We have decided some what last minute to take a trip up north, leaving in 4 days. So far here is what I have planned/booked.
Leave Monterey County and meet with daughter # 2 and her family for lunch in/around San Francisco and then on to Redding for the night. Leave Redding in the am (we have been to the sundial bridge already) and drive the 299 (have to stop at the Big Foot Museum according to hubby along the way) and arrive in Crescent City/rented a place to stay on the Smith River. We will be in Crescent City 2 1/2 - 3 days then down to Trinidad if the place I am trying to book is available. If not will continue to see if I can find something there or nearby for 2 days. We plan on driving down the 101 home from Trinidad on our last day which we realize will be an 8-10 hour trip, any suggestions of must stop and see on the way down, if need be we can book a room for the night, we have been up the coast as far as Ukiah and stayed in Windsor before and did the local stuff there.
So far I have noted Jedidiah Smith State Park, hike the Stout Grove. Drive the Howland Hill Road, see Battery Pt Light house and see Prarie Creek Redwoods/Fern Canyon. Do I have time to include Patricks Point, Del Norte, Newton Drury Scenic Route and Ave of the Giants?? We don't mind driving a lot, we drive all our vacations and have driven 8-12 hours in a day if the views are worth it. Any suggestions on which ones to fit together in the same day that would keep us from zig zagging all over? Any suggestions on things to exclude and other to add? Oh and hubby just said he has to see Paul Bunyan and Blue the Ox. Where are they? One last thing, since we are staying right on the Smith River, what can the hubby expect to fish for and any suggestions for bait (artificial) so he knows what to bring (I'm hoping not to spend hours in bait and tackle shops, but have a feeling we might. If so do you know of one to recommend? Thanks in advance for responding.Edited: 29 August 2012, 07:55