Redwood National Forest a must see

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

We saw the Redwood National Forest on our round trip vacation/PA school interview that went from Salt Lake through Boise through Portland down the highway 101 coast line through the Redwood National Forest across the Sierra Mountains to Redding, California through Reno, Nevada and back to Salt Lake City.  On this day we drove from Newport, Oregon to Reno, Nevada seeing not only all the Oregon Coastline but stopping in Bandon, Oregon and Northern California to see the Redwood National Forest.  We camped overnight on the beach in Newport, Oregon and woke up at about 4 am because it was rainy that night and we had a cheap tent.  The campground was cool because we could hear seals or sea lions barking on the coast maybe 200 yards from us.  The coast line was awesome seeing all the wood processing lumberyards down the coast plus all the bridges, ocean, and coastline.  We definately wanted to see the Redwood National Forest.  We had heard the Redwoods were unbelievably huge and that you could drive a car through one but there is no way to believe the size of these until you see them personally.  I still look back on our pictures and cannot believe how large these trees are.  The limbs coming tree were not very large but the trunk and base of the tree were amazingly wide along with the height.  It was really green with some pretty unique plants growing in that area.  A lot of trees with fern that were pretty amazing.  After a few hours there we took off to cross  the sierra mountains to Redding, California.  That drive was unbelievably winding.  I dont remember how many hours it took to cross it but I wish I would have waited until the next day to make that drive.  The scenery was awesome.  California mountains are some of the best.  We made it through Redding and headed toward Reno Nevada where I was pulled over for speeding and got a  $360 dollar speeding ticket.  I was going 16 miles an hour over the speed limit and the cop gave me a ticket for exactly that.  Probably because our plates were out of state.  I wish he would have dropped two miles an hour off and save me a $100 bucks but oh well.  By the time we were getting close to Reno and crossing Donners pass it was really late and the weather was turning for the worst.  My friend Wade called and said they were getting a ton of snow in Reno and the last thing I wanted was to get stuck in a bad snow storm on Donners pass.  We had driven 16 hours that day and we were getting extremely tired.  That is the closest I have been to falling asleep behind the wheel.  Donners pass is a very creepy place.  You get a weird feeling especially when you pass it at night.  The lake is just too still and when you think about being there at that time and what went on there just makes it that much more creepy.  We eventually made it into Reno and to my friends house.  The snow was out of control but it was nice finally being there and being able to stay a few hours the next day and watch a little college football before heading back to Utah.  It was weird waking up in a Rain storm in Oregon, sweating from heat in California, and arriving in a bad snow storm in Nevada all in the same day.  Highway 101 is an amazing drive, to me almost as amazing as the Redwoods but I havent been impressed by anything as much as the size of the Redwoods.
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