Out on the Open Road

Trip Start Jul 24, 2013
Trip End Aug 02, 2013

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Glass Beach, Fort Bragg, California
Redwood National Park

Flag of United States  , Oregon
Tuesday, July 30, 2013

After a good night's sleep in our awesome room with a pretty cool view of the ocean, we headed out to find the glass beach in Fort Bragg. Thankfully Denny's was on the way (blueberry pancakes, hashbrowns, 2 eggs and chicken sausage for $6.99? Yes, please!) so after breakfast we headed up the road and to the beach! This beach is very unique because for years people were dumping their garbage into the ocean and although a clean up effort was eventually done, most things were broken down except for the glass, which now is in little pieces that look sanded and are rounded off. These pieces of glass are everywhere amongst the rocks, and this morning we happened to get there at low tide, so there was a ton on the beach. The sign specifically says to not take any of the glass, but when we were there people were taking Ziploc bags full - which is sad because eventually the glass will start diminishing! We climbed some rocks and got some great views of the ocean - it truly is a very unique and beautiful area. As we were leaving we noticed a whole bunch of guys in orange suits doing some work in the grass, and then noticed that they had the word "PRISONERS" written on their suits. They must have been doing community service or something...I won't lie, it was a little creepy!

After spending some time at the beach, we found a Safeway and bought a couple sandwiches and snacks for our 7 hour journey today. Hitting the road, we took the Pacific Coast Highway, which is California highway #1 and US highway 101. There was a mixture of super curvy roads through the trees, and highways overlooking the ocean. It was gorgeous! We stopped a few times on the side of the road at the turn outs so we could take some pictures. I definitely recommend the drive down this highway - it takes a little bit longer but it's 100% worth it.

We got to the Redwood National Park in about 4 hours or so, and we found a hiking path to go up and have a picnic. There weren't a lot of people around and not many animals or bugs (so we could hear any way) so it was quiet and beautiful. The redwood trees were some of the largest in the world!

After that we headed back on the road, had a quick pit stop in Klamath for a bathroom break and some beef jerky, and then headed all the way to Coos Bay. We've been monitoring gas prices along the way and trying to fill up when it's not as expensive. It's a very interesting contrast to Edmonton - throughout the states there aren't really "gas wars" - all gas stations put their price at pretty much whatever they want. Even some that are only meters away from each other are 10 cents apart - it's quite odd! We also learned that in Oregon it's actually against the law to fill your own gas tank - all the pumps are full serve! Totally throws me off because I never usually stop at full serve gas stations in the city.

We made it to Coos Bay at around 9:00PM. Unfortunately we missed the sunset on the ocean, but maybe we'll see the sunrise tomorrow. Looking forward to tomorrow - it's a little less than a 4 hour drive to Portland and we are going to spend the day there. I've heard such good things so it should be fun!

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