Trip ReportTADMO BL TRIPS #6 Humboldt Coast with my Bro & #7 Anniv. Coast Trip with Mo. Carr Fire Devastation Pics.
Trip #6 Humboldt Coast with my Bro
The day after the Carr Fire started the wife flew to Maine for a 3 week visit with her family.
This gave me the opportunity a week later to bail from the smoke and heat of Redding and take a trip to the Humboldt coast as my brother Chad and his GF Teresa had made CG reservations for 5 nights at Patrick's Point State Park.
The trip over and back was made 2 hours longer each way as Hwy. 299 was closed due to the Carr fire, I had to take Hwy. 36 instead. :(
We did some hiking and beach combing at PP and at Prairie Creek Redwoods/Fern Canyon as well. I also got my Bro addicted to surf fishing which he had never done before. We slayed the surf perch together and kept a few for meals but tossed most back into the big blue.
The weather was cool and cloudy for a couple days but the last 3 days of the trip the marine layer burned off by 11 am. :)
Always great to hook up with my retired bro, during his 35 year career in the USMC we rarely saw or heard from each other.
Trip #7 Anniv. Coast Trip with Mo. Carr Fire Devastation Pics.
So our 36th anniversary was Aug. 14th but Mo did not get back from Maine until the 15th so I planned a surprise coast trip to celebrate.
Mo was only home for a day before we packed up the TADMO BL and headed west this time on newly opened Hwy. 299.
Many sections of the Hwy. had pilot car controlled traffic adding an hour to the drive while logging, utility and restoration crews worked the burned areas.
The scope and magnitude of the Carr fire devastation was shocking.
Anyway, we spent 5 days on the Humboldt and Mendocino coast sight seeing, beach combing, fishin and enjoying being back in each others arms once again.
We also avoided the smoke and heat here at home.
We spent half the time at our Orick area beach hang and stealth bivy site and the other half in the Fort Bragg area at MacKerricher SP :( and Glass Beach.
California's State Parks suk in my opinion!
$45 per night at MacKerricher SP, water was not even potable, had a brown tint to it, they had boil first warnings posted on faucets and bathrooms and it was .25 cents a minute if you wanted to shower in that crap.
We chose not to drink the water or shower there.
Never again! :(
FWIW, Oregon's State Parks are always clean, well maintained, more affordable at $25 per nite and the showers always hot and free. ;)
I'll end the rant now, share some visuals and proudly declare I still love my wife! :)
All for now,
together we will travel. :)
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