Camp No More

Trip Start May 03, 2011
Trip End Oct 27, 2011

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Flag of United States  , California
Tuesday, August 16, 2011

So our camping plans for the Redwood Forest area of California was to stay in a campsite right on the beach at an area called Gold Bluffs. Unfortunately you cannot reserve sites at this campground so we had to just show up and hope for availability. We got about 6 miles from the campsite and the road went from being tarmac highway to a bumpy, windy dirt track going throught the forest with the headlights on as the trees were so big they blocked out the sunlight. We also saw signs warning us about the local Elk which frequent the area. Our fears were realised when we finally got to the campsite and found out it was full, so we had to turn around and go back out the exact same way we came in. When we rejoined the highway we came to a bend and there were 5 or 6 flares lit by the side of the road so I slowed right down going around the corner and saw loads of cars parked ahead of us. At first I thought it was an accident but in fact it was a pack of Elk that had decided to rock up by the side of the road and have dinner outside a row of peoples houses! As if it's not bad enough having wildlife at campsites, some people are having to live with it on their front lawns!

We traveled further up the coast, leaving the elk behind, and trying to find another campsite. We got to one right in the middle of the Redwood Forest, and the Camp Host was kind enought to give us a site half price ($17 bargain) for the night, but thankfully we didnt sign up for the full 3 nights we planned as when we got to our site we found it was tiny and completely surrounded by bush and trees. Now, there’s nothing wrong with that per say, but after the few days we’d had, and the sign at our site warning us about wild bears, we weren’t very enthusiastic about camping there! So we immediately started planning for that to be our last night of camping for a while!

The next day we checked out of the campsite and visited the Trees of Mystery! A great little tourist attraction that really showcases the Redwood Forest – the different trees there, the different shapes they can form, and the history of the Redwood area. After walking throught the forest for 20mins we had a great 7min cable car ride which took us above the trees and up to a fantastic viewpoint which really showed off how the fog from the coast can block your view of everything around!

From there we went to Crescent City and checked in to a Motel which was right on the coast. Motels definitely get a bad rep from the movies. Sure they’re basic and kinda overpriced for what they are. But they’re not the dirty holes that you migh think! We had the nicest, longest showers ever then headed out for a movie at the oldest theatre I’ve been to since the Windsor Cinema in Broadstairs shut down. I didn’t know cimenas like this still existed – old school!

Not wanting to spend more time than necessary here we managed to get in touch with Stanzi’s aunt who lives in Grant’s Pass, Oregan and arranged to arrive at her place a day early and really spend some time relaxing before our next camping stint!
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