Goin' back to Cali
Trip Start Dec 22, 2006
97Trip End Feb 10, 2008
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I'm sure a lot of you are wondering how life in the van is going and we are happy to announce that we are adapting nicely. We don't have much room as it is, so we are forced to keep the van tidy. Which is not that hard for either one of us as we are both somewhat "neat-freaks". We have a lot of storage space and as we eat all the food we brought over from Calgary, we are slowly getting more. The wine collection we brought with us is also slowly depleting, but we're not concerned as we will be driving through wine country and will be able to stock up for cheap. Since we've been in California, we have already purchased and consumed several bottles of "cheap" vino....times are good! We are also very happy that we upgraded to the 8 cubic foot fridge - very handy. 'Nilla herself has been amazing. She's big, bulky, makes weird creaks, groans and squeaks...but the girl can ride. Gas has been our biggest expense thus far and I'm sure that will not change anytime soon. We'll let you know later on if we're still enjoying our confined living space ;).
Anyway, back to our travels. We passed through Crescent City, CA and stopped to take a picture of the large seals outside the Ocean World gates. Why did we not go in you ask? Why, because it was closed of course. It's all for the best though...we don't want to spend too much money in the States. We did however fork out some cash to walk through the Trees Of Mystery. Redwood trees are extremely resilient. It's amazing the conditions they can grow through. Check out the photos and watch for the Family tree that has 12 trees growing directly out of it's branches and the tree that was struck by lightning, burned from the inside and yet still stands.
From there we drove the "Avenue of the Giants" to get to our next night spot. It was dusk as we entered the "Avenue", and it turned pitch black immediately as the redwood trees are so large and so dense that sunlight has a hard time finding it's way in. We did pass a hippy commune with a large "Impeach Bush" banner posted on the fence. There was a mass collection of broken-down vehicles and rickety camping structures - it was late, dark and creepy, so we decided not to stop in for some herbal tea and a quick peace pipe. After an hour and a half of driving on slow (max. 15 mph) and windy roads, we arrived at Redwood River RV Park in Legget, CA. Good night!