So we’re back in Canada now and it seems like ages since I’ve caught you guys up to speed on what all has been going on. I’ll try and make up for it and post a bunch in the next couple days and get caught up!
We left off in the Californian wine country. From there, we decided to head back to the coast because it’s just such a lovely drive and also because we wanted to check out the redwoods.
You just can’t get sick of those views. I know it looks all sunny and bright in the photos, but it was actually quite cold. We still saw people hanging out by the beach in beach-wear but we were bundled up in sweatshirts and long pants so lying in the sun didn’t fit into our plans.
Instead we parked for the night at an RV park right on the ocean in Fort Bragg and took in the view at sunset bundled up in our warmest clothes.
We actually decided to sleep in the bottom of Amelia with the top down that night because it was just that cold by the ocean. The temperatures dropped down at night to about 12C (53F). We ended up with this sleeping arrangement all the way up the coast actually, because the temperatures did the same drop every night. Snuggled up in our wedding quilt, Mexican blanket, and sleeping bag, we managed to stay warm enough. We’d usually cook our dinner and try not to open the doors too much afterwards to keep in the heat from the propane stove 🙂
Just past Fort Bragg, where we spent the night by the ocean, we pulled into a state park to eat our lunch. We ended up staying over an hour because it was a beautiful spot. They had a nice boardwalk set up where you could walk to a spot on the ocean where seals sun themselves on the rocks – it was funny watching them trying to get comfortable on the barnacle-covered rocks, silly seals!
And we even spotted a deer making his way through the tall grass along the boardwalk.
There were squirrels everywhere, popping their heads out of their burrows by the sea and they were so tame that they seemed to me to be well-practiced at posing for pictures. We saw some people feeding them, so it’s no guess why.
After enjoying the wildlife we walked down to the beach and listened to the ocean for awhile. I will miss that sound now that we’re heading away from the coast.
Before we made it to Redwood National Park, we saw a funky homemade sign directing us to a Chandelier tree that you can drive through. We couldn’t resist and took the exit to check it out. Turns out most cars would not fit through the tree, and certainly not Amelia, so we just walked up to it.
It seems a little sketchy to me that they’ve carved out a big chunk out of this amazing tree, but kudos to the tree, it’s still thriving. Its arms were as large as normal healthy trees and it towered above us for what seemed like miles. We were looking forward to seeing a whole forest of these suckers, ones that were protected from silly human fancy – isn’t it amazing enough that the tree has survived hundreds of years? why do we have to be able to drive through it??
We camped amongst the redwoods that night in the Redwood National Park. We were in a little nook of trees with only one of the other campsites occupied.
The bugs weren’t bad so we had a candlelit dinner outside and even sat around the fire for a bit. This is my favourite part of camping and so far we hadn’t had a single campfire yet! The next morning we found a banana slug in our sink drain bucket (we decided against allowing our dish water to dump on the ground, even if the soap is biodegradable). Neither of us remembers ever seeing one before but they’re all over B.C. Giant slugs in general are all over B.C. We just have little itty bitty ones in comparison back in Ontario.
There is just something so awe-inspiring and goose-bump inducing about touching something that has been living for hundreds or even thousands of years.
As if they had permission to be grand, even the clovers were giant around the redwoods. I looked and looked, but couldn’t find a single giant four-leaf clover in the forest. I realize there’s nothing in this picture to put them into perspective, but just take my word for it, they were huge! If you see a four-leafed clover in this picture, I don’t want to know about it 😉
After the redwoods we kept on driving up the coast along Highway 1 into Oregon, and the drive kept on being beautiful. Aimee had told us about a section of the coast of Oregon where there are huge dunes that cover trees and go on for miles, so we wanted to check those out.
If you’re ever curious about where we actually are in real-time, just check out the map in the sidebar. Steve tries to keep it up-to-date!