We left Manteca on Wednesday morning and drove to Ukiah, California without incident. We stopped for lunch in Santa Rosa at a Chick-fil-A and took this picture.
That’s about all that happened on our way to Ukiah. We stayed in a really nice, new hotel and the room was great.
We left Ukiah on Thursday morning under cloudy skies! It’s been ages since we’ve seen clouds. We drove on the ‘Avenue of the Giants’ and saw lots of big coastal redwoods. They practically grew right on the road.
When we got to the Redwoods National Park we also arrived at the Pacific Ocean once again.
We walked on the beach a bit, it was a little cooler than we’ve been used to lately.
As we continued on our way, traffic was stopped for some elk on the road. There were a bunch of them including a couple of really big ones. I would have never guessed we would see something like this in California.
We went for a little hike in the Lady Bird Johnson grove of coastal redwoods. Again, the trees were amazing. You’d think we’d get tired of looking at them but they continue to amaze.
The tree bark is really interesting.
The terrain is really different here, so green and lush compared to the desert like conditions of the sequoias. It’s really beautiful and reminds us of home.
This evening, we checked in to a new hotel in Klamath, California. It’s about the only thing in Klamath, California. We had a great meal in an odd place recommended by the lady at the front desk. It was a 7-11 type market with some tables in the back where we had yummy homemade chicken and dumplings.
Tomorrow we’re heading to Coos Bay, Oregon by way of Gold Beach. It’s supposed to be rainy so we’ll have to wait and see how much sightseeing we do. Like I said, it’s beginning to remind us of home.