Crescent City, CA Hypothesis...

Trip Start May 04, 2012
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Saturday, July 7, 2012

I have a hypothesis about Crescent City, CA:  Insufficient vitamin D, due to lack of sunshine has resulted in a dumbing down of this community.  
Now, don't get me wrong, this is only one factor that could account for the uneducated and unmotivated lot of folks.  

First of all, this area does not have bars, pubs or really even a bar in their restaurants to sit at & have a cocktail.  This makes me very suspicious!  
Secondly, no one we spoke with that lives in the area full-time ever goes into the forest to hike, bike etc… The Redwoods are incredible, mystical trees and the forest surrounding is lush and full of positive energy.  Absolutely, the parks are the only thing positive about this area and for the residents not to enjoy this phenomenon is just so perplexing to me…
So, we are here for an entire week.  Which is way too long, but we have really enjoyed our hikes and will remember the Redwoods for the rest of our lives.  Crescent City on the other hand will just be a big X on our map of places to never return.  Our RV park this week is basically a parking lot with good wifi.  The majority of the other residents here are on their last dime and probably don't have all that much longer to live.  Very depressing!  
The weather is supposedly poor for this time of year.  Cloudy, foggy, misty and never above 60 for 2/3rds of our week.  When the sun does come out, it is brief and I literally found myself stopping for minutes at a time and standing in a sun spot.  It did not matter if I was in a parking lot, on the side walk or in a trail.  I was soaking it up no matter how small the spot or how long it lasted!  In the trails, the forest is so dense that you really had few opportunities to enjoy the sun spots, but at least it kept the mist off of you and with such vibrant greenery, you really did not notice the cloudy gloom.
4th of July is the big deal here in Crescent City and all the locals are excited to give us the information about how they celebrate.  Which tuns out to be a sort of fair that is erected in the park where cotton candy, port-o-potties and homelessness prevails.  We did sit in the roped off beer garden for 2 drinks; however, no one was socializing much.  Just staring off at the harbor like zombies.  Todd and I had to entertain ourselves with Jose Cuervo Gold and their new zero calorie Margarita Mix back at the RV.  We entertained too quickly and passed out prior to the fireworks.  Oh well, I am sure we did not miss much in comparison to the stellar show Sandestin or Lake of the Ozarks puts off every year.
Hiking:  If you are ever in this area, you must check out this site -  This guy really has put together some wonderful hikes with great maps and descriptions.  We hiked as many of them as we could while here.  My favorite was the Boy Scout Tree trail, but be prepared for some serious mud and jumping.
In summary, don't be fooled by this blog.  The Redwoods are the most amazing forests I have ever encountered in my life!  I could live in there with the fairies and trolls forever and be quite happy; however, I will never return to Crescent City, CA.

Heading out first thing in the morning for Gold Beach, OR for a couple of nights.
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Kim and Jerry Portelli on

Hi! My husband and I are beginning our full-time RV lifestyle in just two weeks. Over the past 18 months we have sold our “bricks and sticks” home, sold all the stuff inside our home, sold our two vehicles, changed our state of residency and secured our first “on the road” seasonal job which begins in early September.

Whew! I’m sure you two can relate to everything we have gone through to make this lifestyle possible.

We are young (in our mid-40s) and in great physical shape. We both love to run, hike and bike. We have both run numerous marathons and Jerry has even accomplished a 50-mile ultra marathon.

By profession, Jerry is a commercial photographer and I am a graphic designer. While we may do some photography and graphic design on the road, we mainly will take on seasonal jobs. Our first job is at Amazon and we will definitely be in Yellowstone National Park to work in 2013.

We plan on following your blog, which we saw on Technomadia. Our blog is if you would like to follow us.

Take care and hopefully we can meet in person somewhere on the road!

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