“Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.” – John F. Kennedy

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it’s the courage to continue that counts.”  – Winston Churchill

Facebook friends — you guys really came through with the insightful and relevant quotes this past week.

I’ve learned a lot in this past year of seasonal jobs. It’s been a long, bumpy, check-engine-y, flat-tire-y in the middle of nowhere without a tire jack or lug wrench kinda ride. A mental situation that is coincidentally similar to the physical situation of the road trip I just took!

Don’t leave home without checking if your vehicle has it’s jack and wrench in tact, friends. Especially if it’s got non-standard German type parts… Silly move on my part.

I actually had a super positive experience right in between a bunch of crazy mishaps (just some tricky karma the universe has been saving up for me, since it has let a lot of my shenanigans slide). Just one surprisingly peaceful night camping out in an unexpected place made such a positive impact on me that I actually feel moved to write a review about the place I stayed… but that’ll wait until the next post.

That said, I love the Redwoods. I love them. I highly recommend that you see them. And sleep under them.

Seriously, the Northern California coastlines and Redwoods are my favorite place that I’ve seen in the USA yet. They literally radiate magic. Plenty of coastal scenic stops along the 101, so many unbelievable trails and so much camping to be discovered, all in the midst of a fairyland of giant trees!

This road trip was basically a more thorough extension of one I took last December, which I posted briefly about back then.

Some photos…

CA Highway 101

CA coast

Whaleshead Beach, OR

Pacific Sunset

101 ride

Point St. George

Point St. George

Point St. George

Cliff stretch fun

Pelican Fishing

Seals sunbathing


Pacific Sunset 2

Aaaand here’s me driving through a tree.


Side note: I did the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge while in the middle of nowhere on this trip.


“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” – John Muir