Monday, May 14, 2012

Klamath, California

We are now in Klamath, California for a 5 day visit.  We are camped right on the Klamath River, at Klamath River RV Park, about 50 miles south of Oregon.

Our Campsite

Our View
On our second day in Klamath, we went back south to the town of Orick.  There we happened upon a herd of Roosevelt Elks.  They were just off the road laying on the recently mowed grass of a cabin rental place.  We then drove a 9 mile scenic redwood road and also stopped at Lady Bird Johnson Grove, the site where she dedicated Redwood National Park in 1968.  It was a nice day.

Roosevelt Elks
A Giant in the fog
 On our 3rd day in Klamath, we drove north to Crescent City.  On our way we stopped at Trees of Mystery and walked the one mile path into the redwoods. Near the entrance are giant statues of Paul Bunyan and Babe, his blue ox.   Paul was getting cleaned up while we were there. There was a tree called the Family Tree, which was one tree whose branches grew out vertically and then, 12 branches grew horizontally into 12 more trees! Strange but true.  We saw a group of 9 redwoods, all next to each other in a half circle that they call the Cathedral Tree.  Many weddings are held there.  We also road the gondola to the top of the mountain, but due to low clouds (fog) we could see nothing below.  At Crescent City we had lunch, did our grocery shopping and stopped by the local lighthouse.

A message to our family & friends
Cathedral Tree
Spy Trail Gondola
Crescent City Lighthouse
On day 4 at Klamath, California, we took a ride across the the border into Oregon.  We drove along the coast highway, US 101 to Brookings and Gold Beach.  We had a nice lunch at the Porthole in Gold Beach and drove back along the coast.  Lots of beaches and a rocky shoreline.  Tomorrow is our last day here, and we are just staying at the campground and relax.  Next we are on to north central California and Mt. Shasta and Shasta Lake.

Oregon Coast near Brookings
Oregon Coast near Gold Beach
Debbie relaxing by the Klamath River

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