North California and South Oregon Coasts - June 2017

June 6, 2017 - June 30, 2017

We are going to Tanzania in November, so decided that only a short camping trip early in the summer was all the RV travel we could manage this summer. With this in mind, we planned a June trip to the northern coast of California and the southern Oregon coast. To get to the California coast required a day-long trip just to get to the northern reaches of the Bay Area. We planned a stop in Petaluma for a couple of days to visit Point Reyes and its environs. The northern coast has limited access, especially when pulling a trailer, so we had another day - long drive from Petaluma to Point Arena. Spending five nights in Point Arena we had hoped to have some nice sunset images, possibly with some limited fog and clouds, but the weather did not cooperate. The coast was extremely windy and cold in the evenings, but the mornings and days
were sunny with the winds building throughout the day. Sunset outings were limited by the wind and lack of photogenic clouds. To get to the southern redwoods, our next stop, required another long day of driving due to winter storm damage on California Route 1, and the remoteness of Point Arena. We spent a couple of days outside Garberville, California, to visit the southern redwoods and for Joanne to visit the remote coast around Shelter Cove, California. An interesting side light of visiting Garberville we met some people who grew up about three or four blocks from where John grew up. The brother and sister graduated from the same high school four or five years after John. We departed Garberville on a Thursday with another long drive to Gold Beach, Oregon, and the Honey Bear campground, a favorite stopping place for us. The winds we experienced at Point Arena were nothing compared to the much stronger winds in the Gold Beach area, preventing us from doing any evening photography. Sand on the beach was airborne and blasted the ankles of anyone brave enough to be there. We spent four nights in Gold Beach, and then a short drive to Bandon, Oregon, where we spent five nights at Bullards Beach State Park where we met up with some friends from Bend, Oregon, for a long weekend visit. We were home just before the 4th of July weekend.

Again, we have organized the trip in chronological order by where we stopped. The links on the left side of this page take you to each of the destinations and photographs. Enjoy and let us know hat you think.