Christmas in the California Redwoods

Greetings friends of Rivet and Roam!  It's been awhile but what better time to get back on the blogging wagon than Christmas, right?   This was a very unique Xmas for many reasons.  It was the first year I didn't go home to Michigan so we decided to take advantage of my work break and take a long trek in the Airstream.  Plan A was Utah - Zion, Arches, etc - but the snow came (very) early this year and we decided not to risk the passes.   Plan B was to head south and spend some time in the Redwoods of Northern California.   Our departure from Portland was delayed a couple days due to Snowpocalypse 2016 (we shall not discuss the white knuckle 3.5 hour commute on the first snowy day!) but finally left on the Sunday before Xmas.

First stop was Bandon and Bullard's Beach State Park.  It was pretty rainy most of the time there but a lovely state park, especially in the off-season when there were maybe 2 other RV's in the entire park.   Then it was off to California!  We stayed at Jedidiah Smith State Park near Crescent City which is a gorgeous park in the midst of huge redwoods and the most amazing emerald/turquoise river (Smith River).   We lucked out and had a couple fabulous sunny days before the crazy torrential rain hit.   Airstream, I love you and your tin roof, but damn if it isn't LOUD during a rain storm.    

For the actual Xmas holiday, we decided to go crazy and stay at an actual RV park with full hookups (Emerald Forest RV Park in Trinidad) so we could run xmas lights, watch bad movies and not have to worry about water, etc.   And let me tell you, that was a good decision.   We had a great Xmas eve exploring the cool historic towns Eureka and Ferndale then settled in to the Airstream to watch a Christmas Story and National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.   But as luck would have it, poor Bill got hit with a nasty stomach flu that night and spent all of Xmas in bed (again, thank the RV gods for full hook-ups and cable!)   Fingers crossed he's feeling better tomorrow and we will continue our exploration of this gorgeous area.   

Bandon, Oregon ( iPhone )

Bandon, Oregon (iPhone)

Our awesome spot at Bullard's Beach State Park in Bandon, OR.  ( iPhone )

Our awesome spot at Bullard's Beach State Park in Bandon, OR.  (iPhone)

Jedidiah Smith State Park, Crescent City, CA

Jedidiah Smith State Park, Crescent City, CA

Dreamy trees and light around every corner

Dreamy trees and light around every corner

Slightly obsessed with the color of the Smith River

Slightly obsessed with the color of the Smith River

Jesus light and emerald waters on the Howland Hill scenic drive 

Jesus light and emerald waters on the Howland Hill scenic drive 

Crescent City sunset ( iPhone)

Crescent City sunset (iPhone)

Always take the unknown back roads.  Thank you CR405 for this view.

Always take the unknown back roads.  Thank you CR405 for this view.

Our weather luck came to an end our last day at Jedidiah Smith.  Next stop Trinidad!

Our weather luck came to an end our last day at Jedidiah Smith.  Next stop Trinidad!

Bill caught a quick snap of this surfer in Trinidad headed out on a stormy afternoon. ( Phone)

Bill caught a quick snap of this surfer in Trinidad headed out on a stormy afternoon. (Phone)

We got our Xmas lights up just in time!  ( Phone)

We got our Xmas lights up just in time!  (Phone)

While poor Bill was sick in bed, I took a Xmas morning hike to the beach near our RV park.  ( Phone)

While poor Bill was sick in bed, I took a Xmas morning hike to the beach near our RV park.  (Phone)

Christmas in California looks pretty awesome to me!  (iPhone)

Christmas in California looks pretty awesome to me!  (iPhone)