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Drive down the Oregon/California Coast
(Fern Canyon)
October 8, 2005

West Coast Trip


Columbia River Gorge

Vista House Views

Delightful Dahlias

Roseburg RV Rally

Gold Beach

Jetboat Ride


Coast Drive


Jedediah Smith SP

Fern Canyon

Trees of Mystery

Newton Drury Drive

Lady Bird Grove

Ave. of the Giants



Today was one of those days that turned out to be so blessed because we were willing to go with the flow instead of sticking to a pre-made plan. We headed out south from Crescent City with the Lady Bird Johnson Grove as our goal. Near there, however, we saw a sign that said use Davidson Road for wild elk viewing. We thought that sounded like a nice, short diversion, so we turned, and sure enough, there were quite a few elk lazing around in a nearby field.

But then we were intriqued by an entrance sign to Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park that said we were only 4 miles from Gold Bluffs Beach and 8 miles from Fern Canyon. I can never resist a beach and ferns are some of my favorite green beings, so we decided to take off down that road instead. We could see it was a narrow, twisty road with a sign banning vehicles over 24 foot long, so we figured now was the time since we were in the tow car.
It was slow going, and we even had to cross a couple of streams, but we didn't care - it was really a beautiful drive. By the time we made it to Gold Bluffs Beach, we were hungry and it was a perfect spot for our picnic lunch. We really loved the sound of the waves here - they were different than we'd been used to along the coast so far. This was just nothing but water as far out as you could see - without the rocky seastacks to beat against, these waves sounded gentler, but still ever so powerful.
By the time we made it to Fern Canyon, mom said she was too tired to make the trek into it. She was content to sit on a bench a short distance away from the entrance and wait for me there where she could watch the ocean. I went a ways back into the canyon, and was so intrigued by it that I had made up my mind I would just insist she had to see this - the deep canyon walls covered by shimmering emerald green ferns, the little foot bridges giving you access across the sparkling streams - there was just no way she could miss this!
She didn't seem too sure about it when I told her this trek was worth it, and she should come on even though it was a bit tiring. But here she is a little ways into it and she now looks convinced, doesn't she?
There were all sorts of interesting portals made by huge fallen trees you could pass under - with incredibly interesting shapes and colors.
On the way out, I remember thinking "If this is the last sight I see on earth, I'd consider myself lucky." As we emerged out of the canyon, this ray of light was shining upon us like a special blessing - what a glorious day!
Next Stop - Trees of Mystery

Places I've


(Alaska trip)
Victoria, BC

Cedar Point


New Orleans

New York
  Niagara Falls
After 9-11

Oregon Coast/
CA Redwoods



National Parks
I've seen


Denali NP

Glacier NP

Grand Canyon

Grand Tetons

Olympic (WA)



Malia's Miles

Crater Lake

Hot Springs




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