Quite predictably, I fell behind on this blogging of the trip. Amber and I arrived at San Francisco (well...Berkeley, actually) around 4pm. Since we only had one night in the Bay Area before heading to the Redwood Forests, we decided to go to Fisherman's Wharf and get a typical tourist experience. We spent some time on Pier 39 while watching the sea lions and exploring the shops. However, the highlight was really the Musée Mécanique. It's part-museum, part-arcade that houses a variety of mechanical game machines that you can interact with for 25¢-50¢.
We left San Francisco for the redwoods. We decided to camp at the Albee Creek Campground in the Humboldt Redwoods State Park. The campground was very clean and easy to check into but definitely needs advanced reservations, especially during the summer. I don't think there was a single open site (luckily we reserved our site several months ago). Seeing redwood trees in person is really a unique experience; photos and words cannot portray the sheer size of these beings. It was an amazing experience and I hope I'm able to see them again before we humans kill them off.
After leaving the redwoods, we headed north to camp again. However, after arriving at the 104°F, relatively unclean, run-down county campground of Wolf Creek, we decided that we may want to splurge on a hotel room so we drove the extra 2 hours to Eugene, OR and stayed in a Comfort Suites thanks to a Priceline deal. The next morning, we left for Lake Oswego to visit my brother and his family. They are nice enough to host us for the next five days and this is definitely the highlight of the trip thus far. We have been treated to some of the most delicious vegetarian food as well as fun-packed days of trips with my brother, his wife and my two nieces. Today, we visited Cannon Beach.
And that leads up to today! Tomorrow, I think we are headed into Portland for some sightseeing since this is Amber's first time here.
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