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Jul 14, 2016 - Smith River, CA - Fern Canyon & Coastal Drive

(Ron Writing) On July 13, we decided to “lay-over” a day in Blue Lake to catch up on some work and take a break from driving. Today we headed north on Hwy 101 to Fern Canyon near Orick, CA. To tour Fern Canyon we had to leave our trailer parked in a lot just off Hwy 101 and drive to the entrance of the canyon on Davison Rd. The 3 ½ mile Davison Rd. is a very narrow one-lane gravel road with sharp hairpin turns and very steep grades. From the end of Davison Rd. there is 0.1 mile trail to the entrance of Fern Canyon. In the canyon we hiked...

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Jun 15, 2016 - Sea Lions & Cheese

We did a bit of exploring today, we ran right into the mouth of the Smith River where it flows into the Pacific. We were amazed to see a lot of sea lions snoozing by the water. The Smith River waterway is the northernmost of California’s major rivers. Its mouth is about 5 miles south of the Oregon border and 10 miles north of Crescent City. It is the largest free-flowing river in the state, producing the largest steelhead and Chinook salmon. The untamed nature of this river, without a single dam along its entire length, makes it especially...

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Jun 9, 2016 - Beautiful California

We are happy to report we have made it to California. We had some rough driving on the way, we climbed tall hills and raced back down them for miles. Once we passed the hilly section, we got on Highway 199, it was horrible. We saw signs telling us not to take any campers over 30 feet on the road, we were already ON the road and had no place to turn around. We took it slow and made it, but we won’t be going that way again. It was scary passing huge trucks and campers on those narrow roads with huge rocks jutting out of one side and no room...

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Sep 5, 2013 - Pelican Beach, Sept. 4

I didn't get these photos downloaded last night so will have to remind myself in years to come that it was September 4th, not 5th; Wednesday not Thursday. (As if it would matter.) Another overcast evening last night. The skies had started off cloudy at 6 in the morning, but sunshine appeared at 9 o'clock, just in time for Marty and me to make the rounds at Farmer's Market. Then while I was getting my hair cut at 11 o'clock, the marine layer moved in and that was the last of the sun for the day. Diana Pacchetti (at Salon Dolce) had...

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Sep 5, 2013 - Pelican Beach Sunset

Spent the afternoon with Marty, window-shopping in Brookings. Marty hit the jackpot in almost every store, as stained-glass bird baths seem to be best sellers this year. "Wild Bird & Backyard" offered exquisite choices, and so did "Feather Your Nest." You can't beat the prices in this town! Oh, to have my family's Christmas list! Pendant jewelry (hand-made by local artists) abound -- gorgeous pieces and reasonably priced! And purses -- oh my gosh! The same purses at home would average $150, whereas these sell anywhere from $25 to $40....

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Apr 29, 2013 - Smith River, CA.

We traveled North on 101 about 95 miles from Blue Lake to Smith River, CA. about 3 miles South of the Oregon Border. We traveled through the Redwood National Park and along the coast, the road had more hills, valleys and curves than a Pretzel again the brakes got a good work out. We stopped along the way to take some pictures of the coast line and while passing through Elk Meadows 2 of the little buggers wanted to cross the road right in front of us, they thought better of it as I was bigger than they were. We arrived in Smith River at...

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Jul 20, 2011 - South on the coast to California

Our longest ride in this part of the southern coastline was 245 miles from our RV Park just north of Coos Bay south along the coast road into California and back. It was another day of beautiful weather for riding, more scenic headlands, rocks, and surf. We stopped at several more small Oregon parks and a few small towns too. I especially liked Bandon by the Sea - that town I could stay and visit a lot longer! The Old Town district is a center for art galleries, shops, and dining spots. There is also a lovely beach area called Face Rock...

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Jul 31, 2009 - On the way home

Day one: Monday, 27 July. Departed Smith River and headed for one of our resorts just south of Newport, OR. Upon our arrival, we found that the resorts description of wide large sites and wide interior roads were about 1/2 of what we needed to successfully get our rig into. After three unsuccessful tries at getting our rig parked (like trying to stuff three pounds of crap into a one pound bag!) we gave up and left(Scratch that resort from our favorites list!). Jo was able to find another resort a few miles north at Lincoln City, Oregon. The...

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Jul 29, 2009 - Family reunion and Betty's Memorial

Day one:Thursday July 24th. Moved from Klamath, CA; about 40 miles north to get set up for the Family reunion and Betty's memorial. Jo's brothers daughter Pam was already at the campground so we set up the rig and awaited the other members of the family. By late that afternoon, all had arrived and we began discussing the set up for Betty's Memorial to be held the next day. Had a great family meeting around the campfire and caught up on what was new with each family. Jimmy our son and Heather our daughter drove in from Port Orchard, WA and...

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Jul 1, 2007 - Smith River, California

R-We drove to Smith River, California today. When we got there the campground looked a little seedy as we drove in. We were both thinking did we really want to spend 5 nights here. However, our site was great. It was grassy like the grass in a well kept lawn-the kind that you would walk barefoot on. Guess that says something about first impressions. L- It seems as if Smith River is a fisherman destination - and largely in the winter. I can't figure out why one would go there in the summer. While the coast is beautiful, rocky Pacific Ocean,...

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