Friday, August 7, 2009

Two Days Out of CA

With my Roadtrek, Linda's Rav4, two boys, and two "walkies" we hit the road to start our great adventure to Oregon. It was the guys first time out of California so they were very excited about this trip. G rode with me the first day, S with Grandma. We found a picnic place on Cache Creek near Rumsey. An old bridge was hard to resist, the guys checked it out before we hit the road to Clear Lake area.

There's a nice little park on Clear Lake in Lucerne with a Foster's Freeze just down the street.
The perfect place for our afternoon break and an ice cream cone. We noticed the temps beginning to drop along Highway 20 just before Fort Bragg. It has an ordinance requiring "small" signs. We drove past our motel a couple times before we actually saw it. After settling in the cabin we had dinner at my favorite...Chart and Moon. So good and right on the water at the mouth of the river. Great old trees in the central area at our motel.

Short of zooming up the stateline, the kids decided a stop of at the beach was a must. MacKerricher State Beach is fantastic. We played there for a couple hours. Big waves but low tide so fun in tide pools.

Linda and I grew up with the drive through tree in Yosemite, but the road doesn't go that way anymore, so the boys had not seen anything like this. They navigated Linda through, then S headed for the gift shop while G found a big tree to climb.

The second nite was at the KOA Campground in Crescent City. We arrived a bit late due to having so much fun at the beach that morning! I stayed in my van, Linda and the kids in a cabin. Pizza for dinner. The next morning (our third day!) we visited Ocean World.

Our tour began at a tide pool.

Gary volunteered to be lunch for a starfish!

But was more careful while 'petting' the sharks.

Ocean World began life as a glass bottom boat. It's decorated with cool murals.

We had a short, but exciting, drive planned for the rest of the day......crossing the border into Oregon!


  1. Love those old steel bridges! We did have four in our area, but the highway department "improved" one of the roadways.

  2. Me too. One of the bravest things I ever did was jump off the bridge at Mountain River Lodge! It's under a reservoir now.

  3. I can't wait to see Crescent City next month...80 miles N of my hometown, Eureka.

  4. Hi Jan, hope you have a great trip home! :)


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