Continuing down the west coast
The title of this post should be Running from the rain, because that’s what we are doing. Monday we left Sandy Bay and continued down the coast. The weather forecast was for rain, and more rain so we saw no reason to hang around. The coast is amazing with these storms though, the waves are unreal. The best place we saw the power of the ocean was at a place called The Devils chute. There is a long natural channel in the rocks that the ocean moves back and forth in. Because the waves are huge right now, this was an awesome thing to see. Water spraying up, waves crashing powerfully, and the sound of it.
I have to tell you though, shooting photos in these gray sky conditions is hard, really hard. Between the bright waves, the dark sky, it’s hard to get settings that work.
The Devils chute was great because there is a path that takes you right down to the bottom. Talk about exhilarating! All that power.
It’s not very easy to tell in this photo, but the sea foam is so thick from all the churning. When the waves would crash huge pieces of foam would fly way up in the air, over my head.
We drove until we got to Cape Blanco. It was getting later by then so we stayed the night at the state park. I got a few quick shots before it was totally dark. It was very windy, and then it poured rain all night. The next morning Tuesday, we got out and on the road by 9 and drove and drove trying to escape the rain. Highway 101 is very, very pretty. There are some amazing viewpoints along the way, but it is slow going. You drive through a lot of little towns, and the road is just slow. So even though we have been driving for 3 days, we haven’t gone very far.
Somewhere in Northern California we stopped and walked along the beach for a little while. Everyone needed a break, and this was the perfect spot.
We soon came to the redwoods. The highway takes you through the redwoods, but there was no place to stop and get out and look around. My mom had told me about a side road called The Avenue of the Giants. This road actually just skirts the 101, and goes through the middle of Humboldt redwoods state park.
It was amazing. These giant redwoods are just incredible. To think about how old they are, how huge they are, is just fascinating. By the time we got here it was getting later, and moving fast towards dark. We wanted to stay in the redwoods but the campground is closed in winter. So back on the highway we went in search of an RV park, and dinner.
We ended up in a little place called Benbow, were it rained all night, and into the morning. I’m starting to feel like Eeyore with the gray cloud following us around. Wednesday we headed east, got on Highway 5, and made it to just past Sacramento. We are hoping to be in Death Valley on Thursday.
The desert is calling, and we must go.