When my two boys and I set out for the NorCal/Oregon coast, I myself was so excited to see everything that I had planned for the trip. A 11 day vacation with so much crammed into it, I wasn’t sure how the timing would work out. Pretty notorious for planning way too much in too little time.
The first day was mostly just driving. We took the long haul from SLC to Reno, and crashed there for the evening. You can usually find a decent room at a casino for like $35 a night. And it had a pool, so the boys enjoyed that. Even if the pools chlorine content was about 50% I swear. About burn my eyes out of their sockets.
The following morning we still had quite a bit of driving to get to our next stay. With a quick stop in Truckee for breakfast. Kemry got a breakfast burrito there that was as big as his head… And he has a pretty big head. We went straight across middle California. I remember passing through a town called Clearlake that looked pretty rad. Houses built right on the edge of the lake. Everyone had their very own dock. Seemed like such chill living with mountain air and cool fresh water breeze in the morning. We pressed on to Fort Bragg to see the glass beach. Another amazing little fishing town. The main attraction is the glass beach which was once an old garbage dump. It’s easy to find through google and worth visiting. The sea turned the trash over many decades, forming the glass into rounded stones like clear smooth pearls. I wondered if the sand would eventually return itself..?
As we ventured further up the coast, we passed through the Northern California Redwoods. I had such fond memories of this area from my youth. Remembering two separate vacations in which I had previously passed through. I was so excited to share this with the two people who mean the most to me. We hiked the Tall Tree Grove. An amazing 3 mile loop where we saw the worlds first and second tallest tree. We also took the trail through the Trees of Mystery. Which now has a small tram to some awesome views, and a 1 mile steep hike down if you choose to descend in that fashion. You will see some of the most unusual trees on the planet. The Northern California coast line has a unique environment. Many of which can not be seen anywhere else in the world. Raising the question, ‘How does that happen?’ A question that we would contemplate quite a bit more in the following week as we traveled the Oregon coast.