Out on the Open Road
Trip Start Jul 24, 2013
7Trip End Aug 02, 2013
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Glass Beach, Fort Bragg, California
Redwood National Park
After spending some time at the beach, we found a Safeway and bought a couple sandwiches and snacks for our 7 hour journey today. Hitting the road, we took the Pacific Coast Highway, which is California highway #1 and US highway 101. There was a mixture of super curvy roads through the trees, and highways overlooking the ocean. It was gorgeous! We stopped a few times on the side of the road at the turn outs so we could take some pictures. I definitely recommend the drive down this highway - it takes a little bit longer but it's 100% worth it.
We got to the Redwood National Park in about 4 hours or so, and we found a hiking path to go up and have a picnic. There weren't a lot of people around and not many animals or bugs (so we could hear any way) so it was quiet and beautiful. The redwood trees were some of the largest in the world!
After that we headed back on the road, had a quick pit stop in Klamath for a bathroom break and some beef jerky, and then headed all the way to Coos Bay. We've been monitoring gas prices along the way and trying to fill up when it's not as expensive. It's a very interesting contrast to Edmonton - throughout the states there aren't really "gas wars" - all gas stations put their price at pretty much whatever they want. Even some that are only meters away from each other are 10 cents apart - it's quite odd! We also learned that in Oregon it's actually against the law to fill your own gas tank - all the pumps are full serve! Totally throws me off because I never usually stop at full serve gas stations in the city.
We made it to Coos Bay at around 9:00PM. Unfortunately we missed the sunset on the ocean, but maybe we'll see the sunrise tomorrow. Looking forward to tomorrow - it's a little less than a 4 hour drive to Portland and we are going to spend the day there. I've heard such good things so it should be fun!