Tuesday, we traveled 348 miles to Lost Hills KOA in Lost Hills, California. All we did here was rest, sleep and go.
Wednesday, we traveled 181 miles to Shady Lane RV Campground in Barstow, California. This was a very tight no frills campground. Easy in / Easy out.
On Thursday, we traveled 141 miles to Jojoba Hills SKP RV Resort. This is another Escapees Co-op RV community. It is in the high desert southeast of LA. Very nice community with huge lots and nice amenities. We are staying here for a week to rest and relax.
Next Thursday, we will head East back to Arizonia. We are going back to Palm Creek for 17 days. Meeting up again with our Caravan friends – Terry and Kirk.
On November 5th, drop-off our Airstream to the dealer for warranty repairs in Chandler, AZ and head back to Wisconsin for Christmas and New Year’s. We will be there for a month before returning to Arizonia in early January.
On Saturday, we had a break in the rain in the afternoon. Pam and I went to the “Trees of Mystery”. From the road, this looks like your typical tourist trap; large Paul Bunyan and Babe statues out front and lots of parking. Don’t let that scare you away. This was actually a very cool place and well work the $20/person.
They have the “Redwood Canopy Trail”, which are netted canopy bridges connected together 1/2 way up the large redwoods. There are platforms around each tree.
They also have the “SkyTrail“. which is a 1/3-mile journey through the forest tree tops via a Swiss gondola. A total of 8 Gondola Cars continuously make the approximately 8-10 minute, 1570-foot trip up the mountain – giving riders not only spectacular views of magnificent redwoods. At the top, there is an observation deck where we could see the ocean.
There are lots of redwood sculptures throughout the trails and a huge gift shop.
The trail has an abundance of huge trees and is a showcase of the world’s best redwood scenery. The trail feels wonderfully remote and is one of the most pristine old-growth trails; there are only a handful of trails where you can walk through old-growth redwoods for this long without hearing traffic noise or seeing any sign of development.
One of the best parts of the Boy Scout Tree experience is the drive to the trailhead. For two miles you’ll bump and wind through truly top-notch old growth along the unpaved Howland Hill Road.
The naming of Boy Scout Tree remains controversial. The National Park Service claims the tree was so named because a Boy Scout troop leader discovered it. Other sources suggest the tree was named for Boy Scouts who blazed the trail to the tree or for its resemblance to a two-fingered Boy Scout salute (although Boy Scouts typically use a three-fingered salute).
On Monday, we drove 45 miles south to Ramblin Redwood RV Park in Crescent City, California. Here, we met up with Kirk and Terry from the Cascadia Caravan for a few days. A campground situated among the redwood trees. Large full hookup sites in a great location.
On Tuesday, we hiked the Stout Grove Memorial Trial, an ancient coast redwood forest (old Growth) with 300 foot trees; scenes from “Return of the Jedi” were filmed here. A short 1-mile hike but a must see.
Later we hiked Grove of Titans Trail. This trail has some of the worlds largest measured redwoods (by volume). It is a cool trail with metal walkways to protect the forest floor from compression to allow rainfall to reach the soil.
Tuesday night, we celebrated Pam’s birthday at Marlo’s Restaurant. A simple place in a strip mall, but the food was outstanding. We really enjoyed the evening.
Wednesday, we visited Tour Thru Tree, an 800 year old Redwood with a road passing through it. Unfortunately, our beast of a truck would not fit through all the way – the mirrors were just too wide! Good fun for $5.