Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Northly Migration

We have finished our migration north almost feeling like the whales that move up and down the coast. 

After leaving the National Parks we headed to Travis AFB, just out of San Francisco.  It was amazing the temperature change from the coast to just 30 miles inland.  On the day we went into the city, it was 58 on the north side of the Golden Gate and 102 in Fairfield just about 30 miles as the crow flies.
Well hallelujah we have pictures back.
While in SF we did all the usual sites; Coit Tower - closed and we could only look up.  Expected Clint Eastwood to be around. :), Fisherman's Wharf - Lots of people and not many places to park but a nice place to have lunch.; Drive through town - not many yards in any of the areas we went by.  All the houses share walls in almost all areas of town.  Went by several city parks and all were full of people doing all kinds of things, they just have no where else to go (no yards).  We did go to Lombard Street which is the most crooked street in America to see the mass confusion going on there.  We walked there from the Fisherman's Wharf area and wow, those are some good hills. (I looked for Steve McQueen (Bullet) to come whizzing by)  We also drove down Lombard Street just to say we were there. :)

After SF we headed up the long awaited Highway 101 for the start of our northerly migration.
The first stop was Fortuna, CA.  It was a nice park just off the highway.  We road up to several sights in the area.  The first was a ride to the beach at Samoa where we found a tourist in his "dune buggy".  He needed assistance in the worst way.  Luckily I had my strap to pull him out of the sand.
We then rode up the coast to Prairie Creek Redwood State Park.  There was a nice 7 or 8 mile road through the Big Redwoods.
A funny story was when we were driving back down the road and saw a sign with an arrow that said "Big Tree".  We stopped and there were some big trees in the direction of the arrow.  There was also a little footpath leading through the ferns (which were chest high).  I traipsed off looking for the big tree.  There were several all around and I couldn't consider one any bigger than the other so I took pictures of all of them.

We got back in the truck and drove about 75 yards and there was the parking lot for the "Big Tree".  The joke was on me. :)

It was a beautiful area, but there was more to see. :)


  1. Glad you and Caroline are having a good time.
    Kathy and I definitely want to see those big Redwood Trees.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

  2. At least you got to see that big tree. Even if it took two tries... ;c)