Deet and Dirt

Trip Start May 31, 2010
Trip End Jul 11, 2010

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Bluebill Campground

Flag of United States  , Oregon
Tuesday, June 1, 2010

As dictated by Nate to Alyssa somewhere along the 101:

Alright. Day 2 of the roadtrip was a success. If you call getting eaten alive by a swarm of angry mosquitos and poured on a success. The day started off fine, with a complimentary breakfast from the Marriot. After refueling and coffee we drove 8+ hours, stopping only to see the world famous drive through redwood. 5 dollars later, we found out we were too tall for the worlds largest tree, so we just had to drive around it instead of through. We left empty and defeated. After that, it was a nonstop thrill ride to Bluebill Campground. Somewhere between Michael Jackson's 'Thriller’ and P!nk’s ‘So What’, we managed to lose our way to the campsite. We came to the end of a landbridge and realized there were no campsites in site. Nothing but ocean and empty sand dunes. We met a man on an ATV who seemed to be the local tour guide (he was helping another family from Idaho) and he kindly pointed us in the right direction. So we turned around and turned down a street that would have been appropriately marked had it not been under construction.  We pulled up to our campsite where we were warmly greeted by about 15,000 mosquitos from the nearby stagnant swamp. It started to drizzle a little bit, so we decided to set up the tent immediately.  After that, we went back into town to get food, firewood, bug repellent, citronella candles and a flock of hungry birds (Alyssa’s note: we got 4 out of 5 things on our list, guess which one we missed). We made it back to the campsite and it started to rain harder, so we decided to nix the campfire and proceed straight to games inside the tent. We discovered we didn’t have any playing cards, so we played Skip-Bo and Connect 4 until the wee hours of the night, 9:30 pm. At first the light drizzles of rain lulled us gently to sleep.  Then, around 1:00 in the morning, the downpour woke us violently. We tossed and turned off and on from 1:00am to 7:00 when we finally decided it was futile effort to sleep anymore.  Like a bat outta hell, we gathered our stuff, folded our tent and with all inhibitions to the wind we shoved it in the car and put the petal to the metal till we were far away from that land bridge. 

(Alyssa’s P.S.: We also took a small detour early in the day.  For most of the day, we were on Hwy 101, but we decided to take Hwy 1 for a small portion of it.  After a very windy road, we found the coast and drove along that for about 45 minutes by Fort Bragg, before taking a very windy road back. It was beautiful and worth it, but very very windy! We really have gotten to experience so many parts of California (and it’s only the first state we’re driving through!) already.  Vineyards, mountains, and beaches. Really makes you appreciate our beautiful state!!!

Other fun notes from Day 2:

-       There are signs along the coast that say entering/leaving a Tsumani Hazard Zone. Funny.

-       There are many areas of construction along our route, however at one point we were the first car and the flag lady gave us candy!

-       We took a detour because a sign promised elk herds. We only saw 1 from very, very far away. Lame. Not our day for cheesy tourist attractions.

-       Oregon drivers are very slow. Also, they have funny signs. Most of them are just one word, i.e. ELK, CONGESTION, or ROCKS.

-     In Oregon, you cannot pump your own gas. A little attendant comes out and does it for you. We both could never get used to this! (Grammy, you would LOVE IT! haha)

-       The Oregon Sand Dunes are so cool! We just got our first glimpse of them today, and its awesome.  There are huge sand dunes with forests coming out of them. Unlike anything I’ve ever seen.)
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Amy on

The Oregon Sand Dunes are awesome, I agree!

KC on

Malibu also has Tsunami Hazard Zones.

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