We stopped at a couple of beaches along the coast on U.S. 1. Kids had a lot of fun playing in the beach and especially along a small creek that flowed into the ocean where we picnicked:
There are a lot of little parks along U.S. 1 and 101 where you have no electric or hookups but can camp along the ocean. Someday I want to drive from north to south, but I think I will stick to U.S. 101 as it is still scenic but not as winding or scary as U.S. 1.
Next, U.S. 1 cut back away from the coast on a REALLY hairy road—constant turns and twists, with ups and downs that made the beast struggle. No room for pulling over for photos, but just imagine a lot of redwoods. Spent the night at a very nice campground in Fortuna, CA. Kids enjoyed the pool and we went for a bike ride along the Eel River. Next day we went to Redwood National Forest and enjoyed a hike to Trillium Falls. Had trouble parking and driving in some areas, but this was really pretty place for another picnic:
Drove back through Avenue of the Giants, and did see some giants:
The middle picture shows a single tree where the base has been damaged by fire, so you can walk inside. Can you believe the size of the roots on the last fallen tree??
We're in a child's paradise of an RV park as of last night and staying through tonight. Kids are fishing now, but there is a playground, petting zoo, two swimming pools, and lots of other things I will post about tomorrow.