Coastal Scenes around our Chinook RV campground

Trip Start Jun 15, 2013
Trip End Oct 01, 2013

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Chinook RV Park

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Monday, July 29, 2013


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Early in the day (about noon for us) Pete and I drove to Crescent City to find a hand pump we could use to transfer the antifreeze from the container to my motorhome radiator in the hopes of solving the problem of the 'alarm buzzer' going off on the longer climbs.  We HAVE to fix this as the computer will shut down the big 400 Cummins Turbo shortly after the alarm sounds AND our next leg of the trip will be in very narrow winding roads with no shoulders and STEEP grades---so a big motorhome pulling a jeep blocking the road will NOT be a pretty sight.  Found what we needed and back at camp used the pump to make the transfer---the radiator took the full gallon and brought the level up to just below the 'max' line.  Should be OK now--at least hope so but won't know until we head out on the road on August 1.

After taking down one of the day/night blinds that failed in our coach, Pete and I put up the new replacement.  Then we got the girls and headed out to check out the coast line, an old building that housed a defensive gunnery during world war II, and a neat pull out with a view of the ocean above the Klamath River mouth.

Today I decided to work on removing the decals on the front of the motorhome. The heat has pealed them partially off and the front looks really tacky.  The first ones came off easily leaving the sticky residue, which proved difficult, but Harlan found some Goo Gone in the bay and that worked slick.  I had to bring in the heat……hair dryer to get the other stickers off.  I've got the word "Gold" left.  Of course, those are the really large letters.

We took one of the scenic drives in the late afternoon, the coastal drive loop.  The road winds up above the mouth of the Klamath River as it empties into the Pacific Ocean.  There’s a sandspit that divides the two bodies of water.  The Yurok Indian tribe fishes for salmon with gil-nets at the mouth of the river and back up towards our rv park.  At the first overlook there’s a large white cross and a fenced, private cemetery.  Judy and I agreed that whoever had selected this point has a spectacular resting place.

We drove on up the ocean side of the mountain and found the World War II radar station disguised as a farmhouse and barn.  We hiked down to take a look.  The structures were built of concrete block, but it was covered by barn wood to disguise it.  The soldiers had a perfect view of the ocean and nobody would have known they were there.  As we’ve learned over the years, there were many lookouts like this up and down the coast.

The last stop on the loop was the High Bluff Overlook, where we had a magnificent view of the rocks and surf below.  It’s a wild coast, but nothing like what we’ll see in Oregon.  We saw pelicans and cormorants in the water and on top of the rocks.  There’s no better way to relax than to breath in the salt air and listen to the surf.

We want to ride the Trees of Mystery gondola, so we drove up to their location to check on the hours and prices for Tuesday or Wednesday.  Rather than cook we saw a restaurant across the highway, the Forest Café, and decided to try it.  It was decorated as a coastal forest and the ceiling was painted as the river above us with duck feet and hanging from the ceiling.  Quite an optical illusion…..Someone is pretty creative!
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