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Friday, October 29, 2010

The last leg of Oregon and the Redwoods of California

For the last stretch of the Oregon coastline, we stayed at Honeyman State Park near Florence.  There were also some sand dunes nearby that ran roughly 30 miles along the coast.  We didn't  check them out but we did explore the forest a bit.

If you've never been to Oregon before, prepare yourself for the shear beauty.  It's like a rainforest there!  

moss covered trees

Every inch of the forest is covered in moss and lichen.  Many of the trees reminded me of "swamp thing".  Walking along the trails, you can smell the decay of leaves and feel the dampness from the continuous rainfall.  This state park in particular was full things to explore.

There were lots of mushrooms



and the biggest slugs we have ever seen!  This guy was about 7 inches long and just about the grossest thing I've ever seen.  When Scott first spotted them, he thought they were just "a big green turd".

In the picture, you can see the trail of slime this guy leaves behind.  Eeewwww!

7 inches!!

After our fun in the forest, it was time to pack up and hit the road.... again.  


We went over more bridges on our way to California and this one was screaming to get it's picture taken.  I love the color and the architecture was so beautiful.



Finally, we reached the border.  We made it!!  Not much longer and we'll be able to settle in the trailer and unpack all of our things... for good!  It hasn't been easy living on the road, packing and unpacking our things only for one days stay.  I'm itchin' to clean this thing too!  With all the in and out, site seeing, and general "on the go" lifestyle, the trailer has been neglected.


We headed to the Redwoods, something neither of us have seen before.  It's such a beautiful and majestic place.  I felt like I was so small among all these giants... like I was Frodo from the movie "Lord of the Rings" and these were the talking trees. 

the redwood forest


This was the base of a tree that had fallen down.  These trees are  HUGE!


We hiked around a bit and Maria was such a good little explorer.  She even spotted a tiny frog hopping on the trail.




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This is looking up the base of a redwood.  Compare it to the first picture on this post and you can see how much taller these trees are.  This one was a lot bigger around too.


the redwood forest

the redwood forest

We came across this tree trunk that was big enough for Maria to stand inside.

A truly remarkable place that any family should visit at least once. 

We drove Hwy 101 all the way to San Fransisco where we had another fantastic stay.

More soon!

1 comment:

  1. OMG...those trees are amazing! What beautiful photos too.


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