Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Our 35 Day Adventure Continued

After leaving San Francisco on Saturday morning (April 28th) , we continued our trek north on the beautiful Highway 101.  Until you reach Eureka, CA the highway is mostly inland, away from the ocean.  We drove until we reached Ukiah and then stopped for lunch and an opportunity to stretch our legs.  Our next stop was Eureka, CA where we stopped and bought a few groceries.   We drove that day until we reached a rest area about 50 miles south of Crescent City, CA.  

The next morning, we continued on thru the Redwoods.  They are truly awesome.  We didn't stop a lot along here because we've been thru this area so many times.  But we did stop at one gift shop (actually I wanted an ice cream bar).   We noticed immediately the large carved bears at the gift shop entrance were carved by a Native American man we have seen in action at the chain saw carving contest in Westport, Washington.  Sandoval is an excellent carver (and also a very nice man) and these giant bears attest to his ability.

We continued on and came to the famous elk herd near the town of Trinidad, CA.  In the fall, the cows are usually herded into a large field right along the highway by one huge bull elk.  But at this time of the year, they were just up the road in a large field, grazing and resting.  They are such an awesome sight.

Our next stop was the Trees of Mystery sight.  Here, we visited the gift shop and took a few pictures. This is the home of Paul Bunyan and Babe his big Blue Ox.  We've gone thru the Trees of Mystery exhibit before, so didn't do that on this visit.  My first visit ever to this area was in 1972 when I was married... my son was just 1 yr old, my daughter was 9 1/2 and we stopped here on our way home from visiting my former husband's family in Ashland,OR and Redding, CA.   I think it's so great that this display has been lovingly maintained over the years for thousands of tourists to enjoy.

Our last stop in the state of California was in Crescent City at a grocery store.  We crossed the state line shortly after 1pm on Sunday April 29th.

Next installment....Oregon and then home.


katie39041 said...

I loved the bearslol. I like the tall one with three or four bears on top of each other. i bet there expensive to buy,that is if there for sale. Loved all the photos again
love and hugs

jlocorriere05 said...

I love your bear nativity set! The carvings are beautiful. You got to see so many places along the way, thanks for sharing them all with us! Jeannette xx  

jeadie05 said...

What are we to do when you come to the end of your trip ,Linda I have so much enjoyed all your pictures what amazing sights you have seen ,and thankyou for sharing Jan xx

kaydeejay5449 said...

The bear sculptures are amazing.  There are a few I would love to have.  So cute and animated.  It's a beautiful part of the state.  SO green and lush.
Hugs,  Kathy

mariealicejoan said...

I am really enjoying this journey you took Linda.  I Loved the Bear sculptures and think that Nativity set is really darling!  How wondeful!  Can't wait to see where you take us next!

sunnyside46 said...

I am going there one day
I am loving your pics

jeanno43 said...

America is such a beautiful country. Thank you for sharing the photos with us.  It was always my dream to visit but it will never be.  Still, I can live some of it through your journal.

ally123130585918 said...

This journey of yours has been so entertaining I don't want it to come to an end ~ those Bears are lovely especially those Golden ones ~ Ally x

fasttrack58 said...

I've been to see Paul Bunyan and Babe when I was a teenager... And yes our water is very cold here, was my first surprise when my family moved to California from Texas.... Will only be 60 degrees in Monterey next week, we will be at the beach in jackets, lol... and why it has been years since I have seen any of these sights is hubby was born and raised in San Jose and getting him to Fresno is the farthest he has been, I tell him Tahoe does not count, lol... I need to get him out on the road and see the sights beyond California...
Linda :)

pm71blackfen said...

Hi Linda,

Sorry for the late comment but I've been away on holiday with my daughter.  Last year when we visited California we stayed with relations who live in Smith River, just north of Crescent City, I think that you may have driven through it because it's on the coast where all the driftwood is. From their lounge window they have a terrific view of the sea, I could watch it for a long time especially at sunset.  Thanks for bringing it all back to me! ~~~ Pat