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Coos Bay south along to the coast to Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park

Ahh the last section of I have never been here to: wow, the last time I was here was 1981 ..

We packed up from Sunset Bay state park, drove over to Batesndorf County Park to use their dump station and hit the highway. Almost immediately I too a wrong but Right turn and took this great back road through the hills past the South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve and on to one of my favorite named roads of the trip “Seven Devils Road”. I half expected to run into a bunch of old friends on that one. Once on 101 it was a very pleasant drive along the coast.

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With Friday afternoon creeping in and Gold Bluffs Campground being first come first served we pressed on into California, grabbed a Burrito in Crescent City and set our sights on Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. My last visit was in 81 when I was a Student at Humboldt State University. My memory although hazy from smoking some of the locally products was of a small campground, great hiking and Bull Elk on the beach. We were not to be let down.

I exited 101 at Davidson road which turns to dirt and climbs up through the redwoods then down to the beach. The road has a length restriction of 24 feet so I chopped a foot off my imaginary tape measure and went for it. Width wise you can only pass in turnouts and you really have to follow the uphill traffic has the right of way rule. It had rained the night before and this would be the first time I had had my 19.5s in the dirt so I shifted into 4x4 and off we went.

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We did run into some traffic heading away from the beach and the drivers were for the most part wide eyed and certain that they were going to meet their doom on the front bumper of my lumbering beast. I have never seen folks back up or swerve to the ditch so fast in my life. I loved it.

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5 miles and one entering Tsunami danger zone sign later we broke out of the forest for a leisurely 3 mile drive on gravel washboard complete with one stream crossing on the way to Gold Bluffs Campground
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The campground consists of one loop on the beach and about 20 sites and a vault toilet. Perfect

We snagged the last open site.

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Gold Bluffs

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As we settled in we were treated to a beautiful Bull Roosevelt Elk strolling his way down the beach

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looking North along the bluffs towards Fern Canyon where we would go hiking the next morning

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Drinks in hand, doggies at our sides we watched the Sun set into Ocean from the sand dunes

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Night time

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Stars and the roar of the waves breaking off shore was an excellent end to the day

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In the morning we had a quick bowl of granola some coffee and took the dogs out to the beach

Fresh elk tracks

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We broke camp and headed for a special treat. A hike up Fern Canyon, it is spectacular at any time but in the rain when you need to wear waders to hike up and the canyon walls are a solid waterfall through the ferns it takes your breath away

Fresh Elk Sign

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Breathtaking

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We climbed up out of the Canyon and strolled among the redwoods

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Banana Slug
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California Red Legged Frog

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The happy wanderers

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Another one of those reminders that we are in Earthquake /Tsunami country

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Then as we descended back to beach level and came around a turn there he was. Simply magnificent

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Man I hated to leave Prairie Creek. But it was back to the Lance, 4 miles of washboard, 5 miles of dirt and back to hwy 101

We stopped for Lunch in Trinidad and refueled for the drive home. We did take a side trip to Fortuna south of Eureka where we found this Bakery and Chocolate shop that had been featured on Diners Dives and Drive Ins. Their cinnamon buns were to die for. We cleaned them out.

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Somewhere along the road I heard a metallic bang so I pulled over and checked. I didn't find anything but I was experiencing more sway and wander when turning right so I knew I had snapped something so I just had to drive a bit slower and all was good

As we headed south into Mendocino and Sonoma counties you could really see the effects of the drought. The Van Duzen river was dry. Sections of the Eel were dry it was amazing. At around 8pm we had dinner at Chicago pizza in Petaluma. We rolled into our driveway at around 10pm

Sunday Morning I found the snap

one of the bolts for the rear airbag mount had snapped. Same side as my blow out 10 months earlier. I have to wonder if it was related to all the damage that occurred back then.

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Anyways we had a great trip, I hope you enjoyed coming along and to quote the Beatles

Thank you and I hope we passed the audition

Buzz

* This post was edited 10/04/14 08:15pm by Buzzcut1 *


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great trip report, thank's

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Thanks again for the Great Trip report and Photos.

Bob in Calif.


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Beautiful! Thanks for sharing!


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Thanks! Simply thanks.


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Nice trip report and pics.


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This is a very nice trip report again from you, Buzzcut1, with lots of wonderful photos. Thanks for sharing.


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So all in all it was one heck of a 8 day 1600 mile drive. Next time I come up this way I will spend most of my time exploring the lakes and trails off the Cascades lakes Highway. Its my kind of Boondocking, Kayaking and Fishing. I would skip Crater lake except for just doing a pass through. Its beautiful but it lacks in my kind of recreational activities. I would go back and explore around the Volcanoes. The coast is too populated for my taste. I really liked the comfort zone that the 19.5 tires and wheels gave me. No paranoia about heat build up load and tire failure. All I had to do was keep the rubber side down and relax.

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Thanks for a great report. I put the first 2 parts in with the rest of your trip reports in the South West part of the trip report sticky, but next updated (around the end of the year) I'll add these 2 parts but then move them to a new Buzzcut1 section added to the North West part of the sticky, so they will be with all the other Oregon reports.

Thought I would mention this now while I remember so at Christmas you don't think your Oregon reports have gone missing.

Steve.


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Amazing trip reports. Thanks for sharing. It was very, very difficult for us to leave gold bluffs campground as well [emoticon]


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