The Number One and the Redwood Highway...

Trip Start Jun 10, 2007
Trip End Ongoing

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Saturday, February 7, 2009

It was another gorgeous day for a drive so we hit the road and headed up the coast. The views again were spectacular and the vistas that were strewn along the cliffs were stunning. It was hard not to stop at each one to take it in. After bearing down we made it to our stop for the evening in the late afternoon. We chose Mendocino as it was described in our guidebook as having the best vista views in Northern California. Although the views did not disappoint, the most interesting thing about Mendocino was the communal lifestyle. This town is a hemp wearing, organic food eating, "tree-hugger's" paradise. There are no chains of any kind here, all of the eateries and shops are one of a kind and dedicated to the community. Everyone is very pleasant and if you happen to be into this style of living this place would be heaven. After our environmentally friendly stroll we called it a night.
The next morning we made the journey into Oregon. We were lucky enough to drive through the National Redwood Forests. These forests are incredible, they are like nothing else in the world. It is like putting any other forest on steroids. The redwood trees are bigger than we even imagined. We even got to drive through one... yes, we drove our car through one of these trees. It was quite a unique experience. We hiked around the Lady Bird Johnson Grove and watch countless Elk stroll around going about their daily business. They were almost as big as the redwoods. It was an amazing day even if it rained a little. We finally crossed the border and stopped in the town of Brookings, Oregon. Although we didn't arrive until dinner, we found the place to be a little "stripmally". Apparently there is a lovely little harbour and the town is popular with those looking for a nice fishing vacation. Our motel even has a freezer for the guests' fish. You can even have dogs as long as you don't wash them in the rooms. Anyway, tomorrow we are off to Portland for a couple of days.

Megan and Kevin
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