|The Ocean Is Down There Somewhere|
As the noon hour approached, we caught our first quick glimpse of the ocean and pulled into one of the numerous state parks to get a closer look. There is just something about the Pacific Ocean that draws me to it. I’m not a beach person, and the beaches here aren’t the greatest anyway, but I love to admire the views from high atop the cliffs. We walked across the street to the Elk Store in the tiny town of Elk, California, and found gourmet cheeses and other interesting tidbits to take with us. We were tempted by the croissant sandwiches, which we enjoyed at the park.
|A Dreamy Ocean View|
|A Mesmerizing View|
|Flowers Covering Every Front Yard|
As we wound our way north, the highway followed the ocean, and the fog gradually dissipated. We enjoyed several delightful walks along the edge of the cliffs and admired not only the ocean, but also the profusion of wildflowers that added such wonderful color to the landscape.
|Wildflowers Along the Cliffs|
|A Dramatic Shoreline|
With a last look at the ocean, we turned inland through a dense coastal forest. The highway began to twist and turn even more than it had along the coast. It was a beautiful drive, and such a contrast to the one along the ocean. Giant trees lined the highway, and very little light was able to get through.
Before reaching our campground, we made one last detour to the Chandelier Drive-Thru Tree. This tree has been a tourist attraction since the 1930s, when an opening was carved into its base. The tree itself is 315 feet in height and is approximately 2,400 years old. Although it was a hoot to watch other vehicles drive through the tree, the RV just couldn’t quite make it. The opening was several feet too short, so we were forced to drive around the tree. How disappointing! I can’t quite say what I find so fascinating about these trees, but the experience there made me smile.
|Can We Squeeze Through?|
|Nope, We Didn't Fit!|