The Redwoods!

We’re up early on September 27 and begin our journey inland.  It’s a beautiful sunny day and after picking up a coffee at McD’s  we take 199 heading east into Jedediah Smith State Park. 

DSC_0049It’s shady and cool here. We park and take a lovely mile long loop on one of the walking trails. I’ve seen the redwoods many times in several different places along the California coast, but I never get tired of being amongst these giants.

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The Chiweenie Brothers explore the lush green ferns and other delights along the path and we stop so they can check out the cavity in one of the trees.

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Once our walk is done we head out on Hwy 199 and back into Oregon.   I am like a horse headed to the barn;  we’re back on the road.

This highway is a narrow two-lane curvy mountain road, but at least it has guardrails.  We eventually gain better highway and level road. We make a quick stop at a potential campground for the future–of which I cannot remember the name–and Charlie, spying movement near the rest rooms, goes into lizard hunting mode.

Load up boys. We need to keep moving.

What was to be a quick stop in Grants Pass for fuel turns into a test in patience.  Fred Meyers has the cheapest fuel in town and I definitely want to fill up before I get into Cali.  Ol’ Murphy is at it again and not only is there is HUGE line of fellow travelers waiting to fuel up, the pump I eventually get to park beside has something wrong with it.  Ten minutes in line waiting, then we get the pump that is only trickling in fuel.  Another 25 minutes waiting for the tank to fill and we are finally back on the road.

It’s freeway time folks, and we sail along I-5 to Ashland where we spend some time in a rest area that won’t allow an overnight.  I am weary, it’s been a long day and the heat and smoke inland has me needing to stop for a while.  I find some shade and we rest a bit.

I realize the day is waning and I need to make a decision.  There is parking for trucks on top of Siskiyou Mountain so if nothing is found between here and there that’s where we will stay. Fortunately the very next rest area allows overnights so we shut her down there and will head on in the morning.  It will be nice to get out of the smoke!  I don’t know how those in the valley around Redding dealt with smoke from the Carr Fire for over TWO MONTHS.  It was said that being out in it was like smoking a pack and half of cigarettes a day!  Not sure where the smoke here is coming from, but it isn’t nearly as bad as it could be, but it still makes my head and sinuses hurt. Goodnight! Hugs, Shawna

 

 


 

Author: 2DogsTravel

Hello! Welcome to my blog. I am a full-time traveler, retired from a lifetime of different occupations, traveling the country with my two little dogs, Fries and Charlie B; The Chiweenie Brothers. You never know where you might find us, but if you do stop by and say hi . . . If you can get past the two best watch dogs in the universe! Happy Trails!

One thought on “The Redwoods!”

  1. Beautiful walking path. I loved walking those trails too. I could do that all day. 😃. That gas station needs to get their pumps fixed. That must have been very frustrating 😂. Glad you found a spot for the night.

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