Alaska Trip Day 10: A Rainy Redwoods National Forest while Entering Oregon… 04/24/17

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Wow! What a storm last night! We were rocking and swaying… And it was because of the wind folks… lol… That’s the great thing about #TheMillenniumFalcon… When it’s windy out, you don’t have to do any work in bed… lol!

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Well, spirits were unusually high this morning, even though we didn’t get much sleep… But Tracey and I were just happy to have lights and electricity in our house… It’s funny how one tragedy diminishes all of the future setbacks… The setbacks are barely even noticed at this point… #TheTravelingMac is just happy to have his house back to normal…

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This was my backyard this morning… It was still quite windy out but the air was pretty warm… Enough of a chill to put a light jacket on… You can see the devastation from the storm last night…

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The weather wasn’t helping our plans any… There were points last night when I felt #TheFalcon was going to topple over or be blown over the edge, that’s how windy it was… We were hoping for a nice day today so we could hike around #TheRedWoodStatePark a little…

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But it was going to be gloomy all day… So we figured we would try to slip a quick walk in between #storms and maybe have a romantic lunch in the #woods…

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The great thing about #RainyDays is you get a lot of driving done… And we lost a couple of days dealing with the electrical problems, so we have some catching up to do…

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I stopped at this little #MarijuanaShop in #Crescent,CA… I was very low on #weed but was also aggravated with myself for not waiting until we got into #Oregon… I wouldn’t mind trying what they have… It all probably comes from #NorthernCalifornia anyway… lol…

This little shack looks like a coffee shop and it probably once was because it looked converted from such, inside… The owner also went with a sandwich shop theme where you order your bud off of a menu that you would get in an actual restaurant… It was a very welcoming, friendly experience and their bud was delicious!

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Today didn’t know if it wanted to drizzle, rain or pour… It certainly wasn’t dry out at any time…

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Driving through these roads, crunched between massive trees was entertaining and I like what the forest looks like when its wet…

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It almost makes the world look like a cartoon, with the water giving the area a certain glow you never get when its dry out… The colors tend to jump out at you more and the lines between colors become more definitive…

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The rain along with the enormous trees made me feel like I was in a fantasy world… Like out of “Lord of the Rings…”

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So, we decided to head to #JedediahSmithRedwoodsStatePark… It was still raining out but we figured we could eat lunch and enjoy the sights from #TheFalcon… And if it happens to stop #raining then we will go for a short walk…

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Well, this #StatePark was hooked up and the perfect place to camp… They had really well spaced out sites with all of the amenities…

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Tracey and I were upset that we lost two days to the electrical problem because we would have definitely stayed a night here… The sites were in the middle of these gorgeous #MonstrousTrees along a pretty wide #river… What a place to bring your family… It’s fairly cheap and I bet you could spend months here #exploring…

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Tracey toasted a cheese bagel and made me a tuna fish and spinach sandwich… along with some salt and vinegar kettle chips…

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We sat and had a nice lunch while we discussed our trip… We had given ourselves 4 hours a day of driving… So basically if we wanted to disperse all of our driving hours over the month we gave ourselves to get here, we would have to drive about 4 hours a day… Of course we gave ourselves extra time for gas and detours…

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So the plan was, if we drove 4 hours that day then we would have done our required driving… but if we didn’t then we would just carry over the extra hours to the next day… Well, with the 2 day detour, Tracey and I just decided to recalculate the trip and start from here… So, we now had to drive 6 hours a day to keep up with our schedule…

Now, we realize that there is going to be a lot of #driving through #Canada because that’s all you can really do there… I was told you drive huge stretches without even seeing another car sometimes… So, we decided we would try to stick to the 6 hour a day schedule but also kept note that we could make a lot of time up in Canada…

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This is all improvisational folks… I’m just trying to get to #Alaska and see some pretty neat things on the way up… I basically have no idea what I am doing… lol…

The rain let up for a little while, so Tracey and I took a quick walk to see what all of the hoopla was about… Wow! If you ever want to feel tiny and diminished, just come visit #TheRedwoods… These are some of the tallest trees in the world… Up until the 1920’s logging companies were having a hay day out here… Luckily the Government stepped in and stopped the destruction of these massive giants… And of course there was a huge political fight where the loggers felt it was their right to make a profit and the Government shouldn’t step in… Just take the money out of the decision and you will make the right one, just like we did by saving these trees… Hopefully we follow up with some better decisions on our environment today…

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I actually heard that the reason you can’t buy really good quality wooden furniture today is because all of these old, ancient trees are either protected or completely gone… So the wood you are getting now are from tree farms where they are only years old… So the wood isn’t as good because it hasn’t matured for 100’s of years… Makes sense…

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This was only a 2 minute walk away from where we were parked… I really liked this #Camping area… Someone really put a lot of thought and energy to create this little haven…

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It’s hard to believe it took us a 2 day detour to get to these #forests but I can say for sure, it was worth it… I just wish we had more time to spend here… Maybe we will visit them on the way back from Alaska…

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We planned to head into Oregon this evening and leave our first state of the trip behind…

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#TheTravelingMac has never been to Oregon… I know Oregon to be a great state to #forage for mushrooms and all kinds of rare ingredients you can sell to a local chef for a good buck… Like saffron and Ginseng… Both worth a lot of money… I think saffron is almost as expensive as gold by the ounce, it’s so rare…

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We quickly soaked in the sights and then it started drizzling again, so we retreated…

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I figured I would fill #TheMillenniumFalcon up with water while I was here… I just pulled up to one of the sites and hooked up… We didn’t need to dump… I can actually get away with two water refills before I dump sometimes…

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We were soon back on the wet roads as we headed for Oregon…

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We were still on #Route101 and heading up the route that claims to be one of the most beautiful drives in this country…

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We were soon in #Brookings,Oregon… And as soon as we got into Oregon…

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We see this little shop above… Damn, why didn’t I just wait a couple of hours… I am such an impatient idiot sometimes… Oh well…

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I also like this drive because I don’t have to worry about #MarijuanaLaws… All of these states are completely legal now even though it hasn’t been fully implemented…

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I am nervous about the border though… I planned to eradicate The Millennium Falcon of all #Cannabis before crossing… With #JeffSessions as our #AttorneyGeneral, I’m not taking any chances… I can not believe the party that screams constantly about State’s rights to choose their own laws without Federal Government interference, are now the same party who are trying to challenge Marijuana State laws completely ignoring the state’s right to their independence all together… When are the people of this country going to notice the hypocrisy of it all? It’s ridiculous! The GOP defends the fight in the Civil War, claiming it wasn’t over slavery but over the State’s right to choose while trying to take a whole races’ rights away yet doesn’t feel a State has the right to choose simple marijuana laws… Hello?

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It’s completely ridiculous! Honestly, if the #WestCoast states wanted to succeed from this version of our country, I would be right on board! This is no longer a democracy… it’s a money free for all… Who ever has the most money and power, gets to call the shots… I don’t know how more apparent this can be with a fully #Republican controlled #Government… Remember when the deficit was a problem for the GOP? lol…

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I’m sorry folks but #pot is good… It will help this country financially… It is known to be a safe alternative to the painkillers and #opioids that are destroying our country… Canada is going to be legalized as a whole country next year… 8 states in America have gone fully legal and more than half are now #MedicallyLegal…

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There are only a few states that #CriminalizeMarijuana and guess what political party they tend to lean towards… You guessed it… It’s the hard right states once again!

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But there is a light at the end of the tunnel, folks… With all #progress it’s extremely hard to roll it back after the public sees the positive results…. That’s why the GOP tries to kill any legislation regarding Marijuana laws right away, fearing that progress they can’t control…

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And that’s all that marijuana is going to bring is positive things… And if any bad things do arise, they will not be anything compared to the death and havoc #alcohol heaps onto this world daily… 2.5 million people die of alcohol related incidents a year… 2.5 million folks and it’s legal… Marijuana doesn’t even have the smallest fraction of these statistics yet it is treated like its heroine for some reason…

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If we legalized marijuana on a federal level tomorrow, 1/3 of our imprisoned population would be set free because they are in jail for marijuana related incidents… Yet people who drink and drive are given at least 3 chances before they go to jail… Please explain this to me! Please explain what harm marijuana users are doing to this country? So, we basically lock up the responsible users and let the alcoholics have a free for all… Killing and destroying families and our society daily… Makes no sense…

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But progress is slow, that’s why I would never make a good #politician… I’m not patient enough and can’t play the long game…

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I can’t sit here and see such hypocritical absurdity and not lose my mind… God, I am losing my mind now and I’m just writing about this issue…

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But when you care about such huge things that you can’t change, it makes you feel completely powerless… That lack of power over reasonable steps to make an issue better makes me angry because  the sensibility of it all is so apparent but politics, labeling and just plain pure lie filled brain washing has made a simple issue a complete mess… And that’s politics for you… When you are neck deep in shit, I don’t care who you are, you are going to get dirty… I myself would like to stay clean and hopefully will be listened to one day… That’s why I write.. It’s the only way to get rid of all of this angst that is built up inside…

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It’s painful seeking and learning the truth folks… It’s so much easier to ignore it all and just focus on making your next buck… But the problem is, its become all about the buck and the buck seems to be shaping our world instead of sensible policies based on each other and our way of life…

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But hey, I’m lucky to live in a country where I can jump in a vehicle and go anywhere I want… And I can always air our my grievances on this blog or on #Facebook… Even if no one is listening…

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We drove into the night and caught up on some traveling time… Driving up the coast was beautiful… We were constantly weaving in and out of gorgeous ocean shores, over manmade natural earth bridges and thick green forests… Oregon is everything it brags to be…

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We had a little trouble finding a place to park for the night… We finally found a #BoatLaunch area at #RockyPointCountyPark in #Bandon,Oregon… We figured we would take our chances here even though most frown upon anyone parking over night in these areas.. But with the rain and the early time of year, I figured no one would even notice us here…

Can’t wait to see my backyard in the morning!

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