Wow, where to begin. Following the Oregon coast south to Northern California and into the redwoods was an incredible journey. Of all of the beautiful scenery in Oregon, one of the towns that made the biggest impression on us was Bandon By The Sea.

We stopped for an afternoon and enjoyed watching the locals catching Dungeness Crab in the harbor right in the middle of town with harbour seals swimming around trying to steal their bounty.

The local shops along with Tony’s Crab Shack make this little town on the Oregon Coast a great destination.

Proceeding south on highway 101, we find ourselves crossing the California state line and still enjoying the drive and finding “campsites” on the side of the road. The highway veers slightly inland and treats us to our first portion of the Redwoods National Park just outside of Crescent City.

A great place to unhook the jeep and do a little exploring. Beautiful rainforest and great big trees is about the only way we know how to describe it. We know that is a little bland – but maybe we are just on “scenic overload”.

Occasionally meandering off of highway 101 treats us to Stout Grove, Newton B Drury Scenic Parkway, and the Avenue of the Giants for a complete tour of the three largest stands of Redwoods in California as well as whale watching and the Tour Through Tree in Klamath.

South of the Redwoods, 101 goes too far east for our liking, so in the town of Willits we turn right onto highway 20 over the Coastal Mountain Range back to the coast onto highway 1 through Mendocino and Sonoma Counties and onto some stretches of road that are much more suited to a Harley Davidson than a 40 foot motorcoach towing a jeep.

A little taste of wine country and a ride across the Golden Gate Bridge took us to much easier stretches of highway 1 through Santa Cruz, Monterey, and Big Sur (wow) still hugging the coast to San Simeon where we saw beaches full of Elephant Seals.

The California Coastline has a lot to offer sightseers and we have been thoroughly impressed, but knowing we have missed a lot of what inland has to offer such as Lake Tahoe, Kings Canyon, The Sequoia National Forest, and Yosemite, we hope to return to this beautiful state for much more exploring. But hey, we’re not done with the coast.

Stay tuned……




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