On The Road...

Trip Start Jul 26, 2010
Trip End Aug 17, 2010

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Monday, August 2, 2010

Hey everyone, we hope you are all well.
It's been a few days since we last did a proper update, so i think it's about time we tell you some more tales of our 101 journey.

In our last email we said we were based in Lincoln City and that we were aiming to get to San Francisco by the end of the evening - or so we thought!
So in the morning we set off and started to drive down route 101. It was fairly cloudy and foggy, but as we cruised along we saw some really great sights along the coast. The sea and the hill tops were stunning and at ceratin points along the coast the view really took our breath away. We kept stopping at the view points, and I (Neen), kept screaming 'stop' everytime we saw a surf shop and the really nice expensive fudge shop - they do good fudge out here! (Still not as good as Brixham or Buckfast Abbey, Mum & Dad).
Just a little while later after this, we came across some great little hideaways on the drive. At one point we pulled off the road and drove down a steep hill to a small and private beach based next to the clifftops under a passing bridge. It was here we dipped our toes for the first time in the Pacific sea and even attempted climbing some tree stumps! Just for the record, i (Tiff) got the furthest, and I (Neen) do not care :)

One of the first proper places we stopped at in the afternoon, was a
place on the coast which had sea lions on the shore. Based on the hill
top, we entered the attraction and took a lift 200ft down to the insides
of a cave. Inside we were able to look across to a collection
of sea lions on the opposite side of the water. It was really cool to
see such a great and natural hideaway for these animals, although it was
really cold and breezy by the shore!. Furthermore when we went back to
the top we saw even more sealions along the edge of the beach.

It was around 7.30pm when we were in a place called Cresent City and thanks to my Mum (Neen) we realised that we actually had another whole day to travel to San Franciso! For some strange reason, we had miscalculated our dates and had assumed we needed to be in San Fran by the end of the night, *cough* *cough* becuase Tiff said it, lol. Luckily this was wrong and we instantly became releaved at the thought of not having to drive an addiotnal 400+ miles by the end of the day. So we found ourselves a snazzy but neat motel and settled in for the evening.    

So on Tuesday morning when we woke up in the Curly Lodge motel and after another scrumpcious breaksfast at our favirote Denny's diner, we again started driving.
As we started to make our down our way down the 101, we started to pass through the Redwoods. For those of you who don't know, these are the woods that are famous for the warm red colour and also being the home to the tale/truth of Bigfoot.
One of the first places we stopped along the route was a place called the Trees of Mystery. This is a place known for it's enormous and humourous trees. Once parked up and having paid our entry, we were introduced to some of the tallest trees we had ever seen, some reaching 300ft! Inside the park we also went on a sky ride above the trees, which I (Tiff) found pretty scary in itself!, and I (Neen) kept rocking the cart we were in! At the top of the hill, we were able to see for a few miles, however due to being so high, fog and mist caused restricted visability. We also saw some chipmunks up here - Alvin, Simon and Theodore!
So, once down from the cable car, we then continued with the car and progressed onto the next leg of the journey.

A further hour or two down the line, we changed our route slightly to explore the famous Avenue of the Giants. Incase you wanted to know, these are trees that are actualy really, really huge - bigger than the other ones. It was along this part of the drive that we also stopped at the Eternal Treehouse; a small treehouse made out of a stump of a tree - we were able to go into the tree trunk and have a look.

As you can tell we were having a really treemendous day! (that was a Nina joke)

Next, we headed to the Drive-thru Tree, which suprise, suprise is a tree you can actually drive though. It is so big, that we could actually just drive our big 4x4 jeep through it (we did have to push the wing mirrors in though).

With all of our tree based stops completed, we knew we really had to make progress with our journey to San Francisco. Being dedicated to driving down the entire west coast of America, we decided to pick up rooute 1 and stick to the coast in a southerly direction. However by 10pm, we were encountering a few problems along the way. The road was taking us up and down some really steep hills, and before we knew it we had the challenge of driving in really heavy fog aroud some really dangerous clifftops. (We can only describe it as driving through a scene from the Blair Witch movie). Along the way we were having some pretty scary thoughts, along with having elk jump out on us, but had to concentrate and continue on with the aim of getting to San Francisco.
After a few hours of driving in such testing conditons we decided to try and link up with the highway again. Hours later at 3.15am we were driving over the Golden Gate bridge and into San Francisco. Finally by 4am we had parked our car in the multistorey car park down the block and were in our hotel room. Sleep at last!

So yep, that's our journey after Fossil and into San Francisco.

We miss you all and we are thinking of you!

Wish you were here

Neen and Tiff xx

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Justin on

Told you that you would love Denny's!

Have fun! Give my love to Armistead!


mick and sally on

great pics looks amazing take care have fun in san fran sally says her stones t shirt looks good love ya

Marie :-) on

Wow you guys look like your having an awesome time!! :-D
These pics are well good! and having a blog is a wicked idea!

Stay safe yeah, and happy traveling!! speak to you both soon! (I'll be keeping an eye on your updates) :-P

Lots of Luv Maz -x-

Fran on

It's good to hear that you guys are on the other side of the pond and found time to have a tree stump climbing contest! CONGRATULATIONS TIFF! Commiserations Neen.... Anyway, glad to hear you are both having a fabulous time. Muchos lovos xx

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