Thursday, June 22, 2017

Mr. Toad's Wild Ride over hill and dale

And it was a wild ride.
It started innocently enough and we woke up after
boondocking at the Grizzly Creek Park
to the haze on the mountains.
 And a bridge.
 And then we entered Humboldt Redwood Park.
OMGEE...the trees are huge, beautiful and the entire forest
is magical.
 There also was a bit of nip in the air.
They are very very tall and normally I'd lay
on the ground to get the immenseness of them.
 But I decided to get the dimenision using our rig 
that looks like a mini car next to the trees.
 And a burl. 
They are sooooo coool.
 So the roads in the park are ugly. Really ugly.
Alot of twisty, turny curves that with big rig or towing 
caused problems, along with losse gravel and of course rude drivers
that made everything crazy because rigs just couldn't
maneuver that fast and really tried to get
out of the way but rude drivers made it worse.
 And didn't that take the enjoyment out of the ride.
Also, we decided to check out a lighthouse so we took this
road that was even worse than the park.
Ruts so big I thought we were headed to the center of the earth.
The inside of our rig looked like it was ransacked
by random thieves on that road.
It also was a loose gravel, big ruts, on a road that pretended
to be two lanes that had nail biting dropoffs
because the road was washed out in certain places.
And we FINALLY AFTER HOURS get to the road with the lighthouse
and the sign says MOTORHOMES NOT RECOMMENDED
on this road.
Seriously?????

So we had to cross this bridge with wooden slats in order
to get out of that area and it took a few more
hours of the same road to wind up right back where
we started in the redwood forest.
Whew!
 So evidently this redwood fell across the road and had to 
be whacked in order to clear the road.
 This one is as big as our rig.
So glad to be back on dry land after that ride.
We nestled in at the Emerald Forest campground and
did mundane things like laundry
and putting everything back where it belonged.

Headed for the Redwood National Park today where the trees
are even bigger. I can't imagine.
However, if the roads suck - that may be a game changer.
It was a tense road day yesterday that I really don't want to repeat.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Made it to California

And we're staying at the North Shore Campground.
In the meantime we headed to Lassen Volcanic National Park.
And what a pretty ride in it was.

 And then you come around the corner....
 It appears that they had some snowfall...
and they are clearing the roads so we could only
go as far as the sulphur pots.
It's gonna take them 2 weeks to clear it all out.
And here's Tom tossing a snowball at me.
Quite the action shot.
 Artistic license because I thought it looked cool.
 Run off from the snow melting on the mountains.
 Trying to catch the vapor rising in the background there.

 And a steamy, bubbling, boiling mudpot.
And didn't it not smell good.
 Additional runoff.
 Artistic license again with the bent tree.
Who doesn't love a bent tree.


So there are four volcanoes out there and so far
none of them are active.
They were spewing and brewing in the mid 1900's
and then went dark.
And that's a good thing.
However, because volcanoes are not the most
stable things geologists are keeping tabs on it 
which I find comforting.
At&t just informed me I have used 75% of my high speed data.
We're not even 3 weeks into this trip.
I'm in big trouble.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Shoshone Falls Idaho

Are wild and beautiful and taller than Niagara Falls.
 There were multitudes of falls running into each other.

 Caught a rainbow below.
I had to look down.
 The power plant below in a cool looking building.

It was a lovely walk to and fro to the falls
the weather was gorgeous.

I even did a video of the falls that I can't find on my iphone.
Shocking I know.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Tearing up Utah highways 91-15

At a Love's truck stop because where else
does a trucker go.
Hanging out with the big rigs.
 It was sooooo good seeing Shane and meeting his teammate.
We had a great time laughing and goofing around.
 I was able to see his truck up close and personal and
wow! I can't imagine handling something of that size.
 Scenes from after we parted ways.......
and headed toward Idaho.



 View from the windshield.
 Courthouse in Brigham City.



Beautiful scenes everywhere you look
and they do take your breath away.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Dinosaur National Monument

Absolutely amazing - 
this little fella is the greeter...
There's a shuttle that takes you to this building
which happens to be built around the dig site that 
housed the fossils/bones.
It's 2 stories and these amazing bones are on a wall
that goes from floor to ceiling.
You start on the 2nd floor... 

 Down the first floor that have this completed Allosaurus.
They actually pulled at 25 completed dinosaurs 
and loaned them out to different museums.
 This guy lost a couple of pieces.
 And here's and old fossil touching and old fossil.
 Scenery is beautiful.
 That old fossil keeps showing up in my photos.
 As you travel through the park they have key
points... and this was the wall art
found at the same time the dig was going on.
 The above one is the only one I could possible ID that
its like a sunburst type thing.
Below if you see anything artsy let me know.
This is elephant toes rock...
Its neat but tricky to get because its off the road
that I took from the window because
with all the shrubs around I wouldn't have got it.
 Turtle rock.
There are RV and tent sites along
this river that would've been amazing to camp in.
However, we're still having fridge problems. 😑😑😑😑
Hopefully they'll be solved soon.

We're hoping to catch up with Shane tomorrow.
Keep your fingers crossed.

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