Some of the most dramatic views and memorable experiences on our 100 day road trip were times the earth revealed its ancient history. In the Badlands and Moab it was as we stood at the bottom of what was once (millions of years earlier) an ocean, with a panorama of towering rocks that were once under that very same water. On Cape Flattery it was where we stood on stunning cliffs with jutting islands all around that all were once inland, but had since been eroded away by wind and water and time.
Driving through Northern California gave us much of the same natural mysteries. We humbly wandered among giants at Redwood National Park. We hiked down to patches of sand, through natural arches, surrounded by enormous cliffs. We explored tide pools and small towns, dodged forest fires, and lamented the effects of severe droughts. And between episodes of nausea as we hugged the curves of the PCH, I contemplated how wild and incredible and again, how wild it would be to hike the Pacific Coast Trail.
The west coast leaves quite an impression. Even in the relatively short time we spent there, that much was unavoidable. Step inland into the forests and a calm and wonder comes over you, while a stone’s throw away the dramatic and powerful ocean, well at least it left my heart pounded a bit faster.
Here’s a glimpse of our experience as we took our small family in our even smaller car and wandered through Northern California.