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Redwoods and Beaches! Northern California

Anna Edgren • November 5, 2015

One thing we’ve learned so far about living a more nomadic lifestyle:  It is tricky to have to plan around being somewhere at a specific time.  In “normal” life, having a flight to catch can be a stressful event – you worry about running late, you have to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything, etc. In RV life, having a flight to catch means weeks of planning to make sure you arrive in the right place at the right time and have an appropriate place to park your life. So after leaving Oregon we had a whirlwind trip down through California, making numerous stops and finally arriving in Sacramento, where I had booked a flight to go visit my family back in Michigan for a long weekend (while Kelly stays put and holds down the fort). Our timeline for getting to Sacramento ended up being a bit aggressive – but we made it!

Here’s what we did along the way:

1. Mushroom Hunting!

Our first big stop was Eureka, CA, which is along the California coast in Humboldt County. We met up with some friends of friends who happened to be on their way to pick mushrooms, so we unabashedly begged to be included in their plans and thankfully they were happy to show us around. 

We walked through beautiful dark damp forests, scooping through brush to search for bright orange and sometimes lumpy chanterelle mushrooms.

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Fall is the time of year for mushroom hunting, and we had some success. Both couples got at least a pound of mushrooms.  

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Kelly finding gold.

Occasionally I would spot something orange on the forest floor that tricked me:

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Hey that’s not a mushroom!! (They grow BIG slugs here…)

With our excellent harvest we immediately went home and cooked up our dinner. 

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Preparing the goods!

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Chanterelles in butter and cream over garlic mashed potatoes -yummy!

2. Camping in the Redwoods

One thing I didn’t realize about this area of California – Redwood forests line the coast. I always thought of these giant trees being found further inland, but Redwood National Forest runs along the Pacific Ocean. It’s almost TOO MUCH beauty in one place. Not that I’m complaining. 

We stayed in Trinidad, south of the National Park and north of Eureka. 


Our campsite was in a redwood forest, which we loved. 

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TIny little RV…

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No joke.

We took a nice hike through the National Forest, and enjoyed this area very much.

3. More glorious Beach Time!

We finally got back to the beach again. We are officially beach-loving people. 

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Love this rocky Pacific coastline

And we got to see more spectacular sunsets here.

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I mean come on.

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He just likes to pose this way, I swear. He knows how majestic he looks.

Watching Max play at the beach is BARELY worth putting up with how ABSOLUTELY TERRIBLE he stinks up the RV with salty dog smell afterwards, but we persevere… 

So – time for another little break from RV life for me as I head home. Kelly is stationed in between Sacramento and San Francisco for the week so I’m sure he will amuse himself and hopefully get a lot of quiet time for work. I am looking forward to seeing my family for a few days – my poor sweet mother managed to break not one but BOTH of her legs this year (the second one being much worst than the first) so it will be great to spend time with her. 

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Anna Edgren • November 5, 2015

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