Trip Start Jul 16, 2009
Trip End Sep 27, 2009

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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Today we drove through the Redwoods National Park and were amazed at the height and diameter of the mighty redwood trees. Many areas of the park are off limits to RVs, but we took the Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway which had little traffic and lots of places to stop and admire the trees and to take short hikes into the forst. We saw a herd of elk happily lying in a field by the road.
We stopped for lunch in Samoa at the Samoa Cookhouse which was built in 1900 for the workers at a nearby pulp mill. It has retained its decor from that time and everyone is served the same meal in bowls on the table and you serve yourself. The portions were generous and seconds were available if you wished.
In the afternoon we followed "The Avenue of the Giants" through more redwood forest areas.
We were surprised and saddened to see the poverty in which many northern Californians live. There were entire towns where the housing was either old trailers or old delapidated shacks. We have seen more "vintage" cars and pickups from the 50s and 60s. In all our travels across Canada I cannot recall ever seeing entire towns that resembled these.
After leaving the redwoods we continued on the 101 through the mountains to camp in Ukiah. The roads went from 4 lanes to 2 in many places where it was impossible to have 4 lanes. In many places the edges of the mountain roads had no guard rails between you and the thousand feet ditches! We were really glad to get to a campsite for the night.
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