Two Steps Back
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Jon Danniells Yesterday
We've arrived. We left Tuesday night drove 2757 miles, with side-trips to Yellowstone and Mount Rushmore and have around an hour to get cleaned up for the wedding. I'm tired. — at Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Ashland.
Needless to say, I've got some catching up to do.
I'll start off from where my last post before heading to Burning Man.
CA 1 and Beyond
We had plans to stop in San Francisco. There were friends I dearly wanted to see. But timing, as well as our ridiculous, trailer/parking situation made this less feasible. And so we continued on, barely glimpsing that spectacular city. We continued up the PCH, with one remarkable vista after another.
We found a wonderful camp site at The Sea Ranch, but were advised to continue northward by a Park Ranger. So glad to take her recommendation. We made it up to Gualala with enough time to set up camp and take a nice sunset hike.
We’ve faced bears in Yosemite and Mammoth, but here instead of bear-boxes here we had raccoon bins. We laughed at this at first, until we were practically attacked by those not-so-little masked bandits. Skye swore she saw one jump inside our tent and I half believed her.
Luckily, upon inspection there was no raccoon.
At last, we settled into our tent.
There were two dates and destinations when I originally came up with this latest West Coast Tour, the Spartan Beast and Burning Man.
Beyond that, our schedule was pretty open.
I had seen amazing trees in Yosemite, but had never been to Redwood National Park. As it turns out the biggest trees on the planet are in Yosemite but the tallest, the Pacific Sequoia, are up on the northern coast of California, in Redwood National Park.
As we sped up the highway, we started to try to determine where we would camp and where exactly the tallest tree was.
Turns out both of these goals would be harder to achieve than first imagined.
We had just sped past Humboldt Redwoods State Park which includes Rockefeller Forest, the largest remaining old-growth forest in the world, and the entire Bull Creek watershed.
Yet were just a little too far off from Redwood National Park to find and set up a camp site.
So we decided to enjoy the comfort of a bed one last time and settled in at a Travel Lodge in Eureka CA.
The Travel Lodge was pretty bleak, but we've stayed in worse.
We wandered across the street to what appeared to be a local market. It was teh local co-op and was better than most Whole Foods in regards to variety and selection. And when it came to local foods, well, besides the farmer's markets in San Francisco, I've not seen such quality and diversity.
However, I would find out too late that there were bedbugs in my room. Luckily only in my bed and none of our luggage or belongings were effected. But I ended up with a couple of nasty bite zones that are still healing, several weeks later.
We've stayed in a lot of hotels and have been pretty lucky.