Okay, it’s official.

Time to quit my job and somehow make money by road tripping, eating sushi, and taking pictures. That’s how I spent the last week and how I’d like to spend every week.

J and I got back a couple of days ago from a 5 day road trip from Washington down the coast, through the northern part of the Redwoods, over to Yosemite, up to Lake Tahoe, and back. 2200 miles in 5 days. Sooo much driving we didn’t get to spend as much time everywhere as we would have liked to, but I guess you can’t have it both ways.I’m already planning our next trip to the Redwoods, but this time travelling all the way down to Big Sur (which we skipped due to the fires) and hitting Monterey, Santa Cruz, and all the gorgeous Redwoods that continue South. Hopefully we’ll make it there next year, but until then, I’ll just be looking at these photos over and over to remind myself how gorgeous the West Coast is and how much I love where we live.

Our day on the coast started out in Gold Beach, OR, where we had stayed the night before. We took several scenic drives through the Redwoods and along the coast, just taking it all in. We did do a little bit of hiking, but on one trail, about 1/4 mile off the main road, we heard something in the bushes. A bear. I was terrified. Thank God J was there because if I had been left to my own devices, I’d probably have been bear lunch.

I was done hiking at that point for the day.

We drove down the 101 for a while, and we had to stop for one of the drive through trees. đŸ™‚ At this point, we cut back over to the coast (on the windiest road I’ve ever driven on) and went to Glass Beach in Fort Bragg. I was mildly disappointed, but that’s why you don’t trust the internet to show you something that’s only mildly impressing. It’s a beach that’s covered in beach glass, although I read that in the last few years people have been stealing the glass, which I’m guessing is why it wasn’t as glorious as it once was. Still, we walked down to the water and checked out the beach, then decided it was time for food. We went to a teriyaki and sushi joint that was really good, then drove another hour and a half to Ukiah, CA to stay for the night.

The next day? Onto Yosemite!

California: The Northern Coast & Redwoods | Odessa Darling

California: The Northern Coast & Redwoods | Odessa Darling

California: The Northern Coast & Redwoods | Odessa Darling

California: The Northern Coast & Redwoods | Odessa Darling

California: The Northern Coast & Redwoods | Odessa Darling

California: The Northern Coast & Redwoods | Odessa Darling

California: The Northern Coast & Redwoods | Odessa Darling

California: The Northern Coast & Redwoods | Odessa Darling

California: The Northern Coast & Redwoods | Odessa Darling

California: The Northern Coast & Redwoods | Odessa Darling

California: The Northern Coast & Redwoods | Odessa Darling

California: The Northern Coast & Redwoods | Odessa Darling

California: The Northern Coast & Redwoods | Odessa Darling

California: The Northern Coast & Redwoods | Odessa Darling

California: The Northern Coast & Redwoods | Odessa Darling

California: The Northern Coast & Redwoods | Odessa Darling

California: The Northern Coast & Redwoods | Odessa Darling

California: The Northern Coast & Redwoods | Odessa Darling

California: The Northern Coast & Redwoods | Odessa Darling

California: The Northern Coast & Redwoods | Odessa Darling

California: The Northern Coast & Redwoods | Odessa Darling

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5 thoughts on “The Northern Coast & Redwoods

  1. Holy cow, your photos were great on Instagram, but seeing all of these together? So pretty! And that last picture is too cute! 2220 miles ain’t nothing to sneeze at.

    Glad you didn’t become bear lunch!! Big Sur next time, right?
    Kiersten

    1. I was pretty excited about the drive through tree – although I did scrape my mirror against the inside because I wasn’t paying attention ? next time we make it down that way, Big Sur for sure! Thanks Kiersten!

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