Exploring Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park

After our own big ‘day of discovery’ with the Grove of Titans, the next day we moved on to Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, home of some of the tallest Coast Redwoods. My hopes were not very high as the location of this grove is even more secret than the Grove of Titans. In addition, it is relatively easy to spot the huge misshapen behemoths that are the Titans when they are so much larger at ground level.

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Grove of Titans

Two of our favorite authors are Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. You may have seen the movie ‘The Relic’ which was based on some of their books. Douglas Preston has also written several non-fiction books which we love. Back in May of 2007 I stumbled across a book written by Douglas’ brother, Richard, entitled The Wild Trees: A Story of Passion and Daring. We were captivated and enthralled by these stories of people exploring vast acres of previously unexplored redwood forests and finding and climbing taller and taller trees.

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The Lost Coast

On August the first we took a recommended road to see some scenery. A fellow Escapee recommended it to us. It follows the same road that one takes to get to the Tall and Giant trees in the park, then continues on out to the coast. We already knew that the section through the park was a slow drive due to both roughness and lots of huge trees which force the road to wind around a lot.

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Humboldt Redwoods

On July 29th we left Napa Valley and drove up to the redwoods of Humboldt County. Once you get near Humboldt Redwoods State Park you can take the scenic route dubbed Avenue of the Giants. It is a two-lane road which winds through the edge of the forest, dodging giant redwoods all along the way. Our destination was the Ancient Redwoods RV Park. http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=269345949748899&set=a.269345169748977.88781.197146780302150&type=1&theater http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=269345949748899&set=a.269345169748977.88781.197146780302150&type=1&theater While we were there for a few nights we drove around the area, touring the sights and the trees.

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Napa Valley

Our trip to Napa Valley didn’t start as we had planned. After leaving the wonderful Escapee’s SKP Park Sierra north of Fresno we made the long haul drive out of the San Joaquin valley and then north on I-5. We made the usual pit stops for gas and snacks and bathroom visits, and we made decent time. We were slowing down to make the last turn from Hwy 12 to Hwy 29 when the trailer brakes clamped down and caused the tires to screech.

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Tales from the Tiki Bar: Napa Valley, baby!

Highway 29 from Napa to Calistoga will take you through a river of wine. If each winery is a boulder, it’s a rapid run of gargantuan proportions. The term “highway” is kind of a misnomer too. It’s a two-lane road winding through gorgeous wineries at about 35 mph. Sometimes it’s just a long line of cars, but mostly it kept moving. http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=262594200424074&set=a.262588720424622.87451.197146780302150&type=1&theater We decided to run the road to the far end and start from there.

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Tales from the Tiki Bar: Awesome People

We’ve had an interesting couple of days with our rig. I say rig. It’s a rig to us. But I digress. Already. Anyway, we discovered a leak under the kitchen sink. Not a big one, but big enough to do damage if we didn’t get it fixed right away. We were getting ready to pack up and move from McAlpine Lake campground to near YOSEMITE – yay! Glenn investigated and determined where the little leak was and that he couldn’t fix it.

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Tales from the Tiki Bar: The Universe Speaks!

We should have listened! We should have accepted the help offered after we had asked for help! Duh! It was an awesome adventure that we missed out on, and it led to a low-level disaster. There’s an important lesson in serendipity here: Don’t swim against the tide – just go with it. Isn’t that what we’re out here for? GAH! The Internet and Facebook are awesome tools for a lot of things.

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