Tales From The Camping House

Tales From The Camping House

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Avenue of the Giants

The weather in Eureka, California is really unusual for us being in Texas most of our lives.  There is a 10 degrees difference between the daytime high (around 64) and the nighttime low (around 54).  The area is usually in fog. The six days we have been here, we have had about two hours of sunlight all together.  Dreary yes, but when you are living in your rv on a dealership lot with 15 amp hookup, it is a blessing. :)

 100 miles from here in Redding, the high today is supposed to be 108.  

We learned yesterday, we could drive just a little ways inland and there was sunlight!  The dealership was closed for the weekend, we couldn't do anything about our axles, so we decided to make the best of it and head to the giant redwood forests along the Avenue of the Giants.

The avenue is actually a 31 mile road that was the original Highway 101.

We have been to this area before, but these magnificent trees are always a sight to behold.

There are several groves to stop at and hiking paths throughout the park.  It is part of the Humboldt Redwoods State Park.  

We loved the ferns and clovers that just grew naturally through the forest.

Here's a redwood tree that had fallen over with a natural garden growing on it.   Isn't nature beautiful!

 It's hard to imagine the massiveness of these trees without a little perspective.  We are dwarfs among these giants.  Many of these trees are over a 1,000 years old.

Some people will do anything for a picture, but I just had to get this view

from this perspective. :)

 As we drove a little farther inland, the sun came out and we peeled off our jackets.  We stopped for a leisurely outdoor lunch at a little sidewalk cafe in Miranda.

After a few more stops it was time to return to Eureka.  As we approached the town, we began seeing the fog build up and it was a heavy blanket by the time we got to the rig.

It was a wonderful afternoon seeing those beautiful giants again!

Eureka update- Lippert will have to build axles as they do not keep the ones we need in stock.  We can't order parts until our extended warranty company gives the o.k.  We figure we will be here at least two weeks.


  1. Wow, this is some adventure you are having. On the bright side, it didn't damage the rest of your RV and you do have a place to stay with a bit of electric. Doesn't sound like you will need heat or air. Hope things work out okay real soon.

  2. OMG! I know how hard it is to make lemonade out of lemon's. But isn't it nice to not have a schedule you have to keep.

  3. Oh my, I know that part of the world and Eureka can be very depressing! I just started this blogging thing and I am exploring related blogs when I came across yours. We are trying to decide if we want to sell the house and go full time in our fifth wheel. Good to be reminded that it's not all fun and games. Hope you can take some more side trips while you wait for your repair as there are some interesting and picturesque places to visit just outside of Eureka!

    1. Thanks, Margie! We have made several trips away from town and have actually had a couple of days of sun. The good thing is our schedule is not in stone and we're learning to be flexible. :)

  4. I just had to comment on some of your photos. The "clover" in the forest is oxalis. You can eat it. The young, light green leaves have a lemon flavor.

    The log with the garden on it is called a "nurse log" because it is like a nursery in the forest. The nutrients from a nurse log help new plants get a start.

    What a bummer that you are "stuck" for two weeks or so. Glad you are making the most of it by touring the surrounding area.

    We'll be happy to hear when you get your wheels under you again.