Day 12: California Coast

We spent a month this summer on a 7,957-mile road trip across the country, from the Washington, D.C., area to California and back. Day 12 was July 14; we spent much of it driving up the Northern California coastline. Our goal that day was to reach Requa, at the mouth of the Klamath River.

The scenery along the California coastline is spectacular. Unfortunately, we left late that morning. We had to check into our hotel by 6 p.m., which meant wouldn’t be able to stop much. So we just didn’t have the time to appreciate it as much as we would have liked.

Bob was driving, so he had to keep his eyes on the twisting roads. I was sitting in the passenger’s seat, on the wrong side of the car for the coastal views. Jon Morgan, in the back seat, on the left, had the best chance of taking in the views. I’m glad one of us could, but even he was watching the scenery from a moving vehicle. We stopped a few times to get a better look, but not nearly as often as we would have liked.

This put us all in a rather surly mood for some of the time. But we did enjoy our infrequent stops to enjoy the view. Some of the photos here were taken during those photo opportunities; the others were taken through the car window. We did not quite make our 6 p.m. deadline to reach the inn in Requa, but we were pretty close.

Day 12 distance traveled: 290 miles.

The Great American Road Trip, So Far

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