NorthWestward Ho!:

Hank and Barbara
(finally) visit
Oregon and Northern California

3-20 September 2005

The orange line follows our route for the first ten days of our trip.

The red dots mark the towns we stayed in:

  • Eugene
  • Corvallis
  • Camp Sherman
  • Bend
  • Crater Lake
  • Glide

To find out more and to see photo highlights from each of our stops,
click on the pictures below...

Saturday, September 3

We flew to Eugene and began our trip with a visit with Hank's cousin, La Rosa.

Barb, La Rosa, and Hank.

Monday, September 5

We traveled with our friends, Pat and Irma, to their home in Corvallis.

Pat and Irma at Silver Falls State Park.

Wednesday, September 7

We rented a car and took off on our own into the wilderness! First stop: Metolius River Lodge....

The "Mayfly" -- our little cabin in the woods!

Friday, September 9

After a stop in Sisters, we headed off to Bend and hike the Molten Land trail in Lava Lands Visitor Center.

Lava, lava everywhere.

Saturday, September 10

Between Bend and Crater Lake, we explored a lava cave, spent some time in Sunriver, and picked up a young nomadic hitchhiker along the snowy Cascade Lakes Highway.

Crater Lake Lodge with a dusting of snow.

Monday, September 12

We were unable to leave Crater Lake until the Visitor Center opened so that we could add the intrepid Mr. Chippy to our traveling family. Then we were off to Glide along the beautiful and waterfall-rich Rte 138.

View of the North Umpqua River from our deck at the Steelhead Run Bed & Breakfast.

The orange line follows our route through California.

The red dots mark the towns we stayed in:

  • Klamath
  • Eureka
  • Leggett
  • Point Arena
  • Big Sur
  • Home!

Tuesday, September 13

Our drive from Glide to Klamath, California, included a sidetrip to Ashland as well as a stop in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park for a hike along the Smith River to Stout Grove. A foggy foggy drive along the 101 brought us to our next home away from home....

...the fabulous Redwood Youth Hostel!

Thursday, September 15

Because we did not have far to go to get to Eureka, we took time for a couple of hikes in the Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park and investigating the town of Arcata. In Eureka, we drove out to the tip of the Samoa peninsula where we watched in amazement as a dreary horizon turned into...

...a spectacular sunset!

Friday, September 16

We took a rather circuitous route to nearby Leggett. In Ferndale, we embarked upon the scenic Lost Coast Highway, AKA Mattole Road, which passes through Humboldt State Park and leads directly to the Avenue of the Giants, a 31-mile portion of the old Highway 101 that winds through glorious groves of coastal redwoods.

The Lost Coast Highway.

Saturday, September 17

From Leggett, we headed south on Highway 1 to Point Arena. The Mendocino coast was breathtaking!

The wharf at Point Arena.

Monday, September 19

The clouds obscured our view along much of the thrill ride along the coast to Big Sur, but what we did see was more than enough to resolve any doubts we may have had about the beauty of the surrounding scenery.

McWay Creek pours into the ocean over an 80-foot cliff in Julia Pfeiffer-Burns State Park.

Tuesday, September 20

We continued south on Highway 1, stopping to look for elephant seals near Cambria and to have lunch in Montaña de Oro State Park, west of San Luis Obispo, before finally heading home.

"Well, it's about time."