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Northern California & Oregon (Summer Road Trip Part 5)

Sausalito, CA – Humboldt Redwoods State Park, CA – Redwood National Park, CA – Portland, OR

Avenue of the Giants, Humboldt Redwoods State Park

Trees, trees, and more trees. That’s the story of Northern California. We visited the ‘Avenue of the Giants’ in Humboldt Redwoods State Park, home to some of the world’s tallest trees- California Coastal Redwoods. We also visited the Redwood National Forest, where recently the new World’s Tallest Tree has been found. The redwoods were incredible, and walking under them really made you feel so insignificant and tiny. They were inspiring and beautiful… This was definitely a highlight of the trip for me. Then we continued north to Portland, where we visited Travis and checked out his new house, and visited Portland’s Japanese Gardens.

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San Francisco & Marin Headlands (Summer Road Trip Part 4)

Gerlach, NV – Reno, NV – San Francisco, CA – Marin Headlands, CA – Sausalito, CA

The Golden Gate, From the Marin Headlands

From Burning Man we headed towards San Francisco… Unfortunately, we had to take a quick detour just before we crossed the Bay Bridge to bring Lena to the hospital due to what turned out to be a Kidney Infection. After an expensive trip to the emergency room, an IV, and some antibiotics in hand we were able to continue to The City By The Bay. We stayed there for a few days while Lena recovered a bit, then visited some of the sights in town before heading across the Golden Gate to the Marin Headlands. We were hoping for warm, sunny beaches, but of course found more fog and bomb shelters than anything.

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Death Valley and Yosemite (Summer Road Trip Part 2)

Death Valley National Park, CA – Yosemite National Park, CA – Reno, NV

Sunrise in Death Valley

We made our visit to Death Valley as quick as possible to avoid… Well, death. Then, we moved on to Yosemite to trade the dry deserts for milder climates, and evergreen forests. along the way we picked up Jeffery Jones, a native American (even if the name is misleading) who had ridden his bike from Florida to Alaska… He was on his way back to his reservation in Arizona when his sprocket broke and he ended up hitching a ride with our motley cure, making it the strangest looking band of misfits when the cop pulled us over for speeding. We got off with a warning, dropped Jeffery at the nearest bike shop, then made a quick hike to the top of Vernal Falls in Yosemite (Half-Dome was vetoed by the group), and continued to Reno that night to gear up for the Big Event.

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