First of all, thank you to all of our friends and family that have checked on us and offered words of encouragement. We're still playing the waiting game, but the parts were ordered on Tuesday and on Friday we received an e-mail from Lippert saying they were shipped. Our extended warranty is paying about half, so we were glad to hear that. We were pretty sure they would not pay for the other axle which hadn't been damaged yet or the tires and wheels that would need to be replaced. Jim has had to spend a lot of time with followup phone calls to the various parties involved.
We have been trying to make the best of it and seeing some of the beautiful sights in the area.
Wednesday, we drove north to the Redwoods National Park enjoying the beauty of the coastline.
As we drove north, we came to a stretch of highway with Freshwater Lagoon on one side
and the Pacific coast on the other. It was a cloudy day, but the fog hovering in parts of the coastline gave an interesting effect.
We walked along the coastline spying this rock formation with a natural window inside.
We were able to walk inside the rock to peer out the window.
We hadn't seen waves quite like these. There were signs warning about them being rolling waves. The swell would rise and then the waves just tumbled on top. You could see how it could be dangerous swimming. Of course, first you would have to brave the cool temperatures. :)
After our walk along the beach, we headed to the Redwoods National Park and spied some Roosevelt Elk resting in the shade.
We drove along the Redwoods drive heading towards the small town of Klamath. That had been our original destination before our bearing/axle problem.
We drove up Klamath River Road to an observation point overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
To the right, we looked down to see the mouth of the Klamath River (on the right) flowing into the ocean.
We found a spot nearby to have lunch and then went back down the road stopping at this overlook. The bear statues had attracted us. This actually is what is left of the Douglas Memorial Bridge that was swept away in a flood during Christmas week, 1964. The bridge had been constructed in 1924.
We then drove through the little town of Klamath to go to the other side which overlooked the ocean. The views were pretty spectacular.