A walk among giants

We drove south from Eureka to tour the Avenue of Giants. I was in my 20s the last time I had visited the area.   The trees never fail to impress me.   It’s humbling to think of just how long they have been on this earth.

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Entering some of the groves the temperature drops dramatically.  The sunlight is filtered to almost non-existence.  The heady smell of the earth just about takes your breath away.  I’m always drawn to hold my hands to the bark, feeling like I can get the sense of energy from each tree.

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The grove that we chose to spend the most time in was Founders Grove.  We were amazed with the trees that were burned out all the way through and still were growing up above.  The huge burls, and the fauna growing on the downed trees caused us to pause in wonder.  Where one tree had fallen, the size of the splintered wood was awe inspiring.  I can’t imagine the sound of one of these giants falling.

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I’m glad that there have been people that have dedicated their lives to saving these majestic trees. It is so important for all generations to be able to experience them.  I hope people choose to continue preserving them for generations to come.

 

Toto, I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore!

Heading into California, you see things like Eucalyptus trees and Coastal Redwoods, and you know you are not in the Pacific Northwest anymore.

After dropping off the RV we headed to Samoa beach to run the dogs. ‘Samoa was given its current name in honor of a contemporary crisis in the Samoan Islands in 1890s. It was assumed that its harbor was similar to the harbor of Pago Pago in American Samoa, and the town was consequentially named Samoa. It was originally known as Brownsville, named for James D.H. Brown, who was the owner of a dairy ranch established in 1859.’-wikipedia (see previous post for pics of dogs on Samoa Beach).

Having worked up an appetite we went to the Samoan Cookhouse, one of the last remaining lumber style cookhouses catering to the lumberjacks.  There were historic pictures of all the enormous trees that they logged and the culture surrounding the logging community throughout the cookhouse.

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The food was plentiful and delicious. We arrived in time to have breakfast which included orange juice, coffee, tea, scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, link sausage and French toast made with fresh baked bread.

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Driving through the historic part of Eureka you see awe-inspiring homes many built of redwood.  One of the best known homes is the Carson Mansion (first pic).  In addition to the redwood, primavera or “white mahogany” from Central American, as well as other exotic woods and onyx front the Philippines, India, Central America and Mexico were used in the building of the mansion.  I really would like to return here, there is so much more to see and do.   The next post will be on our tour through the Avenue of the Giants.

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Didn’t I leave WA?

A 130 mile drive from Winchester Bay and we had arrived at Brookings, OR.  We stayed at an Elks there, power and water for $20.

We washed the vehicles at a car wash as they were covered in road grime, and when we returned to the RVs I noticed one of my lynch pins for my tow hitch was missing. 😦  I drove to a local RV store and they actually opened up a tow package kit and sold me one of the pins.  Such nice guys!  Todd and Janet went to the Elks for dinner and had a delicious prime rib. I decided to make a sandwich and side salad for dinner and it filled the void.  😉

Even though it was rainy in Brookings, we did get the dogs a walk in on the beach during a break in the drizzle.  The surf was wild, crashing against the rocks.  I love the beaches around Brookings with the sea stacks out in the surf. Only a couple of other people with their dogs were walking on the beach.

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The drive into CA and all the way to Eureka was rain, rain, rain.  We had a small break when we stopped at the Trees of Mystery.  I was really hoping to get out and stand among the giant redwoods but where they were closest to the road, it wasn’t conducive to parking two large RVs.  I’ve traveled by car through the redwoods, but the memories are a bit dim.  I guess that means another trip will be in order, maybe camping close enough to drive around to the different areas.

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We’re now staying at another Elks, in Eureka.  This location has full hookups for $25 a night.  We will be here for 3 days, and the weather is supposed to turn nice tomorrow! Whoohooo!!!

Do you know the way, to Winchester Bay?

 

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If not, I hope you get the chance to find your way there.  It is in a beautiful location, wide expanses of beach, which at this time of year are empty of other people/dogs.   Large sand dunes that are marred by ORV tracks but still spectacular to look at are all along the beach.

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Winchester Bay RV Resort has spacious sites for various types and lengths of RVs.  Ours were pull in with extra space for your towed vehicle, full hookups for $30 a night.  There are clean, large bathrooms, and a laundry facility ($1.50 to wash $2.00 to dry).  Waterfront sites are available and super sites that are up to 85 feet long! If you don’t have an RV a couple of rental cabins are an option.

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They have fat tire beach bikes for rent for $10 hour/$25 four hours/$40 day. The marina is close for fishing trips, or eating at one of the great little restaurants.  The closest town is Reedsport, where you can find great dining as well as a beautiful Myrtlewood factory with all sizes of treasures you can buy for yourself or a gift for someone special.

Our first day here the weather was beautiful. We had a delicious lunch at Fishpatrick’s Crabby Café.  The fellow running the place did it all, took our order, cooked and served our meals.  He made the clam chowder fresh that morning and the calamari strips came with fresh double fried French fries and cole slaw.  I couldn’t eat it all and had to take some back to the RV for another meal.

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After lunch we went to the beach and walked among all the pyrosomes (tropical, tube shaped animals not normally seen in these waters. They can grow to be more than 60 feet, though the ones around here are have been about finger to pickle size)  of different sizes and seafoam was scuttling along in the wind.  The dogs had a great time, racing back and forth and smelling the good smells.

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After the dogs had their fill of running around we took a drive up to the Umpqua River Lighthouse. It is the first lighthouse that was built on the Oregon, and you can climb the spiral staircase up the 65 feet to the top.  The light itself is made of beautiful red and white prisms.   We drove back up after dark and it was awe inspiring watching the lights play in the tree branches surrounding the lighthouse.  I hear it’s eerie, and would love to see it when it’s foggy.

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Today,  we were able to get a quick trip to the beach in before the rains started. It made for an indoor kind of day to finish off our visit to the area.

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