Time for the weekly update, a new feature on my website. I’ll try to make this a weekly Wednesday thing looking back at my vagabond week.
Let’s see, where was I last Thursday? Oh, right, I was in the middle of five nights at Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, nestled among the redwoods and hard by a beautiful river.
I walked through the Stout Grove, huge redwoods (which is saying something!) and the beauty of it is too much for one photo, so I am working on a gallery of shots. For now, here’s one that I hope gets across the feeling of how tall this big trees are.
Saturday was moving day, from Crescent City down to Eureka, for those of you following along on maps. I like to drive about 2-3 hours in a day, so the winding coast highway, along with several CalTrans road projects meant the roughly 85 mile trip took me about 2.5 hours. Still, worth it to be heading further south, and farther away from a Pacific Northwest winter. I’ve had my fill of those for a while.
Eureka was a bolthole stop, an RV “resort” where my little trailer was the tiny baby amidst a sea of big rigs, most of them there for a while, judging by the setups and the amount of stuff outside each one. I had signed up for two days, enough to get some shore power for serious internet uploads (these photos and posts don’t magically fly up, they need internet connectivity!) and a bit of civilization. And with shore power, I could dry out the trailer, since condensation has been an ongoing problem. This involves jacking the heat up (temp and blower) and using the roof fan to suck air out. After an hour or so, voila, all walls were dry down to the floor! First time in more than a week!
I also explored the south jetty a bit. Rough road, so I didn’t go all the way out to the end, but I did get a nice shot of the whole thing.
I was ready to go on Monday, but the weather kept me pinned down in Eureka one more day. Wind, then rain, then more rain, and I definitely didn’t want to be driving anywhere in that, let alone navigating the narrow snaking road to Fort Bragg. So I signed up for another day and made the most of it. Shopped at the original Holly Yashi store in Arcata (some damage to the budget, but I really love the necklace and earrings I bought) and went to the movies (Deepwater Horizon is one scary movie, and yet, it focuses on the people, and not at all on the ecological damage wrought by the explosion, which was disappointing).
Tuesday morning dawned bright and sunny, so I made the most of up, pumping out, packing up, and hitching up by 10 AM. Took one detour on the way to Fort Bragg, down a section of Avenue of the Giants, which was even more amazing than I remembered it from a road trip with a friend in 2007.
Then it was on to a snaking road through the mountains and over to the coast. Hairpin turns, big trucks barreling down the opposite side of the narrow road, and the only good thing was that no one was following me so I could take my time, and I did. 62 miles in 1 hour and 46 minutes. There was definitely no lead-footing on this drive.
Pulled into MacKerricher State Park just north of Fort Bragg and snagged a sunny spot away from the other half-dozen people encamped in the only loop open this late in the season. Sunny spot = goodness when there is no power pole. I can let my solar panels charge up the battery rather than run my generator. At least that’s the plan, although the incessant rain may change things just a bit over the next few days.
So there you have it, my week in review. Sometimes I think I take too many photos and then other times I think I don’t get enough!