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Camping our Way down a Scenic Route the West Coast Way

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Greetings from Crescent City California! What a time we’ve had here. 🙂

We began our journey in California right around sunset, so we stopped to admire our first West Coast sunset together before heading to our Campground – Klamath River Campground and RV near the Redwood Forest.


We were so excited to wake up to such a peaceful serene view at our campground!

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Our day in the Redwoods was definitely eventful. We loaded Maya up and began heading to some trails. The trees were ginormous!

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The second trail we wanted to do started near an Elk prairie. As we hopped out a Ranger was talking to fellow tourists in front of a large herd of wild Elk. When Bryan let Maya out, the alarmed ranger stopped and asked that we put her back. He began a long explanation on how California is dog friendly, but dogs aren’t allowed on trails because they will spook the wildlife. He proceeded to tell us how the Elks don’t mind people but we wouldn’t want to scare them away with what they would think is a wolf. I was a little surprised and frustrated since we just came from Alaska – a place with tons of wildlife and also the most dog friendly place on Earth. And Bryan? Don’t mess with his dog – haha! He was not thrilled at all as we realized we were not in Alaska anymore and that California ways are just…different. 😉

Nevertheless, we headed back to camp to drop Maya off, and headed back out. When we got back to the start of the trail, the ranger was gone and the elk were still grazing. I snapped a few photos and we headed down our path. B-Weiss_Photography_Alaska_Cross_Country_Road_Trip_AK2VA_Cross_Country_Road_Trip_Day9_Redwood_Forest_photo-012 B-Weiss_Photography_Alaska_Cross_Country_Road_Trip_AK2VA_Cross_Country_Road_Trip_Day9_Redwood_Forest_photo-013A few hundred feet later, I hear something running up behind us. A female elk was charging us full speed from across the field and came to a stop about 10 feet from us when we turned to face her. Bryan thought she was calm and we headed down the trail again, only to be charged again, where she stalled about 6 feet from us. This went on for about 20 minutes.

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It was funny, but also alarming at the same time. She threw her ears back and head up showing her anger. So many things about this make me laugh. One of my favorite parts was that she tried to act like she was grazing when we turned around a few times.


Bryan began to get protective when he realized she was not about to let up, and our conversation went like this:


“Get me a stick.”

“I don’t see any sticks.”

“Get me the bear spray…. AND the tripod!”

Bryan made this possibly tense situation absolutely hilarious. In the process of opening my old tripod we use for dirty work outdoors, Bryan mentally insisted on extending all three legs, and broke the third one. Because, you know? Two legs just wouldn’t do. 😀 Then he was ready, armed with bear spray and the jimmy-rigged tripod to chase this animal to the death across the field. B-Weiss_Photography_Alaska_Cross_Country_Road_Trip_AK2VA_Cross_Country_Road_Trip_Day9_Redwood_Forest_photo-016Luckily for the elk, some California free spirits walked up. Being considerate of their safety, I kindly let them know the elk was angry and charging and to be careful. The lady cut me off and waved her hand saying “No they’re fine. She’s just a female. We’re okay.”


I may admit that in a somewhat devilish way, I sweetly concluded the conversation with “Enjoy!” as they walked away and headed towards “ole’ Bessy”. Bryan and I got a chuckle watching the Elk take her aggressive focus off of us and harass them. Luckily for everyone, enough hikers were approaching I don’t think the elk could decide who to pick on.


Bryan’s comment at the end of it all? “THIS is why we bring our dog!” 😀

The hike was nice…just a bunch of big trees if you ask us. 😉

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That evening started out perfect – it was the first time we had a chance for a slow evening, so we cooked out looking out at our beautiful view! I admit it – I am ecstatic to have found some fun colors for camping picnics! Oh and the fresh cherries and strawberries were perfect which makes me happy!  B-Weiss_Photography_Alaska_Cross_Country_Road_Trip_AK2VA_Cross_Country_Road_Trip_Day9_Redwood_Forest_photo-031 B-Weiss_Photography_Alaska_Cross_Country_Road_Trip_AK2VA_Cross_Country_Road_Trip_Day9_Redwood_Forest_photo-034 B-Weiss_Photography_Alaska_Cross_Country_Road_Trip_AK2VA_Cross_Country_Road_Trip_Day9_Redwood_Forest_photo-037 B-Weiss_Photography_Alaska_Cross_Country_Road_Trip_AK2VA_Cross_Country_Road_Trip_Day9_Redwood_Forest_photo-038

I am so glad Bryan agreed to wait on changing the tire until after dinner, because we found some big problems with our camper axle. He did what he could and some campers referred us to a place to try in the morning.

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Now we are sitting at Two Guys in Crescent City waiting on our camper to get all fixed up. When Bryan told him they were lifesavers he replied, “No, Jesus is the real lifesaver!” I am so encouraged know God is looking out for us. Had Bryan not decided to change a tire last night, we would not have found the axle issue, and we would have proceeded to what we have been told would be 80 miles of windy rough roads before the closest vehicle repair company. I am so thankful the owner is happy to help and hope this isn’t too big of a delay. We will most likely be shortening/excluding our stay in San Francisco since we have reservations awaiting us in Yosemite tomorrow, but thank you for keeping us in your prayers! We are blessed to have had so many helpful comments from friends and family to help us! We have so so much to be grateful for!

More updates to come soon as always!

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Bonnie Jo Massey Weiss - June 10, 2014 - 2:48 pm

Love reading about the female bully….. I don’t blame Bryan for arming himself with whatever was available! Love the stories and your photos. I am so thankful God has His protection over you all.. Looking forward to more stories!

Alexis Whodat-Davenport - June 11, 2014 - 4:41 am

Great pictures!

Jan Findley - June 11, 2014 - 8:58 am

I am so enjoying tagging along on your trip! The photos are amazing and your commentary is so entertaining, loved the pics of the tableware and food! Can’t wait for the next installment, prayers for safe travel!

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