DAY 124 – 1ST November – Friday – SHADY COVE TO SUNRIVER, OREGON

We’re beginning to feel like Gypsies – another translocation day From Crater Lake area in Shady Cove to Sunriver in the Cascades Scenic Byway region, via the Klamath Basin. We think this low-lying farming area probably floods in the peak of the spring thaw. We travel the faster route from Shady Cove to Klamath Falls Read More

DAY 123 – 31st October – Thursday – CRATER LAKE

We take the Rogue-Umpqua Scenic Byway towards Prospect, reading signs declaring “This is Cougar Country”. Just short of Prospect we embark on the Avenue of the Giant Boulders trail, scrambling over challenging rocks to the viewpoint of Mill Creek Falls which are fuller than expected. We see the Varied Thrush. We also see these exactly Read More

DAY 122 – 30th October – Wednesday – AVENUE OF THE GIANTS & REDWOODS NATIONAL PARK

We leave Fortuna after our included breakfast and a chat to an ex Federal Officer who has some radically divergent opinions about America’s political arena and future, in stark contrast to most that we have heard to date. We travel straight down the coast on Hwy-101 to Philipsville and enter Avenue of the Giants through Read More

DAY 121 – 29th October – Tuesday – LASSEN VOLCANIC NATIONAL PARK

Yesterday’s 18⁰F, the nagging road signs and snow flurry are a little too much to endure and we buy snow chains. Only two and a half weeks of car hire remaining but rather safe than sorry. We’re expecting ice as it’s below freezing and there was ice on the car this morning when we left Read More

DAY 120 – 28th October – Monday – LAKE TAHOE, CARSON CITY & THE BENTELS

We pass Topaz Lake – the yellow cottonwoods and the blue waters make a striking contrast. As we travel lots of picas race across the road. These little squirrel-like balls of fluff have the same road skills as meerkats, if they know they might not make it, having committed to a road crossing, they stop, Read More

DAY 119 – 27th October – Sunday – YOSEMITE

Freddy has done us proud yet again. Last night was cold, 18⁰F (-8⁰C), but with all our blankets and in Martie’s case, socks and a beanie, we were warm as toast. However, we do feel that this may be our last camping night. We take a quick peek at Bass Lake which as its name Read More

DAY 118 – 26th October – Saturday – SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS

It was difficult to wrench ourselves from our lap of luxury in San Francisco, but this morning in the cool of the campsite we are rewarded with 6 Acorn Woodpeckers going loudly about their business. Another tick so early in the day. We leave the camp site at 8:34, early enough to reach Sequoia ahead Read More

DAY 117 – 25th October – Friday – SAN FRANCISCO TO SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK

Today is another translocation day with camping back in the mix. Our plan is to travel the 275 miles to Sequoia National Park with a midday visit to Pinnacles National Park. Traffic in San Francisco is not too bad, not like LA. It’s the lack of parking that is the big problem for us. We Read More

DAY 116- 24th October – Thursday – SAN FRANCISCO

Our day tour to the wine valleys of Sonoma & Napa.  Our home for the next 9 hours – more blue than grey I’d say! What follows is an accumulation of random facts on the Gray Line Bus Tour from our driver Shabli. San Fran has 43 hills – Nob, Russian, Telegraph, Pacific Heights, Twin Read More

DAY 115 – 23rd October – Wednesday – SAN FRANCISCO

After yesterday’s epic walking marathon, we will stay close to home or use the public transport system to get around. 20-kms doesn’t sound like much but when you’re sightseeing, ambling, popping in and out, hopping on and off, standing, debating – it takes its toll. GRACE CATHEDRAL Grace Cathedral is situated in Nob Hill between Read More

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