Thursday, July 30, 2009

Redwoods, and Another Charming Town

What a couple of days it has been! Many miles of road, most of it winding, two lane highway. All of it beautiful!

Yesterday we left Monterey and drove east to catch the I-5 freeway north for a few miles (to miss all that traffic mess around the San Fransisco Bay) then back west because we really wanted to be near the ocean and follow the coast highway up to the California/Oregon border and through the redwoods. Whew!! Remember that Johnny Cash song "I've Been Everywhere, Man"? I think that's our theme song for this trip!

The redwoods were beautiful and BIG: We drove as far north as Fortuna, California, and spent the night. Had a fine dinner at a brewery/restaurant near our hotel.

This morning we backtracked south a few miles to the wonderful town of Ferndale. The town dates back to the late 1800's, and has beautifully restored Victorian architecture. Here's a picture of Main Street:

Here are some of the beautiful buildings and homes:

Even the public restrooms were cute:

After we spent a couple of wonderful hours exploring Ferndale, we drove thru more redwood groves, and MANY windy roads along the beautiful Smith and Rogue rivers in northern California and southern Oregon. It was a long day in the saddle!

Tonight we are in the not so charming town of Klamath Falls, Oregon. As all good things must come to an end, tomorrow we are headed home to Spudville. It will be a long, hot drive--but it's always GOOD to be home!


  1. I will have to vist Ferndale someday. Love the buildings. Perfect car/redwood picture-Thanks Dave for taking it- and thanks Di for not running over him! Left a comment on Brenda's post for you. Maybe a detour is in order so you can stay away few more days???
    Try reading the GPS backwards???

  2. Beautiful pictures Di and Davod. I have never explored the area your in, only went to San Francisco to the Presidio, golfed by the bay in fog with Bill...hated it! ha ha So I get a little scared when you started to recite a music title. Thought you were going to ask who wrote the song! Then I'd be back to google again....remember when you could always name the song and artist? You would always be the winner, could never get ahead of you in that area or any area if I recall! Be safe driving home! What a fantastic trip full of memories. Love, Brenda