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Day 24: Crescent City to Patrick’s Point State Park, CA

2011/07/30

Day 24: Crescent City to Patrick’s Point State Park, CA

Miles: 20 + 35

What I rode by: just released prisoners at the bus stop, sunrise, gray whale, elk, redwoods

We left the Orman Guest Ranch early to catch the Route 20 bus over a poor section of Hwy 101 just south of Crescent City. We got off at the first stop in Klamath just in time to catch a spectacular sunrise through the early morning fog covering the coastal mountains. Then, just down the road, we stopped to watch the gray whale that had been hanging out in the Klamath River for the past month. It kept swimming back and forth under the bridge. Every time it would swim under, the crowd of onlookers would run across the road (that’s Hwy 101 by the way, which was a big mess around the bridge). Shortly after that, we saw a herd of elk. It was a big mammal day.

The other highlight of the day was a stretch of road (by Prairie Creek where some of Jurassic Park was filmed) that took us through an old growth redwood forest.

Surreal sunrise in Klamath, CA.

Gray whale in the Klamath River.

Onlookers race across Hwy 101 as the whale swims under the bridge.

Big redwood tree

Looking up.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. elaine christensen permalink
    2011/08/01 09:18

    Welcome back to Cali, miss you both, pictures are awesome!!!!

  2. 2011/08/01 12:11

    You seem to have seen everything but a flying pig on this trip! Your pup is still doing well and having a blast romping with my dogs.

  3. Maria Rowell permalink
    2011/08/01 12:29

    What a great way to chronicle your trip. Love the picture of the gray whale–we never get to see them up close like that at the coast. Wishing you good weather now that you are in “sunny California” (but it is grey, overcast and cool here in Sebastopol). Thanks for inviting us to vicariously tag along.

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