods of all kinds to sunglasses made in China. Jan had her try at powering the bicycle saw, and several old-timers really enjoyed clueing her in on how the old equipment worked. We shared a tritip sandwich, split a root beer float and bought enough hot sauce to last us till 2017. The big event, though, was the antique tractor pull. We watched from the grandstands as some really old tractors demonstrated their prowess. Really a fun event. Recommended. www.redwoodautoxpo.com

Tractor Pull Vintage John Deere Young Cowboy

Farmer Golden Gate Joe Good Ol Boys

Jan and Saw Man Jarra and Mom Root Beer Float Girl

Victorian Ferndale
About ten miles from Fortuna, next to nowhere is the really interesting town of Ferndale. Just about every building is a well-kept, freshly painted Victorian dwelling, and it is a visual pleasure to stroll the streets and admire the picturesque structures adorned by gardens of bright flowers. We stopped and had the mango wings for a snack at the Victorian Inn along with an Eel River Ale. If you are within a hundred miles or so, check this town out. Highly recommended. www.victorianferndale.com

Victorian House Sew What

Knarly Tree Flower Flyers

In the morning I worked while Jan did laundry and picked a quart of blackberries right from our park. Later in the day we met a couple of Texas RV’ers staying in our campground, Betty and John, along with their 12-year-old chocolate labrador, Ruger. We chatted for awhile and I took a few pics of this handsome boy.

Rockefeller Forest Hike
After morning chores, Jan and I drove the few miles to Rockefeller Forest. We parked at a trailhead and walked for an hour and a half among the giant trees through the solitude of the forest, along the river, and through the ever-changing fog and sunshine. Of course I took some photos in an attempt to capture at least part of the beauty of this majestic setting.

Roosevelt Forest Roosevelt Forest #2 Alex Inside Tree

Shelter Cove
Returning back to camp we felt adventurous and ready for another day trip. We took the Avenue of the Giant to 101 South and breezed down to Garberville in 30 minutes. There we took an hour trip on the narrow, curvy, steep, rough 23-mile Briceland Thorne Road. Beautiful scenery once again in an ongoing pattern of fog then sunshine.

Farm Flowers

Black-Tailed Deer
Just as we reached our destination, the town of Shelter Cove, we came upon a momma black-tailed deer and her fawn. Both were concentrating on eating the big leaves off of the bushes on the side of the road and were almost oblivious to our stopping and my taking pictures.

Fawn Momma Deer

Black Beach
Next we parked and walked the quarter mile down to a black beach for a half hour stroll. A constant offshore breeze propelled the waves that lightly roared as we enjoyed this (almost) desolate stretch.

Black Beach Picnic Beach Couple

Lighthouse Stroll
We made one more stop in Shelter Cove, and that was down by the lighthouse. Here we took the Pups down onto the rocky shore to sniff and look at the sea lions. If you like being off the beaten path, Shelter Cove is the place for you. Recommended.

Cocktails at Betty’s
We ended the day with cocktails down at Betty and John’s. Great ending to a great day.

Avenue of the Giants Morning Walks
Every day since we stopped here, I’ve started each day taking the Pups out of camp and on to the Avenue of Giants. Early morning there was hardly any traffic, so we enjoyed the stroll among the big trees, alone in our thoughts.

Avenue of the Giants Hollow Log

Morning Work
While I did business on the computer, Jan washed the coach. This was a much-needed task after weeks along the ocean. Mid-day we drove to Scotia, as I had a phone call and this was the nearest location with an AT&T signal. As I did business, Jan picked up some provisions.

Late afternoon, Betty, John, and Ruger, Mary, Henry, and Calvin, along with the four of us got together for a potluck dinner. Jan prepared grilled lemon pepper turkey tenderloin, barbecued short ribs with Crazy Charlie’s Cajun Sauce (from the tractor pull), a round loaf of crusted bread, and a fresh blackberry walnut blue cheese salad with nasturtium florets. Betty brought a trio of baked beans, sauerkraut, and stuffing. Mary furnished grilled small potatoes and wine served in titanium enriched wine glasses, watermelon, and chocolates. We sat outside in perfect weather and devoured this feast. After this meal the six of us plus the pups moved into Mary and Henry’s coach were we had Jamieson’s Irish Whisky and 1800 Gold Tequila for night caps, while we watched a Wanda Sykes comedy special on their HD flat screen the size of the Monterey Aquarium. Wonderful evening.

Blackberry Nasturtium Salad

Humboldt County
I’d never really heard much about this area before our visit, but it sure is a wonderful place. Beautiful scenery, interesting places to visit, populated with great people. Plan on staying a week. Highly recommended.

In the morning we said farewell to our new friends and made ready for the next leg of our journey. Departing our park late morning, we turned north onto the Avenue of Giants, merging after a few miles onto 101 North. We drove by Scotia, Rio Dell, Fortuna, Loleta, Fields Landing, and Bayview. We slowly made our way through Eureka, then passed by Arcata, Trinidad, Orick, and Klamath. Seven miles north of Crescent City we pulled into our resting place, Redwoods RV Park. As the name implies, we were parked under a canopy formed by medium, large, and very large redwoods. Very nice campground with friendly people.

Road Trip
After morning chores, the four of us hopped into the car and drove north on Highway 101 for fifteen minutes and stopped just over the state line at the Oregon welcome center. Here we picked up the required state map of Oregon as well as camping information and other tourist publications for later study in preparation for getting the most of our visit to this beautiful state.

Beach Run
Next we took the Pups for a walk along the Pacific on the beach directly behind the welcome center. We had the beach to ourselves, so we let the Pups run while I took action shots of the Kids running full blast.

Mitzy on a Mission Smiling Jerry

Redwood National Park Scenic Drive #1
Just south of Crescent City we turned northeast on Howland Hill Road which passes through first the national park and then Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park. They recommend no RVs and their recommendation is valid—the road is mainly one- to one-and-a-half lane gravel, and there are several places where BALY, our motorcoach, could not traverse no matter what. You heard me ooh and aah earlier about the redwoods down in Humboldt County, but I think on average these were bigger. Just a gorgeous drive, but after ten miles it was good to pick up Highway 199 and loop back toward Crescent City. After filling up with gas and eating at a local diner, we were back in our Element heading for our next exploration.

Tree Hugger Janny Stretch Ancient Redwoods RV

Redwood National Park Scenic Drive #2
South on 101 fifteen miles or so we turned west on Requa Road heading for the coast. Another gorgeous eight-mile drive up into the hills overlooking the Pacific. At a pull-off we enjoyed a great view of the ocean and a lagoon, then I took off down a trail heading for the beach below. Gorgeous hike on the Klamath Coastal Trail, half mile down and two miles back up.

Mid-morning we were back heading north on 101 leaving California a few miles north of Smith River. Interestingly to us, we had been in California since June 12, about six weeks!

Once into Oregon we drove through Brookings and Pistol River. At Gold Beach we just escaped being blocked in for a 10:30 parade. We continued up along the coast through Wedderburn, Ophir, Sixes, Bandon, and Coos Bay, the biggest town on the Oregon coast.

Forest Camping
Two miles north of downtown, we turned west on Horsfall Dunes and Beach Road, entering the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, and soon we were among the dunes and trees of Bluebell Campground, a part of the Siuslaw National Forest. We found a large pull-through site shaded with trees and prepared to dry camp.

Exploration Walk
It was a pleasant sunny day in the low 60s. After lunch, we walked the Pups to a horse campgrounds a quarter mile away, and then to the ocean another quarter mile past that. Here we let the Pups run on the huge beach, with the pounding waves so loud you had to shout to be heard.

Evening Campfire
We wound down the day with another walk, our typical three games of gin rummy, and a campfire. Tough to beat either the day or the week.

We took lots of shots of lots of pups during the week, but my two favorites are Ruger and Calvin.

Ruger Calvin

Brown Dog in Window Cute Pup and Nice Butt Hot Dog

Pass the Word
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My favorite this week is “Fawn.” This baby and his/her mother stood nonchalantly by the side of the road in Shelter Cove while I shot away.


CAMPERS’ CORNER: Ancient Redwoods Resort, Redcrest, CA
Strategically located right on the Avenue of the Giants in the Humboldt Redwood State Park, this is a great place to set up base to see all the many sights of Humboldt County. Manned by a very friendly, helpful staff, this new RV park is super clean, easy to maneuver for big rigs, and has full hook-ups. Another thing that I especially like is that there are not three pages of rules and “don’t do’s” found in so many parks. If you are going to spend time in this wonderful area, here is the place to stay. Highly recommended. www.ancientredwoods.net

August 1 thru 9
Up the Oregon Coast

August 10 thru 14
Attend the FMCA Convention in Redmond, OR

August 15 to 17
Crater Lake National Park?

September 4 to 6
Rocky Mountain National Park?

September 18 thru September 25
Kalamazoo, MI

September 26 to 27
Cincinnati, OH

September 28 thru October 2
Lexington, KY

October 4 thru 6
Asheville, NC?

October 7 & 8
Charleston, SC?

October 10 & 11
Savannah, GA

October 12 thru 14
Apopka, FL?

October 15
Return to Pine Island?

Going to be near? Look us up. Have some suggestions concerning places to see? We are open.