Friday, October 30, 2009

San Francisco, Fisherman’s Wharf

We head to San Francisco and Fisherman’s Wharf on the Bay Link ferry from Vallejo. This was a lot better than trying to get the truck into San Francisco! The Ferry was an hour ride to the Port of San Francisco.

Golden Gate Bridge

Coit Tower atop Telegraph hill in Pioneer Park

Hard Rock Cafe

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

California Redwoods, The Avenue of Giants

Coast redwoods are the tallest known tree species in the world. Mature trees average 150 – 250 feet tall, and some of the tallest trees exceed 350 feet with a diameter of 12-20 feet. Areas known as alluvial flats are where many of the tallest trees grow. These low-lying river plains have soil filled with nutrients and decaying plant matter, which creates ideal conditions for growth.
These resilient trees often live several hundred years, and in some cases, more than 2,000 years. This makes them one of the oldest tree species in the world. Resistance to fire and disease make this long lifespan possible. Coast redwood bark is often over 1 foot thick on mature trees, and this creates a formidable barrier. In addition, the high tannin content is undesirable to insects while the low amounts of resin resist fire.

Look how big this tree is compared to the truck and trailer!

This tree makes us look thin again! :)

It's hard to capture how tall these trees really are, so we made this movie.

Paul and Blue say bye for now!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Oregon Coast

We’re headed to California! We got to hang out with our new friend at Surfwood RV Campground for a week. They have a jumping pillow the kids just loved!!

Here are a few more pictures from the Oregon Coast for the cubical impaired. :)

Monday, October 19, 2009

Reedsport Oregon…. The Pacific Coast

We officially made it to the west coast! We’ve towed the trailer a little over 6800 miles to get here, and it’s taken almost 8 months! The Oregon coast is incredibly beautiful, a lot different than the Atlantic and the east coast. Lots of steep and rugged cliffs, and tons of sea lions.

This is Devil’s Churn, the wave rush in and splash up over the edge.

Exploring the tidal pools and beach

We pulled into a turn off the on Pacific Coast highway and spotted all these Sea Lions, they must have been several hundred of them. If you click on the movie below, you can here them all barking!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Seattle, Washington

We went to Seattle today. The first stop after trying to park our over sized truck in a mini car city was the famous Space Needle. We only admired it from the ground, the admittance was over $50 to ride to the top. Forget about eating there it’s even worse.

After walking 5 miles, we figured out that all the inter city buses are free to ride. They have some really cool buses that run on electric and are stretched out. We got to ride the monorail, it runs from the retail section to the Space Needle.

We went to the famous Public Market. This was in the movie “Sleepless in Seattle”. The fresh vegetables, fruits and seafood were incredible.

Check these out!!!

We stopped at the “World Famous Pike Place Fish Market” and got to watch them throw fish.

Giant piggy bank!

We walked along the piers, and checked out the waterfront.

Robbie was shocked to find out the real truth about Bigfoot!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Huntington, Oregon

We took a short breather here on the Snake River in Huntington Oregon. It was a fun little campground right on the river.