Date Stop Odometer Location Time
|6/15/2013||0||209267||Leaving FKCP, CA||7:35 AM|
|6/15/2013||1||209289||Klamath River Overlook, CA||8:39 AM|
|6/15/2013||2||209330||Trinidad Rest Stop||10:00 AM|
|6/15/2013||4||209491||Redding, CA||2:58 PM|
|6/15/2013||5||209703||Caswell State Park, CA||7:30 PM|
From Cory's travel journal (revised)
10:00AM- Got up early this morning. It was misty and chilly but not wet which was nice. We cooked oatmeal and made coffee with the funnel and loose grounds- it turned out great! We were on the misty road by 7:30, pretty good time for breaking camp AND having a hot breakfast.
|Sara plots the course|
|Doing the breakfast dishes in the redwoods|
|One more banana slug at the campsite|
Follow the jump for the rest of the post. More photos!
We drove through the scenic parkway but not before stopping to see the seals at Anchor Bay. They were laying on docks, barking and swimming in the bay. We tried to see some whales, but it was out of season and we didn't see any. Oh well. We continued on to the scenic road through the redwoods. We got pictures of a corkscrew tree and saw some wild elk from the road.
|Frog admiring the corkscrew tree|
|The scenes of Endor and the Ewoks from|
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi were filmed here.
2:58PM- We finally made it to I-5. Getting over the mountains was very slow going, just like Montana. The car does better climbing at lower elevations where there is a little bit of oxygen in the air. We also hit a LONG construction delay on a winding mountain road. At Redding, CA, we stopped at Wal-Mart to buy a new air mattress and a non-breakable mug to replace one that had cracked. We had just arrived at the car when our other mug fell out of the car and smashed on the ground... drat!
We sopped in Lodi, CA looking to set up the tent. One RV campground said, "No tents!" We tried a KOA Kampsite down the road, who wanted $78 for a single tent site. What!? That's more than all the hotels in town! They were almost sold out, too. I can't believe that many
We drove through 3 miles of almond groves to get to the park. When we got there, a sign announced, "CAMPGROUND FULL" at the entrance station. We pulled in and asked the attendant if we could just turn around without paying the park entrance fee ($10 just to get in!) He seemed to be weighing a tough decision as he stammered a little bit, then asked if we were from out of town. When we answered in the affirmative, he hesitantly said, "Ok, I'll sell you a site, one of the sites we like to keep as 'buffer sites.'" I don't know what a buffer site is, but we were happy to get a place to spend the night.
|This is what soup looks like when you add too much rice|
|Grillin' SPAM on the charcoal chimney|
|Updating the journal over supper|
We set up camp and made soup successfully! We tried the same recipe as the soup disaster from Glacier minus the super spicy seasonings. I added a little too much rice, so it was more of a rice dish with vegetables. I also grilled the can of SPAM we had with us, just to get rid of it. It got dark a lot earlier than in Montana, just after 9:00PM. The campground bathrooms were ok but severely vandalized. Who would vandalize a campground bathroom? People are already living without common comforts, so why deprive yourself and others? We have a saying that we picked up from the movie Die Hard when John McLean, fresh off the streets of New York sees the LA extravagance exclaims, "F---in' CaliFORNIA!" It has been our motto whenever we get annoyed by anything in this state. We've used it for traffic, weather, road conditions, pollution, and everything else. It really helps take the edge off.