Mendocino Coast Trip
November 15 to 17, 2012

It was almost a month before we could get away on another trip. Since we were already planning a long desert trip at New Year we decided to head up the north coast again.

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November 14, 2012

We encountered showers and rainbows as we drove north up Highway 101, and went for a few short walks in the dripping redwood forest.

This is at the Founders Grove, one of my favorite places in the redwoods.

We spent the night at Burlington, headquarters for Humboldt Redwoods State Park. This campground is in a dense dark second growth redwood forest with huge stumps attesting to the magnificent forest that once flourished there.

November 15, 2012

We spent the morning in the redwood forests of the Eel River, then took windy Highway 1 (from its very beginning) across the ranges to the coast. A stretch of the coast highway north of Westport has been bypassed by a new alignment further inland and the old road made into a long linear campground. Each year more of the campsites collapse into the ocean, but there was little competition and we got a site right on the clifftop. The weather was gray with occasional light rain, so we enjoyed the view from inside the camper.

An absolutely magnificent campsite on the clifftops at Westport-Union Landing State Park. The sound of the surf from just below us was overwhelming.

November 16, 2012

The sun came out for half an hour in the morning, just long enough for a few pictures.

All panoramas taken this day (4)

Panoramas of Westport and Rockport

Panoramas of Jughandle Reserve and Russian Gulch State Park

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