Just a little slice of paradise...
Trip Start Jun 04, 2011
8Trip End Jun 18, 2011
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We started our day back in Brookings, OR, and our first thought was, Throw open those blinds and let's see this view! Needless to say, the oceanview from our room was breathtaking. We spent a good half hour watching people with puppies run up and down the beach, playing in the crashing waves. Which made us wonder...is Mavi a water dog? We'll have to find out this summer! But back to Brookings....what a lovely town! Set around a port, there are oceanviews from any spot in town. Wonderful! However, breakfast this morning? Not so wonderful. We wanted to grab something quick so we settled on McDonald's so we could eat and drive at the same time
On the road to good ole California was next on the agenda, and it wasn't long before we had crossed the border and entered the majestic Red Woods. The sheer size of these things is almost impossible to comprehend until you are standing right next to one, looking like an ant in comparison. We came upon the Trees of Mystery and were told by Kory's friend Kyle it was worth a stop so we pulled in...and found a giant Paul Bunyon and a giant Babe in the parking lot. Pretty cool! There was a trail going up through the forest that was amazing...so many huge trees, some fallen giants, and tons of pretty wildflowers. The SkyTrail was a gondola that took you up (waaaaay up) to an observation deck that literally had you looking DOWN on these amazingly tall giants. Kory enjoyed it, while I...was...terrified!!!! At one point I actually had to put my head between my legs and take deep breaths (while squeezing the life out of Kory's poor hand)...just a little too high and unstable for this girl
After the Trees of Mystery came a long winding trip through the Red Woods (with a quick stop in Eureka for lunch at Applebee's, mmmm!) until we reached the Avenue of Giants. To sum up the Avenue in one word would be INCREDIBLE! The road was twisting and turning, taking us uphill and downhill and all around, while the trees stretched up around us for what seemed like miles! We made stops along the way for pictures to try and demonstrate the enormous size of these monsters because they were just blowing us away. We even went through the infamous Drive Thru Tree (barely squeaked through!). Soon we were back on Highway #1, which proved to be the scariest drive yet - sharp twists and turns at max speeds of 10-15 mph took us up...and up...and UP. We made the mistake of looking over the side of the road, only to realize we were ridiculously high up...and worse, hardly a guardrail in sight! Geez Louise, Kory was white-knuckled to the steering wheel and sweating bullets while I was trying not to faint...or barf. Needless to say, we were more than happy to get back onto the coastal stretch of the highway and see the ocean again. That is one view we will never get sick of! We stopped at a view point to take pictures and relax for a moment after that stressful drive
Now we're back in our cottage...our home away from home for the next 2 days...and we couldn't be happier. Feet up, TV on, enjoying a few slices of pizza as the wine chills...the hot tub awaits! Perfect ending to a perfect day in California...the first of many to come this week, I'm sure.
Tomorrow's agenda is: #1) find a store that sells water shoes, and #2) head to MacKerracher State Park to find the tidal pools! It's going to be an adventure for sure.... :)