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CALIFORNIA, THE GOLDEN STATE

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sunny 76 °F

Good Day!

US Highway 101 is known for its beauty, not for saving time on the road! Since my choices were limited due to the forest fires I headed south on US 101, better known as 'The Redwood Scenic Highway'. It was surprising to me that the groves of giant Redwood trees extend 150-200 miles in the Klamath Mt. and Coast Ranges, along the western side of Northern California. The road twists and turns, ascends up mountainsides, and descends in 'hair-raising' slopes with deep gorges lurking just over the guard rails. It didn't allow much time for sight-seeing while driving. At times, the roadway speed limit was 30 mph with the giant trees crowding the edge of the road. I did, however, stop at several Overlooks to enjoy the vista of the Pacific Ocean below. It was breath-taking beauty, both the redwoods, and the ocean. While driving 248 miles from Crescent City to the Elks Lodge in Ukiah, CA a change in topography occured. Vineyards began to appear. Ukiah is in a wine-growing valley about 100 miles north of San Francisco. Petaluma, 75 miles south of Ukiah is about an hour (driving time) north of the Golden Gate Bridge. There are literally hundeds of vineyards and dozens of wineries along US 101 from Ukiah to Petaluma. The vineyards are planted up and down the steep hills and in the valleys. Familiar sounding names like, Sonoma, Russian River, Asti, Napa appear on the roadsigns. Of course, as I got closer to the San Francisco area the traffic got heavier.
The Petaluma Elks RV park is very busy, and difficult to get reservations due to its location in wine country. Tonight, Tuesday, is Taco Night at the Lodge so that will satisfy my appetite for dinner. Not much planned for this afternoon.

Posted by dixter 13:51 Archived in USA Tagged and clear sunny

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