Elk, Whales, and Fountain Coke

Trip Start Jun 20, 2012
Trip End Jul 16, 2012

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Saturday, July 7, 2012

AHH…sleeping in feels so good! We needed that! My eyes didn't even open until 9:00. Usually I’m awake several times throughout the night. I must be very relaxed on this vacation/road trip. I am remembering my dreams…I don’t think I ever get into REM sleep at home because I never recall any dreams. This feels pretty good!

Blogger’s note: Yesterday was the "5th anniversary" of our accident. I didn’t mention it to anyone in our family, but it was on my mind all day. I feel so blessed that five years later we are on the road in our RV, living our dream! God is good!

It is very cool here. (Sorry, I know you’re suffering at home.) The temperature in the morning is mid to upper 50s. It never gets above 65 all day. It’s pretty cloudy. Every once in a while the sun peeks out, but not for long. We find out that this is the weather pretty much all year round. Their winters get about 10 degrees cooler…and rain. Lots of rain, never snow. When I asked about sun, the comment was, “What’s that?” Chase commented that it feels like the setting for Twilight. I agree…vampires could totally live here. We wore pants and sweatshirts all day. I told the kids to enjoy it, because tomorrow it’s back into the hot zone again.

We took our time this morning, had a late breakfast, then walked to the office to find out the “must dos” in the area. We decided to travel south again, about 25 miles to Prairie Creek State Park and then work our way back up. There’s Elk Prairie in the state park. We were hoping to see some elk. Unfortunately, we didn’t see any at that spot. One of the rangers said she had spotted some this morning about 12 miles further south. Honestly, the thought of driving 25 more miles to MAYBE see some elk did not appeal to me. There were also other things we wanted to do that were back in the northern direction. We made the decision to turn back and go north again. Cooleys are hard-core…they headed south.

We traveled about 3 miles back up the road and what do you know…elk! There were 7 buck standing right by the road eating. They were on our side, so I was able to get some awesome pictures and video. We were close enough that I could have gotten out and touched them. Obviously they are used to traffic/people because they weren’t spooked at all by all the cars stopping. I grabbed my phone to call the Cooleys, but then Taylor reminded me – no service. (We found out later that they found a herd further south.)

Our next stop was further up the road…High Bluff. Wow! Truly was a high bluff. Chase is a typical 14 year old boy…no fear. One slip of the foot and you’re over the bluff, down in the rocks/Pacific Ocean. There were boulders everywhere. Troy and Chase were climbing all over. Troy would love to stay here for a week just to explore all the trails. It truly is awesome. I see a similar trip in our future…no kids, taking our time to enjoy the landscape. Who would like to join us? Bonus: On our way back to the car Troy spots a whale...actually 3 whales! I was not quick to react so I only saw the top of one going back down into the water. We were able to hear it blow too. Very cool.

Unfortunately, our time is limited and we have to move on. We stopped at the Trees of Mystery. There was a trail of trees that have grown in very mysterious ways. Of course they’re huge, hundreds, if not thousands of years old, and beautiful. We took the Sky Trail (kind of like a monorail) up into the trees. It was awesome being at the top of the redwoods. Crazy!!

Our main goal for this evening is to get back at a decent time, eat, relax, shower, and get to bed early. We have a long day of driving tomorrow. We decided to head back to the camper. We had ONE MORE thing to do…find a fountain Coke!! It’s been 3 days since I’ve had one. Yes, I said 3 days!! To some of you that’s not a big deal. If you know me, you know that’s a big deal for me.

Jackpot! Crescent City has a Subway…now Mama’s happy once again. We go back to the camper, make delicious homemade pizza for supper, take a walk around the campground, play some UNO, then settle in for the evening. It has been a slow relaxing day…Just what we needed.

Tomorrow we leave California and start heading east. Kind of sad that our trip is winding down, but we still have some fun ahead of us. We’ll be spending a day in Salt Lake City and a day in Holton Kansas with Brad, Tam, and Jul! We miss you..can’t wait to see you. I’m also excited to be stopping in Denver to see my niece Jenn and meet Joe. (Jenn’s hooking me up with some Turkey Hill tea when we get there!)

As I read over this I realize I have an issue with beverages (among other things).

Tomorrow, off to Reno. We’ll go from 60 degrees to 95 in one day!
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Mamaw Cindy on

Sure glad you got some Coke!! Sounds like you guys are really busy. Can't wait to see more pics! I didn't think about yesterday's date. Thanks again for the update. Really enjoy reading what you are doing. Think about u every day hoping someday we can go out there. Probably not with our RV!!!

Mom and Dad on

Checking in over at the neighbors to catch up with your Blog. WOW what a great job Aim!!! Sounds like you guys are having a wonderful time and lots of fun, keep it up~ We miss you, stay in touch. We Love You!

Christa on

I too am enjoying reading ur blog and look forward to what u all r up to next. Love ya's

Karen on

Your quest to find a coke cracks me up!!!
So glad you're having a great time. LOVE the blog!

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