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CALIFORNIA, HERE I COME!

A nice drive

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Howdy!

None of my neighbors were up when I left the Eugene Elks Lodge. Last night at dinner I had a conversation with the couple next door. From California, they decided to buy a MH about 6 months ago. Now, after having sold their home they are struggling to adjust to this new life. I hope it works out for them.

About the first thing I did this morning was to call the RV park in northern California to cancel tonight's reservation. The fires closed I-5 and the lady at the campground told me that 7 or 8 people called this morning to cancel also, due to the fires. My altered plans have taken me to Crescent City, CA via the Redwood Highway (US 199) from Grants Pass, OR. On the Interstate, just north of Grants Pass a digital highway sign announced that I-5 was closed just over the OR/CA State Line due to wild fires. The Redwood Highway is a slow, but beautiful drive. With the 4'X8' windshield on the MH I caught glimpses of the spectacular scenery while navigating the curves. The mountains and deep gorges are a sight to behold. The area was smoke-filled from the fires. Along the way I passed signs saying, "Fire Fighters Marshalling Area, Fire Helicopter and Drone Base, Caution- Fire Activity" and others. As I approached Crescent City the smoke seemed to clear. US 199 about 10 miles north of Crescent City, goes through the Redwood National Forest. What a sight! The trees are massive!

Speaking of trees; While driving through Oregon, once getting into the Cascades, I passed several very large saw mills. The Lumber Products industry (Logging, Saw Mills, Lumber Production) is a major employer in the State of Oregon, although the High Tech Industry is #1, according to our docent at the Capitol.

Crescent City is the northern most port city in California. I called ahead to inform the Elks Lodge of my arrival with a call-back number. Well, they are closed on Saturday so when I arrived the building was locked up. Their parking lot was empty so I made myself at home. After getting set up I had the other half of my lasagna dinner from last night. I had to 'doctor it up' to give it some appeal. After dinner I took the little car out to explore the town. Smallish with a pop. of 6,700 it is named for its crescent-shaped beaches & harbor on the Pacific Ocean. The community's amenities are very nice with a marina for pleasure craft, and dockage for commercial fishing boats. The beach and waterfront parks are beautiful and there are several seafood restaurants overlooking the water. A historic lighthouse sits on a bluff near the harbor. It seems to be a very nice town. Tomorrow my goal is to drive about 200 miles down the coast toward San Francisco.

Posted by dixter 08:39 Archived in USA Tagged california coastline

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