After leaving Marin, we headed up the California coast with no plan whatsoever. We zigged and zagged along Highway 1 (aka the Pacific Coast Highway), enjoying the gorgeous ocean view as we went along and stopping at little bakeries and cafes along the way. Somewhere near Leggett, California, Highway 1 ends and Highway 101 begins. I loved seeing the mouth of the Klamath River, which is the river I spent many a summer day as a kid, tubing, swimming, and enjoying everything about summer.
The coast was so mesmerizing that we decided to keep on that route all the way back to Washington State. At some point along the way, Highway 101 breaks away from the coast and we were soon ensconced in the Redwoods, which was such a treat. Driving along this highway, you can't help but see life in a different way - like there's more than the rush and crush that can take over our lives sometimes.
All in all, the boys and I logged more than 2,000 miles on this trip and grew closer in the process. Taking the slow way home was a good choice.
Some favorites along the way:
We veered off Highway 1 from time to time to see the California countryside, just off the coast. It was worth it.
Mendocino, California and Manzanita, Oregon were my very favorite towns along the way.
The countryside outside of Tillamook, Oregon is storybook beautiful.