Northern California introduced us to KOA Kampsites! I discussed this my last post, but these amazing kampgrounds are perfect for families and providing hours of fun for all ages. The playgrounds are outstanding and the pools rival those found at high end hotels. Incredibly, some of these places also have petting zoos, bouncing pillows,and even train rides.
Between Eureka and Manchester Beach we drove down the famous Avenue of the Giants. It is a 31 mile drive through the Redwoods that is quite similar to the drive we took near Crescent City. But I just can’t get over how unbelievably huge these magnificent trees are, so we took another spin through the forests. Unfortunately, I fell prey to a tourist trap at the Drive-thru tree. We didn’t attempt to drive through the tree as it seemed that it would be a tight fit. We did however watch a Nissan Tundra inch its way through (photo below).
After Avenue of the Giants, we cut over to the coast to highway 1 and over the course of a few days have made our way down to Santa Cruz County. This has been my favorite place thus far with its stunning beaches and immaculate accommodations. Not to mention, our new tent! Yesterday while we were playing at the beach we saw dolphins swimming among the surfers and a school of whales. The weather has been awesome too, sunny and over 30 degrees (sorry to rub it in my Canadian friends).