Bandon, OR to North Coast Redwoods,CA

From Bandon, OR we traveled south on Hwy 101 heading to Klamath, CA.  We stopped at Cape Blanco Lighthouse, the westernmost point in Oregon and the oldest continuously operating lighthouse on the coast.  We wanted to drive to the lighthouse but we were pulling the fifth wheel and it was a long, narrow, one lane, winding gravel road to the point. It was cold and very windy!

Cape Blanco
Cape Blanco is the most western point in Oregon

Our next stop was at the Port Orford Heads State Park and Coast Guard Museum, we walked to the original site of the Coast Guard Watchtower which was destroyed in 1864, there was a Coast Guard museum which showed the history of the Coast Guard in the area.

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(Site of the destroyed Coast Guard Watchtower, you can see the foundation where the tower once stood)

The drive on Hwy 101 is so beautiful with so many places to stop and enjoy the coastline.

We stopped along the Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor.  The view was AMAZING but it was super windy and cold!  We quickly walked the trails with the pups!

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We reached Mystic Forest RV Park in Kalamath in the afternoon.  The owners were so nice and we met a World War II Veteran who was stationed on Whidbey Island!  Hugh even got to play……???

It took him a few tries to remember how to play :)
It took him a few tries to remember how to play 🙂

We got local advice (from the owners of the campground) on where to go and we were not disappointed 🙂 First stop Requa Rd. Vista Point, I saw 2 whales migrating north for the summer!

Requa Road Vista Point
Requa Road Vista Point
Requa Road Vista Point
The view is incredible!

We drove on the Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway (they closed it off during the weekend for Bicyclist only).  The drive is gorgeous with trails all along the way to explore the Giant Redwoods.
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(Can you see us in the photos?)

We stopped at the “Big Tree”, it is 21.6 feet in diameter and 304 feet tall. It is estimated to be over 1500 yrs old.

Big Tree (Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park)
Big Tree (Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park)

We went on the Cal Barrel Rd.  It is a one lane road thru stunning old growth redwood forest.

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(These pictures on Cal-Barrel Rd just don’t do it justice, the drive is Magnificent!)

We drove to Gold Bluffs Beach which is where Fern Canyon is.  Steven Spielberg filmed scenes for Jurassic Park here.

Gold Bluffs Beach
Gold Bluffs Beach

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We have a video of a portion of the drive to this location –

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The dogs were able to run on the beach and play!  Look at those things on the beach around Emma….. read about “Velella velella, by-the-wind sailors”!

We were lucky to be able to go to the Battery Point Lighthouse which is only accessible during a low tide.

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We picked up lunch at Vita Cucina in Crescent City (great food) and drove to the Smith River, it’s a beautiful river with crystal clear water (we were told it is one of the cleanest rivers in the nation).  We hiked down to the river and had lunch sitting in the middle of a creek.  AWESOME;)

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On the way back from Smith River we stopped at Crescent City Harbor Lookout on Enderts Beach Rd.  Nice way to end our stay in the area!

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We also saw a lot of Elk while driving around the area.

Roosevelt Elk
Roosevelt Elk

Bandon OR. to Klamath CA. – 2 hrs. 40 min. (130 miles)

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