After leaving our friends in Washington, we were off to Oregon.  Our destination this evening was to be The Chateau at the Oregon Caves.  As mentioned before, we had reservations at the wonderful 1930’s era chateau.  However, with the stop at Mt St Helana, we arrived too late.  But this did not stop up from enjoying the chateau. It did take us some time to find the it in the dark and while traveling twisty, windy roads up the mountain, but again, I did it!  There was a guestbook in our room, which had wonderful stories of visitors coming to see where their parents met, or where they honeymooned. We had reservations to explore the cave the next morning after breakfast in the chateau’s quirky diner, but I bailed out at 110.  This was a stop along the 500+ steps (thus at 110 steps) after an arduous twisty, low-ceilinged trek so far. Oh, did I mention it was uphill?  (See diagram of cave pictured.) I bought a view master that took me the rest of the way 😏

Then it was time to head to California and the redwoods of Jedidiah State Park.  We stayed at the Curly Redwood Lodge, which I thought was the owner’s nickname, but was actually the type of redwood used in building. Supposedly, the lodge (motel) was built with one redwood tree!  Here in Crescent City we hit the Pacific Ocean and it was time to turn around and head east……

The water craft pictured was at the Jedidiah visitor center and was made from the redwood tree.  We passed some interesting sites along the way to Wyoming back in Oregon: a group of Buddhists in the middle of nowhere, a man training for cross-country on wheeled skies, another “walking across America. There was also other interesting sites such as the salty lake with lots of evaporation showing the salt and another town with wonderful murals on its public buildings.  Oh, and another wonderful sunset!