We left our campground in Hiochi Hamlet this morning by 9:00 a.m. The early morning weather was mild (52 degrees) and the sky was clear. We drove south on Highway 101 through several redwood forests. There are a lot of bicyclists riding on the highway but they are very safety conscious, wearing helmets that have flashing lights. You can’t miss them.
We drove along the coast and then into the forest and back to the coastline. There was a lot of fog early in the day and it burned off during the middle of the day. The temperatures on the coast were cool, causing us to wear jeans and jackets.
We were in Eureka during mid day and stopped at the Marie Callendar Restaurant for lunch. After lunch we headed for the Avenue of the Giants, which parallels Highway 101 for 32 miles. This road took us into the redwood forest and what a beautiful sight. The tall trees shade the road so much the temperature is cool. This road was originally built as a stagecoach and wagon road in the 1880’s. Today, the Avenue of the Giants is considered a scenic alternate to Highway 101. There is a self guided auto tour through the park which tells you about the trees and who they are named for.
When we came out of the park, the temperature soared to 97 degrees. Humidity is low. We couldn’t believe it. So again, off with the jeans and on with the shorts. We are spending the night at the Benbow Golf Club and RV Resort. The campground is nice, not along the lines of the Pacific Shores in Oregon, but nice enough. But it is very social. Tonight, for instance, the resort is offering a free dinner of “Tri-tips”. I asked what are tri-tips and was told “beef on skewers”. So we will join the rest of the RVers for dinner tonight in the clubhouse. There is also a nice pool here, so we might just stay another night and enjoy the pool tomorrow.
Stay tuned. Bonnie