Saturday, May 31, 2014

Our last few days in California

Black sand beach

Memorial Day weekend was pretty quiet in our little RV Park in the Redwoods.  We wanted to take it easy on Sunday, but we took a short drive over to the coast at Shelter Cove, where there are black sand beaches.

Shelter Cove

Shelter Cove is part of the “Lost Coast” of California . . . apparently, the road planners felt that the coastline in this northern portion of California was too rugged, so they just skipped it, and there is no road following the coastline in this area.

There’s just one road that goes through the redwood forest, over some steep hills, and down to this little cove.  It was really hoppin’ on this Memorial Day weekend!  There’s even an RV park down here, and it was packed!  The little airstrip also had planes constantly landing and taking off while we were there!

Shelter Cove Lighthouse

We stopped at the lighthouse and talked to the volunteer.  He pointed out some areas around town to check out.  From the lighthouse, we walked down to the rocky shoreline where there were some pelicans and harbor seals hanging out on the rocks.

Pelicans, seagulls and seals

We walked over to the beach, where there were lots of people enjoying this little cove sheltered from the wind.

Lots of people on the beach










Ocean cliffs

We watched several fishing boats being brought in by a big tractor,

Shelter Cove

Fishing boats coming out of the water











and had to resist some temptation when a little girl on the beach tried to get us to take a little St. Bernard puppy home!

The beach was beautiful, although the black sand was hard to get used to,     Shelter Cove Beach

and the water was COLD!

Cold water!

Walking the beach

We stopped to watch the fisherman cleaning the fish they brought in . . . those were some really big salmon!

Fishermen cleaning their catch

Back at the car, we made our way to the other end of town, and looked for the other black sand beaches.

Fishing boats

We found some more harbor seals,

Harbor seals











and made our way over to the black sand beach overlook.

Black sand beach

Black sand beach











Black sand beach

It was a beautiful day, and although it was cool at the coast, it had gotten into the 80s back at the RV Park. 

We relaxed a little and visited with our new friends – Dave & Lynn, fellow fulltimers from our home state of Michigan.  We were headed out the next day, and they were moving on Tuesday, but both of us were headed to Klamath . . . so our chance of meeting up again was pretty good.

We don’t usually like to travel on the holiday, but it didn’t seem like there was going to be much traffic, and we didn’t have too far to go . . . so we figured we might as well get an early start and we might even have time to do some exploring at our new location . . . and get some laundry done!



We continued our drive north on US-101, over the twisty-turny roads through the redwoods.

Driving north on 101

Before long, we arrived at our next destination – Klamath, CA, and settled into the Golden Bear RV Park,

Golden Bear RV Park

at the mouth of the Klamath River.

Klamath River

We had some lunch and the boys finished up a little bit of schoolwork, and we went in search of some wildlife . . . we were still in the Redwoods, in fact we were now deep in the heart of the Redwood National and State Parks,          DSC_0869

but we had seen enough tall trees!  On the way to the RV Park, we had passed Elk Meadow, so we drove back on the scenic parkway to look for elk.




Across from the Visitor Center, we found a meadow full of bull elk!

A whole herd of elk hiding

They were camera shy, though, and found the area of grass just long enough to keep them almost hidden!

Once in a while, one would stand up and we could catch a picture.

Bull Elk

We continued on, and stumbled on another meadow where all the females were hanging out.  They were a lot closer to the road!

Female Elk in another meadow










I also managed to catch a photo of a stellar jay . . . these are really pretty birds!     Stellar Jay









The Ranger in the Visitor Center had told us that migrating whales could still be seen from the Klamath Overlook, which was just past our RV Park, so we headed there next.

It was a beautiful spot, with a great view of the coastline!

Rocky coastline

Along with several other people, we kept our eyes glued to the water looking for whales.  We were looking a little too far out at first, but then somebody spotted a couple whales closer to the shoreline.


We could only see part of their backs as they came to the surface, but occasionally they would spout out water, and that was easier to see . . . it was pretty cool!

Whale spouting











We spent the next couple of days getting some work done, catching up on laundry, washing the cars and front of the RV, and visiting with Dave & Lynn, who had caught up with us.  We had a nice campfire on our last night there (firewood courtesy of the RV Park – how nice is that!?!), and we just may meet up with them again . . . possibly in Washington!

Next stop . . . Oregon Coast!


  1. Wow... seals, whales and elks... that's some special wildlife sightings!!!

  2. What a place to be for wildlife. Especially to see the whales, that would be a real treat. Becki

    1. Hi Marci and Tom, for some reason i JUST saw a Message you sent me on RV Dreams two months ago, and did respond to it. Sounds like we have several friends in common. We met Paul and Mary (Boris and Natasha) years ago in MI. Travel safe!


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