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On our way to Monterey Bay    (Click for full story)

Posted: Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - Marina CA

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Elaine feeding geese at our lunch spot in a county park in San Jose

We left Lincoln CA this morning after saying goodbye to Helene and Rod Violette and thanking them for their excellent hospitality over the last couple of days. We had earlier thought we would  head to San Francisco but have decided instead to do more ocean time and go a little further down the coast. So we will be on Monterey Bay for a couple of days, at the Marina Dunes RV Park in Marina. We arrived this afternoon and haven't done anything except for shopping for groceries at Walmart, but we will explore the dunes and shore tomorrow. We stopped for lunch today at a county park just off US 101 in San Jose. I had tried to find a place where we could pull off for lunch and got sort of trapped into the county park, but it was a good place to stop.

A visit with Rod and Helene Violette    (Click for full story)

Posted: Monday, October 20, 2014 - Lincoln CA

Photo of Rod, Helene, and Elaine at brunch

We had a great brunch this morning at Kim's

Rod and Helene Violette were our gracious hosts for a couple of days at their home in Lincoln CA. We arrived late Sunday afternoon, and after we got set up we spent the evening in their house. It was so good to see them again. We had been able to see them some in August at the Violette Family Reunion in Van Buren ME, but that was such a busy  time there was little time to visit. So this visit gave us a chance to sit down and catch up on each other's lives. They have a beautiful home in a Del Webb community that they moved into 14 years ago. After some unwinding time and some beverages, they prepared a delicious meal that we all shared.

Avenue of the Giants    (Click for full story)

Posted: Sunday, October 19, 2014 - Redcrest CA

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Dave and Elaine at a giant redwood log

Someday I want to have the time to try to tell a photographic story of the giant redwood tress in northern California. A short visit such as the one we had just cannot do it, and mostly because I have not yet been able to gain the  perspective from which to tell that story. These trees, and the setting where they live, are overwhelming at first (or second or third, etc) meeting that I find it hard to grasp what my mind senses and feels and to get a handle on how my body feels in their presence. And make no doubt about it - they have a great presence. Photographically they are challenging because they are so tall that you cannot get back far enough to take on all in. Perhaps if the grew alone you might, but there are so many of them and so close together you just don't get the chance.

Stow, do not tow    (Click for full story)

Posted: Saturday, October 18, 2014 - Redcrest CA

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Their car is neatly stowed in their RV, above two motorcycles, and two bikes

All of us with motorhomes, and some with fifth wheel trailers, have to decide how to bring along a smaller vehicle to get around once our motorhome is parked. You don't want to drive a big rig to the grocery store or sightseeing! The choices are usually towing four down, as we do, towing on a tow dolly, or towing on a trailer. Craig and Ina Dietrich, of Ottawa, Ontario, came up with a different solution. They built from scratch a fifth wheel trailer designed using ideas from NASCAR car haulers! Their trailer has four slideouts, two bedrooms, and the other usual rooms, PLUS it carries a car, two motorcycles, two bikes, two adults, two kids, and two cats! And it is a pretty nice looking rig to boot!

A rainy, windy, winding drive down US 101    (Click for full story)

Posted: Friday, October 17, 2014 - Redcrest CA

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The awesome rocks and waves on the Oregon coast

A rainy, windy day along the Pacific coast in Oregon and northern California. We were on US 101 for almost all of the way between Port Orford OR and Redcrest CA. This road varies from a four-lane divided freeway to a narrow, winding two-lane road. We climbed some steep hills and went down the other sides at 6-7% grades. And all this time the wind was blowing and gusting, and trying to push us off the road, or at least into the other lane. We had periods with no rain, periods with heavy rain, and just about everything in between. I was almost constantly changing the settings on the windshield wipers from off to intermittent to on to fast on. And while on intermittent I had to constantly adjust the wiping rate. It sure kept me awake and on the ball!

Port Orford OR - how west you can go    (Click for full story)

Posted: Thursday, October 16, 2014 - Port Orford OR

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The Heads at Port Orford extend into the Pacific Ocean

Port Orford OR is the westernmost incorporated place in the United States. While you can go further west to some unincorporated places on Washington's Olympic Peninsula, Port Orford can claim that distinction. It was named by Captain George Vancouver in honor of his friend George, the Earl of Orford. The first European settlers arrived in 1851, but the area had been settled long before by the Tututni peoples. Those first European settlers were met with attacks by the local people and had to leave and come back with large reinforcements in order to establish a presence on this land. From the start, Port Orford has served as an important shipping point for this part of the Oregon coast. Remember that when first settled Oregon was not  yet a state, but a Territory.