Route 1 Ho

Trip Start Jul 04, 2014
Trip End Aug 04, 2014

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Day 14, Our visit with Louis was so enjoyable, but with the next day, came with the anticipation of being near our half-way destination of Eugene, OR –  Kathy and Shawn’s home, and our pre-family reunion time there before the families start dribbling in, one-by-on.  We left San Francisco with another recommendation to take the scenic route and so we did.  
We were quickly into Wine Country and the scenery changed from the more common rural landscape of farm to farm over long expanses to vineyard to vineyard, over short expanses.  We made a bathroom stop in a very small town.  It was odd to be so close to the metropolis of San Francisco to such a quaint, small country town setting in a one-bathroom-break slice of time. 

Our next stop was Hendy State Park for a lunch break.  Because we were interested in making miles, we didn’t do much Redwood hiking or viewing but it was a quick lunch stop right off the coastal highway.  Our next stop was at the Chandelier Tree, neither the tallest or the “biggest” tree alive on the planet but it’s right up there as a close silver or bronze.  This redwood is on private property but it’s 250’ tall and 21’ wide with a hole in the middle that cars can fit through.  As we paid our five bucks to get in the lady explained that we’d have to drive around the tree because the tunnel wasn’t tall enough to fit our cargo carrier on the top.  Good thing so I didn’t crush it, but we got up close and took some pictures.

From there we tried to make some tracks and made it to Fort Bragg.  We got a motel room – a big suite – a treat to have extra space and then got back into the car to see the Glass Beach before sunset.  We arrived and Paula and Isabelle hurried off the scout out the location before Matt and I made the walk from the big parking lot far from the glass.  As it turned out, Paula and Izze returned to the car with thumbs down.  They said there wasn’t much glass there and that it wasn’t worth the trouble of Matt walking out there. 

Although there are lots of positive Yelp comments and I can’t give a firsthand commentary, this is the only spot that did not meet or exceed expectations.  So, although it’s a major bummer, considering the vast landscape and number of miles and stops of this journey, one bummer isn’t too bad.
So “yea” to Wine Country, the Pacific Coastal Highway and the redwoods; and “nay” to the Glass Beach in Fort Bragg; “that’s all I have to say about that” (Forest Gump).   Tomorrow it’s Eugene. 

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Ruth on

Hi all, thanks for taking me along on this trip of a lifetime with your family, I have enjoyed each day. Thinking of you all, continue to have a fun time!

phil and beryl on

Jean has been sending us your blog--It has been fun to follow you across the country. love the pics some we say we were there and others "we should have gone there!!" So glad you got to see so much! Enjoy OREGON have a great trip back to Florida

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