Day 76: Southward bound, logistics, visiting Stout Grove

This morning we bade farewell to the Lucky 7 Casino.  A special thank you to the Tolowa Nation for hosting us for nearly a week.

We first drove to a day use parking area and broke out the bikes.  The road to Redwood National Park’s Stout Grove is too narrow for RVs, so we had to bike in about 3 miles.  The ride was amazingly beautiful, with huge trees rising up on both sides of the road.

We locked up the bikes for our hike into the grove:



The trees are nearly 400 feet tall.  Here’s a graphic to give you a sense of scale.  Note the person in the lower left corner:



Even with the fisheye, I can’t get the whole tree in the frame:


We enter the grove proper:









We felt so insignificant next to these giants, some of which have lived for a millennium:


I was carrying the bike shoes and helmets:



After we left the grove, we drove to the nearby state campground and did our dump (sewer), fill (fresh water), shower, fill, dump thing. We left clean and with empty sewer tanks and full fresh water, can’t beat that!

Next we headed into Crescent City (again).  We dropped off Tricia at the Laundromat and I took the kids to the visitor center to pick up their Redwoods National Park Junior Ranger workbooks. 

Next, we headed to Walmart.  The RV batteries weren’t taking a charge very well anymore.  The batteries have a two-year replacement policy, so I just took in the old batteries with a copy of the receipt and walked out with two brand new batteries.  Gotta love Walmart!  Even if their batteries aren’t the best, they are inexpensive and can be replaced just about anywhere with no hassle.

We then ran back and picked up the laundry.  Trish headed to Safeway for a grocery run, and I took the kids to hand in their completed Junior Ranger books and get their badges:


I then took the kids to the propane store and refilled the RV’s bottles.  We then returned to pick up Trish at the Safeway.

We’re staying tonight at the Walmart of Crescent City.  It’s a great feeling, having full fresh water, empty sewer, full propane, and brand new batteries.

We’re going to be in Las Vegas with my parents for Chanukah in late November, so tonight we actually planned our itinerary from now until then.  We will be visiting:

  • The southern portion of Redwoods National Park
  • Old town Eureka
  • San Francisco
  • Yosemite National Park
  • Kings Canyon National Park
  • Sequoia National Park
  • Mojave National Preserve

…Hopping from Walmart to Casino as we work our way down South.  Adventure awaits!

  See the trip map for today’s drive and our current location.

Day 75: Last day at the Lucky 7
Day 77: Farewell to the Redwoods

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