Special Guests Bill and Adam Return!

Trip Start Jan 31, 2005
Trip End Mar 30, 2006

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Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park

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Sunday, April 16, 2006

Now that we had a car, it was time to leave Eugene. Our trip through the Pacific Northwest had already been twice as long as we had originally planned, so it was time to make up some ground... But first we needed to make a quick trip to a salvage yard to pick up some parts for our new Subaru, as it likely that there was nowhere else we'd visit that had more Subarus per capita than Eugene. That done, we left Eugene and headed for the Oregon coast, which we'd heard only good things about. It was indeed beautiful, reminding us a lot of South Africa's coast. It also marked the first sun we'd seen in several days, enhancing the overall experience. However, while we were anxious to put to use our camping gear, which Allison's parents had been kind enough to ship out to us, the temperature was still pretty mild and the rains returned that night. We opted to delay our planned tent camping and instead stay in a "yurt," a round one-room "cabin" that are apparently popular in state parks throughout the west coast. We realized it was an extra-good decision when we discovered we'd left our rain coats at Justin's house in Eugene.

The next day we headed south on Highway 1, crossed into California and pulled into Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. We stayed there two nights and took a really long hike through the redwoods and the nearby shoreline. From the redwoods we drove down to Mendocino County, where we visited a few spots where we'd gone on our honeymoon (one stop for a pint of Red Seal Ale at the North Coast Brewing Company's pub in Fort Bragg and then other stops at a few Mendocino wineries we had liked and remembered). After a night camping in Mendocino county we moved on Napa, where we were planning to meet up with our friend Bill, who we had met hiking the Inca Trail while in Peru. Bill had told us he was in the wine industry when we first met him, but it was only when we visited that we learned that he is actually a winemaker. He's been making wine for Burgess Cellars since the winery opened in the early 1970s, and we were impressed to no end. If you ever see a bottle of Burgess Cellars, give it a try. He and his family showed us a great time around Napa Valley for a couple of action-packed days, and we will be forever grateful for their hospitality.

From Napa, we traveled to San Francisco, where we met up with Allison's brother Adam, who has become the most frequent guest in this travelogue (first in India, then in Hawaii, now in California!). Adam is a graduate student at UC Davis, but has lived in San Francisco the last year along with his friend Jeremy, who was also great to see. We had a nice few days exploring his neighborhood (the Mission), hanging out in his apartment and monopolizing the internet while we figured out where we were going next. Yet again, we spent about twice as long a time there as we had planned, but at least we left San Francisco with the rest of our road trip pretty well mapped out.

Thanks again to Bill and Adam for a good time during this part of our trip!
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