Wednesday, October 5, 2011

California, Here We Come

But first a couple more shots of the Oregon coast.

This is only one of the many 'arch rocks' along the coast.

And another shot of the cloudy coastline, but we were just glad when it wasn't raining.

The day we packed up and headed south, it was back to the usual low clouds and mist.

Entering California didn't cause the sun to shine and with the lack of solar to charge the batteries, we did something shocking. We looked in our Escapees book for a half price campground and plugged in. We pulled out all our rechargeable items - phones, toothbrush (mine), shaver (Ron's), camera batteries - and charged up a storm. I could feel the surge of power.

The campground was right on the Klamath River. If you look closely, you can see we didn't escape the rain.

The next morning, we went to see this unique 'farmhouse'. During World War II, the U.S. Army built this building to house an early warning radar station. With shingled roof and fake windows and dormers, it appeared to be a simple farmhouse from the air. The personnel stationed here reported any suspicious boats and planes to a communications center in San Francisco who could dispatch fighter planes if the crafts were identified as hostile.

Continuing south, we entered the range of the Coast Redwoods which are taller, but not as big around as the Giant Sequoias. These trees can grow to 380 feet and 22 feet in diameter. I just picked an average tree to video. Be sure to look for Ron standing at the base for size.

As you can see, there are actually three trees.

And we stopped to see the Corkscrew Tree, which seems to be four trees that grew in a very unusual way.


  1. Those trees really make me feel small :-)

  2. No wonder my lights seemed dimmer than usual!

  3. Love that video of the tree scan at first I didnt see Ron but WOW those are tall...
    I know you felt like the King n Queen for a day with all that Electricity to burn at your finger tips...YEAH!!
    I cant wait to see the NP region of our country! Still cool here beautiful weather right now!!