Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The Northern California Coast

In spite of the fact that we had a smoking room at the Candlewood Inn and Suites in Medford, OR, we did get a good night's sleep. We often use Priceline's "Name Your Own Price" option when we book hotels, and we'd gotten our beautiful hotel room for only $45. Though they've always booked me in a non-smoking room in the past, we were set up in a smoking room, and there were no other vacancies. Fortunately, though the hallway of the smoking rooms smelled nasty, the room wasn't too bad. And when we got there we opened up our windows, turned on the fan (we bring one along on road trips to help Oscar sleep), and went to dinner. By the time we got back our room smelled smoke free.



It was a beautiful day, and we got a nice scenic drive along our way to Redwoods National Park.



We hadn't originally intended to go so far south, but Daniel Jensen, an Elder from my MTC district, had highly recommended it, and I knew Oscar would love to see the big trees. I, however, was much more interested in the beautiful coastal views. This was our first lookout at Del Norte State Park.



It was a "wee bit" windy.



But very pretty.





Here I am at the 2nd lookout.








Then we went down to the beach to feel the sand on our feet.



Next we went to the Klamath river lookout. After Daniel had recommended this place, I looked it up online, saw this picture, and knew I had to see it for myself.







The road we had to drive to and from the lookout was very narrow and not recommended for large vehicles. It was a bit scary, even in a small vehicle, but worth it for these pretty views of the coast and the Klamath river.





We headed on in to the redwood forests taking a scenic coastal route along our way.









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