Saturday, June 23, 2012
We left out of San Jose on the morning of June 10th, crossed the Golden Gate Bridge and drove up the 101 till it connected to the 128, which is also called the Tunnel of Tree’s when you get closer to the coast and we got to see our first redwoods of our journey north because like the name says, it was a tunnel of trees. Very pretty and scenic, too bad I was driving or I would have taken more pictures.
Our first night was at Mackerricher State Park which is located 5 or so miles north of Fort Bragg CA. Basic campsite, running water and flush toilets but no showers. A hundred yard walk to the beach and seals on the beach. My first run in with wild life was here too, I was sitting roasting a marshmallow and a spotted skunk bumped into my leg as it stumbled by. Glad the dogs were in the tent or it would could have been ugly, or is that smelly?
this is a whale skeleton at the entrance to Mackerricher
To reserve a campsite online is 8 dollars and the fee for Mackerricher was 35 bucks which seems in line for most of the California campgrounds. One thing I noticed was that Oregon campgrounds were cheaper and they all had showers which were free. Camping in the Sierra Nevada’s last summer, none of those campgrounds had showers either.
The next morning, I made breakfast of eggs, home fries and toast, we were off towards the Albee Creek Campground at Humboldt Redwoods State Park. We drove north on Highway 1 till it connected again with the 101, but before we got on the 101 we went to see the Chandler Tree, a big redwood that someone had carved a hole that you could drive through and here’s Neil driving through it.