The Redwood Coast – Northern California (August 2016)

(Day 0) – Beautiful coastal drive on the 101 from Bandon Dunes in Southern Oregon to Fernbridge in Northern California.

Deer crossing!
Deer crossing!

 

Great architectural views
Great architectural views
Crashing waves along the coast
Crashing waves along the coast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aaron's Bike Ride - Ave of the Giants
Avenue of the Giants bike ride in Redwood National Park

(Day 1) – Aaron took long bike ride along Redwoods, while boys enjoyed painting logs on the property.

(Day 2) – While Aaron went on long bike ride in Ferndale, the boys and I had a field trip day. First visited Loletta Cheese Factory enjoying samples and meeting new friends in the garden.

Loletta Cheese Factory kindly walked us through the cheese making process & provided lots of yummy samples!
Loletta Cheese Factory – learned how to make cheese & tasted lots of yummy samples!
Scavenger hunt so much fun with new friends Mason & Carly!
Loletta Garden Scavenger Hunt so much fun with new friends Mason & Carly!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then off to Sequoia Zoo & Park in Eureka to check out the animals.

Beautiful Sequoia Gardens
Beautiful Sequoia Gardens
Found 2 spiders caught in the web!
Found 2 spiders caught in the web!
Samuel loved brushing this sheep!
Samuel loved brushing this sheep!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The last stop of the day was by far our absolute favorite – a family farm located in Ferndale, a small Victorian village. While running early in the morning, I met a woman named Jessica who kindly put me in contact with Mary Ann Bansen from Bancrest Dairy. Within hours of my phone call Mary Ann had welcomed us onto her farm, showing and providing boys with hands on experiences for which we couldn’t be more grateful!

Boys so excited to see hundreds of cows!
Boys so excited to see hundreds of cows!
Austin milking a cow. Thanks Daniel for helping boys with some farm chores!
Austin milking a cow with his hands. Thanks Daniel for helping boys with some farm chores!
Samuel & Daniel setting up the milk machine!
Samuel & Daniel setting up the milk machine!
Boys favorite part - climbing & jumping in huge piles of corn meal!
Boys favorite part – climbing & jumping in huge piles of corn meal!
Boys removed freshly delivered eggs and fed the chickens!
Boys removed freshly delivered eggs and fed the chickens!
Loved learning about Bancrest Farms - from family ownership to innovation & technology - beautifully well kept acreage with lots of passion & pride.
Loved learning about Bancrest Farms – from generations of ownership to innovation & technology – beautifully well kept acreage with lots of family passion & pride.
Huge THANK YOU to Mary Ann for her hospitality, hands on engagement, knowledge sharing and even ice cream!
Huge THANK YOU to Mary Ann for her hospitality, hands on engagement, knowledge sharing and ice cream cones!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Day 3) – Hiked in Redwood National Park on the Fern Cannon Trail for a 10 miles.

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Austin hard at work on Junior Ranger activities
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California redwoods are massive!
First elk spotting of voyage!
First elk spotting of voyage!
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Boys out of packs, encouraged to walk last leg of the hike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Day 4) – Took the Lost Coast Highway -picturesque drive and views…definitely off the beaten path and isolated for the most part.

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Random picnic spot selected for our last night out
Picnic ready!
Picnic ready!
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Appetizers in hatchback along the coast
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Boys on the coast
Top picnic to date - hatchback style along empty beaches and mountains.
Top picnic to date – hatchback style along empty beaches and mountains.
Baseball everywhere!
Baseball everywhere!
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Boys can’t watch crashing waves and not get to jump in for at least a few minutes!
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Say good-bye to this beach – on to the next adventure

 

Last coastal walk before heading back to the mid-west
Last coastal walk before heading back to the mid-west

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Day 5) – 7 hour road trip to San Jose to drop vehicle and items in a storage unit.

(Day 6) – Flight back to St. Louis! After 47 days on the road excited to see friends and family!

Favorite Kid Quotes:
• “This is so good, I can’t even talk!” (i.e., in reference to breakfast sausage)
• “My stomach hurts, unfortunately the only thing that will probably fix it is chocolate.”

Thank you for sharing in this adventure. Next up travel Q&A, thoughts and lessons learned.  Any questions please email or comment and we’ll be sure to answer!

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