Couldn’t resist sharing a couple parting shots.
Tomorrow will be spent getting this show ready to go on the road…
We’ve spent more time in and around the harbor in Trinidad than anywhere else on this North Coast.
We’ve caught sunrise and sunsets from one spot, drowned a Nikon beside one of its rocks, and climbed/walked miles and miles of trails around its edges.
One intriguing feature has been a very small island out in the bay, and a cleft in some rocks around the side that faces the open sea…that causes quite a geyser when the tide is right and the waves are great.
We finally got a shot of it in action…
As we say Goodbye for now, we leave with a backward glance at the western sky…
Sorry for the silence…been a little occupied with Ryan, adjusting some of his meds…
The shaking we felt about 10 days ago was quite an earthquake directly offshore about 50 miles from where we’re parked! No drama beyond about 20 seconds of shaking.
The shaking you feel on March 17 will be the result of our celebrating the 21st anniversary of Robyn’s 39th birthday!
We’ve been celebrating all month, but we took a special drive to catch a last look at some of her favorite things…because of her birthday, but also because we head east this Wednesday on our way to Dayton!
We have enjoyed soooo much the bounty of nature on this North Coast of California! Of course, it has also been a special joy to be parked 5 miles from Robyn’s dad and his wife!
As we leave here, we head to Orlando for some special alignment work on the Big Taxi chassis, then up to Sharon’s place in Albemarle, NC for a few days, and finally to Dayton. Jared will fly in to meet us at Sharon’s, and will ride with us to Dayton!
Then here’s a special kicker: we expect to head right back here for the summer!
Things might be a little quiet here on the blog for days as we undertake all the travel and appointments necessary for this major loop. During this trip, we will actually set eyes on the West Coast, Gulf Coast, and East Coast by the time we land in Dayton!
Enough talk. Happy Birthday to my Sweetness…she ain’t over the hill by any measure, she’s just getting started!
These are just a few of her favorite things:
Here’s an interesting tidbit: this portion of the California North Coast gets almost exactly the same average amount of precipitation each year as Dayton!
Different format, mind you.
The biggest difference in weather between here and Dayton is temperature. Here, the average temperature never gets up to 70 and never gets down to 40.
Despite the almost constant fog, the air in general doesn’t feel humid when the fog blows away.
But the combination of fairly cool temperatures and constant application of moisture results in stuff growing. Everywhere.
Not just redwoods.
That’s a service station roof…notice the wood shakes?
You build it, they will come…and grow.
Even trees aren’t left alone…some have a multitude of hitchhikers.
But not always…or forever…
Some days we wander, going from pillar to post, as it were.
We headed into town to check out a small park we’d heard about, and I didn’t have my good camera with me…just the tiny one with the waterproof housing.
It takes such *wide angle* pictures that you sometimes lose track of anything more than 6 feet away. It’s fun to use, but you can’t expect too much from it…it cost less than the standard lens on my Nikon!
This park is called Redwood Park, so we had high hopes…
Check out what greets you at a tight corner just past the entrance sign:
Multiple carvings on the massive base of an ancient tree that fell ages ago!
Did I mention this park is on the edge of a university?
The place was filled with students who were relaxing in a thousand different ways.
That dog grabbing the flying saucer was a pit bull, not the usual border collie!
We hiked a very short way into the woods, to absorb some of the majesty of these tall trees. This stand of redwood has numerous stumps from old growth trees, but it consists of much younger trees. Still, look how they grow out of…and across…ancient fallen trees.
We kept moving, because we wanted to catch a particular beach for sunset. On the way there, we stopped past another beach to check the tide. We were drawn to watch a rock climber who was practicing with a safety rope on the cliff we had just driven around to get there.
On our way to the destination beach, we had to stop because a large herd of elk were using our bridge to conveniently cross a river. As they arrived in the field on the other side, a couple “teenage” elk blew some energy racing around the herd!
What with all the distractions, it was nearly miraculous we made it to the destination beach.
Worth the trouble, eh?
These North Coast shores seem to catch everything…apparently flotsam and jetsam from the Japanese tsunami nearly three years ago is finally washing up hereabouts!
We’ve not run across grotesque stuff, and I don’t make it my hobby to shoot junk…
But we thought you’d enjoy a few of our pictures of shoreline treasures.
Robyn’s dad really enjoys looking for smaller pieces of wood with interesting shapes…he uses them to create mobiles and wind chimes!
Some pieces are a bit large for wind chimes, but a scrubbed piece of redwood sure would look lovely in the back yard…
Ross and Ryan found the perfect use for a large piece…