The Drive

Trip Start Jun 18, 2008
Trip End Jun 21, 2008

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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Ok....we made it.

We actually didn't leave until 1:15 p.m. but we decided to just relax and take it slow.  We enjoyed really good turkey and cheese sandwiches (thanks to my wonderful wife) and pumped up the ipod with the Fort Bragg mix.  As I type I can't get the song "lovely day" out of my head which was on the playlist of course.  None of us had ever been to Fort Bragg which is part of the reason we are here now.  

The trip started out at a fast pace.  We worked our way through Marysville and Yuba City and then hit the town of Colusa.  Although it looked a bit run down, there was something about it that really was very quaint.  We noticed a really cool old brick building so we pulled over to snap a few photo's.

We continued on and it wasn't too long before we hit the edge of Clear Lake.

Wow!  It was much nicer than any of us imagined.  The lake was huge and the large round hills that surround the lake were quite green with dense forest.  Not the giant redwoods but still very nice.  It felt like we followed the lake for 30 minutes or so.  Every turn we thought the lake ended but it stretched around each bend.  We didn't stop even though I thought about it.  I think we were all very excited to get to our hotel in Fort Bragg that we wanted to push on.

We also stumbled upon several other smaller lakes that were both very nice as well along with part of a hill that had this cool red sand exposed.

We hit the town of Willits about 4:15 p.m. and we were welcomed with a sign that called the town "The Gateway to the Redwoods".  Not very long after we passed that sign did we realize how correct it was.

After leaving Willits we started the really curvy section of the trip.  The sign said 28 miles of curvy roads if I remember correctly.  Maria struggled a bit with motion sickness and she was definitely glad when this portion of highway was over but it was probably my favorite part of the drive.  The Redwoods were so tall and the forest was very dense.  We would go from shadow to light and at times it felt like we were driving into darkness.  The Redwoods almost run all the way to Fort Bragg.  I was totally surprised by the fact that you can actually see the redwoods from the town itself.  As you descend from the Redwoods almost instantly you see the Pacific Ocean and the cliffs of Fort Bragg.  We arrived at Fort Bragg around 5:15 and the best part- The car thermometer said it was 58 degrees.  Quite a change from the 100 degree plus weather back home in Lincoln.  This is where our holiday began.....
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