Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Upcoming California Trip

Kat and I have talked about a road trip through Northern California for a few years now. We have always wanted to see the giant Redwoods, drive the coast highway, and drink beer at our favorite brewery, Lagunitas. Our long time friend through guiding, Lance, recently met a great gal and quickly decided to tie the knot and chose Lake Tahoe for the location. This gave us a great opportunity to finally take the trip we've always wanted to after spending a few days celebrating with them!

Here's a map I made using Google to illustrate the locations of our scheduled stops:

(click for large picture or here for the rough driving directions)

Day 1: We'll try to cover half the distance to Tahoe on a straight shot south on I-5. We don't have any plans on where to stay, but somewhere around Medford, OR is likely.

Day 2: Arrive in Tahoe(B) at roughly 3pm. This is the earliest we can check in, and we have a scheduled dinner at 5 or so with the wedding party.

Day 3: Wedding day in Tahoe.

Day 4: Wedding Brunch, and then we'll casually make our way to our first camping spot(C), just outside the small town of Foresthill, CA.

Day 5: Rafting on the Middle Fork American River(D)! We're taking the newlyweds with us on this trip as well.

Day 6: A full day of breweries to visit. We'll start for lunch at Moylan's Brewery(E), then tour the Lagunitas Brewery(F) in the afternoon. After setting up camp in Santa Rosa(G), we'll make our way to the town for an evening at Russian River Brewery(H).

Day 7: Assuming we can get wake up in time after yesterday's long day of drinking, We'll head to our first stop in the Redwoods(K), but making stops at either Bear Republic Brewhouse(I), Mendocino Brewing(J) or both.

Day 8: A tour of Mad River Brewing(M) in the afternoon, with a possible stop at Lost Coast Brewing(L) sometime in the day. We'll camp at Prairie Creek Redwood State Park(N).

Day 9: Lay-over day at Prairie Creek to stop and enjoy the forest.

Day 10: We push on up to Oregon along the coastal highway. Camping at Sunset Bay State Park(O).

Day 11: Before arriving at Cape Lookout (R), we will certainly stop at the Pelican Pub and Brewery(Q), and most likely Rogue Alehouse(P) as well.

Day 12: Back home to Seattle.

We didn't originally plan on having a set of structured stops, but once we realized how much we wanted to do and didn't want to waste time finding camping areas it made more sense. We leave a week from tomorrow, June 5th and return on Monday the 16th. We will have a laptop with us throughout the trip, so I'll try to post a quick entry at a brewery or two. We'll also take a ton of pictures, and hopefully some video footage as well. Should be great!

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