Our USA Summer Road Trip is well underway. So far we’ve visited the almighty Seattle, caught the Amtrack train to Portland, picked up a Cadillac De Ville and made our way South down the World Famous Highway 101 into California. We left Portland aiming to make it to Gold Bluffs Beach on the Northern tip of Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. The road was long but we made our first destination in good time and high spirits. Crossing the border from Oregon to California was a blast, the sun was high in the sky, our Cadillac roared down the highway as we high-fived on entry into California to the sound of some of our favourite tunes.
The Soundtrack: Coining the term ‘Caraoke’ we made sure to chose CD’s with great sing-a-long tracks as we do love to wail. No road trip would be complete without a well chosen selection of the greatest music, right? Here’s a sneak peek at a few of our favourite CD’s that we’ll be playing. Highlights include: The Rat Pack Greatest, The Great Ladies Sing Gershwin- personal favourites include: Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off – Sarah Vaughan, They Can’t Take That Away From Me – Ella Fitzgerald, Summertime – Dinah Washington. The Chess Studio Greatest Hits and of course some show tunes from Marilyn Monroe, Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend.
Novelty Car Air Freshner: Simply a must! Thanks to our BFF Chrissie for the generous gift. We have our novelty Ice Cream Car Air Freshner hanging pride of place on our rear view mirror. It smells so good.Entering California: Known to be America’s most popular state California boasts the most diverse geography ranges from the Pacific Coast in the west, to the Sierra Nevada mountains in the east, from the Redwood Douglas-fir forests of the northwest, to the Mojave Desert areas in the southeast. We entered from the North West arriving straight into the Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. The Highway 101 snaked its way around the idyllic coastline, blue skies and endless beaches all the way. It’s hard not to be inspired and indeed romanticize over a place like California. Feeling like David Hockney did back in the early sixties coming from Yorkshire and seeing the vibrant green of the trees, the vivid blue of the sky and the ever changing reflections on the water, heck it’s enough to make anybody want to paint! California we love you.
The Redwoods: Driving through the Redwoods down to Gold Bluffs Beach in our HUGE Cadillac was a real adventure. With a 6mile drive through the Forrest on approach to Gold Bluffs beach we made our way slowly, round the windy, narrow trails working up a bit of a sweat on the brake pedal. The colossal trees of The Almighty Redwoods towered above us the whole way giving us a much welcomed rest bite from the hot Californian sun. These trees are the tallest and one of the most massive tree species on Earth.
Gold Bluffs Beach: A priceless sunset- Admission to Gold Bluffs Beach was $35 for a camping spot, which allowed us plenty of space to park, pitch our tent and use the washroom and shower facilities. We pitched our tent and headed straight onto the beach, romping around for a while in the sand before watching an unforgettable sunset. Gold Bluffs Beach stretches for miles along the coast. Some of the first Euro-Americans to visit the vicinity arrived in 1851 with the discovery of gold in the area, hence the area becoming known as Gold Bluffs. To sit and marvel at the sunset was an absolute delight. If you watch for a while you will see seals bobbing their heads up in the water, large birds diving to catch fish and the sun turn an intense orange.
‘If you see the world as beautiful, thrilling and mysterious, as I think I do, then you feel quite alive.’(David Hockney)
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