3 Week Road Trip up Hwy 1 / US 101

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  1. Rustbucket

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    My family and I just got back from a much needed vacation. We've had a lot of stress lately between the move back to Arizona, a custody battle over my children and my wife's pending Immigration status to the US. So we decided to take a slow road trip up the west coast from San Diego all the way to the Olympic Peninsula, taking the Pacific Coast Highway 1 or US 101 wherever possible.

    We purposely made no schedule or advance reservations, just loaded up my F150 and went. We saw beaches, cities and Redwood forests. Unfortunately we also saw a lot of wildfire smoke. We did a mix of camping, hotels and several nights at a family cabin near Point Reyes. I spent an evening jamming with my younger cousin and got to see the sailboat he's took 3 years to build. I was lucky enough to visit both of my Grandmothers (84 and 99 years old). We spent 18 days on the way up and 3 days back as we ran out of time. It didn't rain the entire time, yet was raining when I got back to Phoenix...go figure.

    My kids are great travelers and have fun wherever they go. It was a fantastic trip overall and a great way to forget about life for awhile. I highly recommend doing it sometime if you are a road/travel enthusiast and have the time.

    I'm posting some pics for those interested. I choose not to show my kids faces to random people on the internet. I'll let them embarrass themselves online when they get older. :rolleyes:

    San Diego area:
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    Big Sur:
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    A foggy day at the Golden Gate Bridge (Imagine that...:lol:)
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    Tomales Bay, below my grandmother's cabin in Inverness, CA. Much warmer here :cool::
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    Mendocino, CA area. This was probably my favorite spot on the entire coast as you had redwoods, cliffs and beaches all intersecting in one location:
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    A 3 hour road closure north of Eureka due to an emergency rockslide repair. We made the most of it by setting up a tailgate and even broke out my beater acoustic for a set. The construction workers loved us!:D
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    Camping on the Chetco River in Southwestern Oregon. We spent 2 nights here. The water looks green due to the camera angle and moss on the bottom, but was surprisingly clear when swimming:
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    Spent another 3 days on the Oregon Coast, visiting Newport, Lincoln City and this nice stretch north of Cape Kiwanda. It's a beautiful coastline:
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    Lake Crescent in Olympic National Park. The water was clear enough to see 30-50 feet down and we enjoyed riding our bikes on the old railroad trail:
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    Finally made it up to the tip of the peninsula to Port Angeles, WA. We could see Vancouver Island in the distance. We made it, but were out of time so we had to head home unfortunately. :(
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    Took the inland route on the way home to save some time. This is from the last night of the vacation showing my son the lights of Vegas from the room after dinner and a walk up and down the Strip:
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    Wow, a memorable trip for the family. One that the kids will never forget. I've done that west coast shoreline trip, once by motorcycle and twice by car. So much to look at and I love all your great photos. Summer thread galore! Thanks
     
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    Thanks, Dented! Yes, it was amazing.
     
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    That was a wonderful trip. Amazing places. Inverness, Tomales Bay, Mendocino, Oregon Coast, ……travel with your children to some of the best and most interesting parts of the USA, and gifting them with memories.
     
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    Great idea! I’m ready to hit the road soon.
     
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    Looks like a blast.
     
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    You didn’t mention the Trees of Mystery. Surely, you did stop for that?
     
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    Yup, like @dented, i did this same trip on my ‘59 Harley just after a divorce. A non forgettable, mind clearing journey. You and your lovely family will remember this forever. Mendocino is my favorite spot too. Thanks for sharing and reminding me about what is important in life.
     
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    What a wonder filled adventure for you and the family. Been up and down the entire west coast a few times over the decades. Absolutely love all of it, but for moi, the crown jewels are Rialito and Shi Shi beaches in WA. They are like stepping back in time a few thousand years; so wild and primitive. Been there when we were the only folks on the beach. Need to get out there. Its only about a 6 hour jaunt.
     
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    What a epic trip and a good dad!
     
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    Did you mean the Drive Thru Redwood trees? We did go to that park in Leggit, but after watching a lady rip her passenger side mirror off her Explorer, I chose not to try to navigate my truck through.
     
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    Thanks for the tip. I would have liked to explore that stretch of coast as well, but unfortunately, we started running out of days by then. I have a set amount of summer vacation days with my kids at this point in life. One day!
     
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    so glad you had a nice trip with the fam! road trips are the best... and runnin up 1 and 101 have some of my favorite places!
     
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    Noooo! You missed it? You drove right by it.

    https://treesofmystery.net/
     
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    That looks awesome, and I do remember seeing the sign for that! We ended up sitting for 3 hours at the roadway closure just north of there anyway so should have stopped. Next time!
     
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    Don't show your kids that. They're gonna be so mad... There's a guy that sits in the head of the Paul Bunyan figure and talks to people. He's quick, clever and hilarious.


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    That is so nice!! So much to see up 101. I also did the same up 395 one year. 3 weeks off. No reservations. Tent and camp equip. Did stay at lodging a couple times too. From Lone Pines to Mono lake. Time to explore with my then 12 year old son. We did hike up Whitney trail to base camp, 11000 feet. Was in shorts @9000. Was rain/sleet and cold @11000! Wasn't prepared for that!
     
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    Very cool. I will have to check out 395 when I get the chance. Another road you can follow it all the way to the border then explore into the Canadian Rockies to the north.
     
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