Bodega Bay/ Bodega, CA.

While staying at the San Francisco North/ Petaluma KOA campground, we did a day trip and drove to Bodega Bay and Bodega, CA. This area served as filming locations for a few major Hollywood films, including The Birds, The Goonies, The Fog, I Know What You Did Last Summer, and more.

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The drive to Bodega Head gave us beautiful views of the coast.

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We hung out long enough to catch another magnificent sunset!

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                             Grab a glass of wine and enjoy the pictures!

San Francisco, CA.

We took the ferry from Larkspur into the city for a day of exploring. It was a convenient way to enter the city without dealing with traffic and parking. We spent nine hours and walked 10 miles throughout the city. Needless to say, we were pretty tired and slept like babies that night!

                                                         Our list of stops included:

                                                          Pier 39                                                                                                                                                       Fishermans Wharf                                                                                                                               Ghirardelli Square                                                                                                                               Hyde Street Pier                                                                                                                                   Lombardo Street                                                                                                                                   Historic Cable Car Ride                                                                                                                       Chinatown

 

I’m sure we missed a lot of great places to see. We’ll be back for another day of exploring. If you have ever been to San Francisco, please tell us some of your favorite things you did!

Northern California

Well, we made it to California! It’s Lori’s first time here , I’ve been to California before, many, many years ago. So its new territory for the both of us. We’re very excited to see this beautiful part of the country.

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We spent the day exploring Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park. Located 9 miles east of Crescent City, this 10,000 acre park has HUGE trees! The trails that wind through this thick, dense, and ancient forest are a real treat to hike.

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A short hike from our campsite was Battery Point Lighthouse. First lit in 1856, this lighthouse was the first on the California coast. It definitely made a great place to experience our first California sunset.

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Cape Blanco State Park, OR.

Located on the coast of southwestern Oregon, this park features a campground, lighthouse, and plenty of hiking trails. It sits on a 250+ ft bluff, so the winds can get pretty intense. They’ve been clocked at 184 mph here, twisting the Sitka spruce trees. The endless beaches provide awesome beachcombing and beautiful sunsets.

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This lighthouse is the oldest in Oregon, continuously lighting the way for ships since 1870. It also holds two more records, the most westerly and the highest focal plane at 256 ft.

 

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View from the top of the lighthouse. Thanks, Lori !
 

The coastline in this area is amazing! One could spend hours beachcombing, hiking and exploring!

 

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                                What’s not to love about the Oregon coast !!!!!!!!!!

Cape Disappointment State Park, WA.

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The campground here at the state park is located right on the beach. Just a few steps away from our site, we’re able to walk along the beautiful shoreline and watch humpback whales. The sunsets here are pretty nice too.

The area has a Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, 2 lighthouses, and ruins of military bunkers and coastal defense batteries. The hiking trails are plentiful that take you through amazing coastal forests.

We’ve been very lucky with the weather.  Since arriving, its been nothing but beautiful blue skies everyday. We heard its usually windy, cloudy and rainy here.

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The trees on Bell’s View Overlook have definitely seen the wind.

 

The little town of Astoria, OR. is located on the south shore of the Columbia River. Spending the day here was alot of fun.

At the end of a long day of discovery, we sit and enjoy!