Vacations To Go

 

CALIFORNIA NATIONAL PARK & MORE-2

 

Day 1 Friday July 16th  
Option 1 & 2:      
5:00 p.m. Depart: Spokane  
7:15 p.m. Arrive: Kennewick 142
  Do: Gas  
7:30 p.m. Depart: Kennewick  
    (Go south on Hwy 395. Turn right on I-82. Enter I-84 west. At Biggs go south on Hwy 97. In Madras turn right just before Safeway.)  
11:00 p.m. Arrive: Madras, OR 204
  Lodge: Econo Lodge Inn & Suites Madreas Chateau Inn
709 NE Hwy 26
Madras, OR 97741
(541) 475-4633
Cancel before 4 p.m.
Ray & Sherry- King- $89.10
Autumn, Mark & Paul-2 Queens- $108.10
Barb, Beau, Tamara & Tim- 1 Queens $108.10
(AC, continental breakfast, refrigerator, indoor heated pool)
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Day 2 Saturday July 17th  
  Do: Continental Breakfast  
9:00 a.m. Depart: Madras  
    (Go south on Hwy 197. Go right on Hwy 97.)  
10:00 a.m. Arrive: Bend 43
    (Continue south on Hwy 97. Turn right on Hwy 138. Go left on Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway.)  
12:00 p.m. Arrive: Crater Lake 108
  See:
Crater Lake National Park $30/NP Pass
 
  Do: Steel Visitor Center  
8 min   Rim Visitor Center 3
    Oregon Quarter Letterbox  
    Sinott Memorial  
    Crater Lake Lodge  
    Annie Creek Restaurant or Rim Village Cafe  
2:00 p.m. Depart: Crater Lake  
    (Go south on Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway. Turn left on Crater Lake Hwy 62. Go right on Hwy 97.  
5:20 p.m. Arrive: Redding, CA 198
  Lodge: SureStay Plus Hotel-Best Western
2600 Larkspur Lane
Redding, CA 96002
(800) 780-7234
Cancel 3 p.m. on 7/16
($115.91-Sherry & Ray-King & Dbl
$125.99 Paul, Autumn & Mark-King & Dbl
$123.19 Barb, Beau & Tim- King & Dbl
( Full hot breakfast-may be continental if covid, AC, refrigerator, microwave, indoor pool and hot tub may be closed due to covid)
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Day 3 Sunday July 18th  
  Do: Breakfast-Hotel full breakfast  
9:00 a.m. Depart: Redding  
    (Go east on Hwy 44. Go right on Hwy 89.)  
10:00 a.m. Arrive: Manzanita Lake 48
    Loomis Museum (9-5)
View exhibits and the park film, shop at the park store, or participate in a ranger-led program (offered primarily outside in the adjacent Loomis Plaza). From the museum you can pick up the trail around Manzanita Lake or cross the highway to access the self-guided, interpretive Lily Pond Nature Trail.
 
    Manzanita Lake Camper Store (8-8)
Located at the entrance to the Manzanita Lake Campground, the Camper Store offers ready-to-go meals and picnic supplies such as hot and cold sandwiches, snacks, basic grocery items, hot and cold beverages, and ice-cream. A menu is available on the concessioner website.
 
   
Lily Pond Nature Trail (.6 roundtrip)
Easy trail skirts Reflection Lake and a lily pond. Grab a brochure.
 
    Manzanita Lake (1.5 roundtrip)
Easy flat trail around the lake. Superb views of Lassen Peak and Chaos Crags. Behind the Loomis Museum or boat launch.
 
  Depart: Manzanita Lake  
    (Continue east on Hwy 89.)  
15 min   Devastated Area Loop Trail (.5 miles)
Easy walk introduces visitors to effects of the Lassen Peak eruptions. A short ways in, the trail forks and can be followed in either direction. Wandering through pink and gray lava rocks, interpretive plaques along the trail describe the creation of the devastated area and the remnants it left behind. This short, informative trail is an excellent choice for families or those unable to take longer trails.
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22 min  
Bumpass Hell-(2.6 miles round trip) The largest hydrothermal area in the park got its name from Kendall Bumpass who severely burned his leg after breaking through a thin crust into a boiling pool. Beginning at the Bumpass Hell parking area, the trail traverses the rocky slope of Bumpass Mountain. At 0.9 mile, an overlook provides a view of the eroded rim of ancient Brokeoff Volcano (Mt. Tehama). The trail changes little in elevation until the basin overlook where it drops 100 feet into the hydrothermal area basin. Here, a boardwalk provides a safe way to explore the steaming pools, boiling mudpots, and array of unusual colors.
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    Little Hot Springs Valley-use binoculars to see this. No path. 4
    Sulphur Works- Easiest of the park's hydrothermal areas to access. Walk on the sideway to the viewing area. This hydrothermal area is an otherworldly place of vibrant colors, pungent scents, and shifting ground that is both ancient and new. . A series of waysides at the viewing area provide details about the hydrothermal area and the ancient volcano that once filled this wide basin.  2
14 min Do: Kohm Yah-ma-nee Visitor Center (9-5)
The visitor center offers an information desk, exhibit hall, auditorium, amphitheater, park store, dining area with fireplace, patio, and a gift shop and cafe. 
Cafe and Gift Store
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  Depart: Lassen  
    (Continue south on Hwy 89. Turn left/east on Hwy 36. It will become Hwy 395. Take exit 68. Go left on I-80. Go right on exit 17. Go left on Rock Blvd over the freeway. Turn right on Victorian. On the left.)  
2 hr 40 min Arrive: Reno, NV 151
  Do: Dinner-Continue left on Victorian to:
Gilleys at the Nugget
Great Basin Brewering Co
Blind Onion Pizza
If you go left on Pyramid, there is an In-N-Out Burger on the right.
 
  Lodge: Victorian Inn
1555 Victorian Avenue
Sparks, Reno, NV 89431
775-331-7775
Cancel by midnight July 15th
Barb, Tamra & Tim $79.44, Autumn, Mark & Paul $79.44, Ray & Sherry $68.09
(AC, Mini Fridge, Microwave, Coffee Maker, Kitchenette, Ground Floor )
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Day 4 Monday July 19th  
  Do: Own Breakfast  
9:00 a.m. Depart: Sparks-Reno  
    (Go right on Victorian and left on Rock Blvd. Enter I-80 going right/west. Go right to go south on I-580. Take exit 25B south on Virginia St. Go left on Hwy 341.)
Geiger Lookout Wayside Park-The Geiger Grade [is] a twisting mountain road built in 1862 to haul silver from the Comstock Lode. The road gets its name from Davison M. Geiger, a local physician who financed its construction. Daredevils with four-wheel-drive vehicles still take the old grade. But most drivers should stick to the newer Geiger Grade (built in 1936), Highway 341. Cutting through the same scenic area, it begins in the valley south of Reno off Highway 395 and winds its way through a rocky landscape dotted with junipers. At the 4.6-mile point there's a turnout with spectacular views of the Sierra and a plaque paying tribute to Dr. Geiger. Down toward the valley, you'll see the old, snaking, unpaved route. The new road curls over the mountains and south into historic Virginia City. It was once a rough town, but these days it's a pretty nice place to stay.
 
9:40 a.m. Arrive: Virginia City, NV 26
  See: Town, Shops  
    Forever Christmas Gift Shop (10-5 daily)
88 N C St
 
    Virginia City Antique Mall
54 N C St
 
    Barrel O Candy
38 N C St
 
    Grandma's Fudge Factory (10-6)
20 N C St
 
    Delta Gift Shop (10-7)
22 S C St
 
    Historic Sundance Gift Shop (10-5)
32 S C St
 
    Red Old Fashioned Candy (11-6)
68 S C St
 
    The Pioneer Emporium & Virginia City Hat Maker (10-5)
144 S C St
 
    Virginia City Kettle Corn Depot-candy (11-5 Sun, 10-4 Mon-Thurs, 11-4 Fri, 10-5 Sat)
188 S C St
 
    (Keep walking down to the next corner. Cross the street and go straight ahead on Flowery St.)  
   
Mackay Mansion Museum
291 S D St
1859 Victorian mansion
 
    Primrose Antiques (10:30-4:30)
182 S C St
 
    (Cross the street.)  
    Firehouse Creamery
145 S C St
(Ice Cream, deli sandwiches and candy)
 
    The Super Chicken Gift Shop
109 C St
 
    Virginia City Mercantile (9-7)
85 S C St
 
    Reflections Antiques (11-4)
79 N C St
 
    (Drive south on Hwy 341. On the left side.)  
   
Fourth Ward School (10-5)
537 C St
Built November 28, 1876. Students of all ages attended the Fourth Ward School, situated at the south end of Virginia City’s C Street. The Primary Department contained first through fourth grades. Fifth and sixth graders were enrolled in the Second Grammar Department. Eighth and ninth graders pursued their education in the Fourth Ward’s High School Department, which earned the distinction of awarding diplomas to the first students in Nevada to complete all nine grades. By 1909, the Fourth Ward’s curriculum had expanded to include instruction through the twelfth grade.

From the turn of the century through the 1920s, Fourth Ward teachers educated hundreds of students, but the declining fortunes of the mining district and diminishing population caused the student body to shrink. By the mid-1930s, less than 200 students attended the Fourth Ward School. The building was in need of repair and it seemed to be an obsolete relic from another era. When federal New Deal funding provided an opportunity to build a modern structure, the community jumped at the chance. Situated in the middle of Virginia City, Storey County Middle School was originally an all-class replacement for the Fourth Ward School, which closed its doors after its last seniors graduated in 1936.

Abandoned to the elements, the Fourth Ward School seemed doomed. State grants in 1964 and 1984 rescued the structure, giving it the promise of a brighter future. A grant from the Nevada Humanities Committee funded a museum in the building, which reopened in 1986, fifty years after closing. Since that time, the Fourth Ward School Museum has received hundreds of thousands of visitors ranging from school groups to foreign tourists. With diverse programming, a changing gallery, and engaging exhibits, the Fourth Ward School has once again become a community center and a remarkable setting for those wishing to learn about the glorious past of Virginia City and the Comstock Lode.

 
2:00 p.m. Depart: Virginia City  
    (Go south on Hwy 342. It will become Hwy 341. Go right on Hwy 50. Enter I-580 left/south at Carson City. Go left/south on Hwy 395. It will left at Minden. Go left/east on Hwy 270.)  
4:40 p.m. Arrive: Bodie 121
  See:
Bodie State Park (9-6) $8 per adult/$5 child under 18
 
  Depart: Bodie  
    (Go back out on Hwy 270. Turn right/north on Hwy 395.)  
48 min Arrive: Bridgeport, CA 25
  Lodge: Bridgeport Inn (Built in 1877)
205 Main St
Bridgeport, CA
(760) 932-7380
Cancel by midnight on July 15th
Barb, Tamra & Tim $144.48-3 Dbl
Autumn, Mark & Paul $122.08-2 Queens
Ray & Sherry $122.08-2 Queens
(AC, mountain view)
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Day 5 Tuesday July 20th  
  Do: Breakfast-Your own or buy at their restaurant
Fresh eggs prepared to order, omelets, French toast, fresh fruit and homemade cinnamon rolls and hash browns are just a part of our regular day fare. Every order of our signature dish, Chicken Fried Steak, is prepared from scratch. Served from 7:00 am daily.
 
9:00 a.m. Depart: Bridgeport, CA  
    (Go back out on Hwy 270. Turn left/south on Hwy 395.)  
9:15 a.m. Arrive: Conway Summit 13
3 min.   Mono Lake Vista Point 1
    (Continue south on Hwy 395. Turn right/west on Hwy 120.)  
13 min   Tioga Pass Road Valley View 9
2 min   Tioga Pass Resort 2
11 min See: Tioga Pass 8
    (Continue west on Hwy 120.)  
    Reservations required to enter the park-show Curry reservation paperwork & ID  
30 min Arrive: Tuolumne Meadows 18
    Lembert Dome Picnic Area-right side  
    (Go right on Yosemite National Park Rd. When the road ends, park in the lot. Walk right on Yosemite National Park Rd.)  
   
Tuolumne Meadows-Soda Springs/Parson Memorial Lodge
(1.5 mile RT)
Begin at Lembert Dome parking area (shuttle stop #4). Walk along the gravel road and pass the locked gate (signed Glen Aulin and Soda Springs). Soda Springs—carbonated, cold water bubbling out of the ground—is protected within a log enclosure. Historic Parsons Memorial Lodge offers exhibits (limited hours— see Yosemite Guide for schedule).
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    (A path to the bridge below the lodge continues to the Tuolumne Visitor Center.)  
Optional:   Tuolumne Meadows Grill-left side .3
  Do: Visitor Center-left side 1
    (Down the road on the left.)  
  Depart: Tuolumne Meadows  
    (Continue west on Hwy 120. Go left on Big Oak Flat Rd.)  
9 min   Tenaya Lake Picnic Area 6
6 min   Olmstead Point Turnout 3
45 min   Crane Flat Gas Station 29
    (Turn left on El Portal Rd.)  
11 min   Half Dome View 6
    Yosemite Valley View-El Capitan Viewpoint  
17 min See: Hanging Valley Viewpoint 8
  Arrive: Yosemite Valley 2
  Lodge: Curry Village Cabin
Cancel 7 days before
Barb, Tim, Beau-2 Doubles (3 people)-Sherry paid)$283.98
Paul, Autumn, Mark-Double & Single (3 people) $282.74 for 2 nights in same cabin
Sherry and Ray (2 people) Dbl & Single-Barb paid) $266.89
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Day 6 Wednesday July 21st HAPPY BIRTHDAY PAUL  
  Do: Own Breakfast  
  See: Yosemite National Park  
   
Stop 3- Ahwahnee Hotel
 
   

Stop 4- Degnan's Deli

 
   
Stop 5 or 9- Yosemite Valley Visitor Center
 
    Ansel Adams Gallery  
    Village Store  
    Village Grill  
   
Stop 6- Lower Yosemite Falls-
1 mile roundtrip
 
    Stop 8-Yosemite Lodge  
    Stop 11-Sentinel Bridge  
  Depart: Yosemite Valley  
    Sentinel Bridge on the left-good spot for Half Dome picture  
   
Bridalvail Falls
-.5 miles roundtrip
Park at Bridalveil Falls parking lot. Plunging 620 feet (189 meters), Bridalveil Fall is often the first waterfall you'll see when entering Yosemite Valley.
 
    (Go out of the park on Wawona Dr. Turn left on Glacier Point Rd.)  
1 hr See: Glacier Point
Restrooms
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1 hr Arrive: Yosemite Valley 31
  Lodge: Curry Cabins
Cancel 7 days before
Sherry & Ray-Double $266.89
Paul, Autumn & Mark- Double and Single (2 people) $266.89 Same as last night
Barb, Tim & Beau- Double & Single (3) $282.74
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1 hr Arrive: Wawona 30
  Lodge: Wawona Hotel
Barb, Tim & Beau- 2 Dbls $267.45
 

 

Day 7 Thursday July 22nd  
Autumn, Mark, Paul, Ray & Sherry:      
  Do: Own Breakfast  
9:00 a.m. Depart: Yosesmite Valley  
    (Go out of the valley. Turn left on Southside Dr and left again on Wawona Rd).  
10:00 a.m. Arrive: Wawona 30
  See: Wawona Visitor Center  
    Pioneer Yosemite History Center-
Consists of historic structures from different eras of Yosemite history. Originally constructed in different locations throughout Yosemite, they were moved to Wawona in the 1950s and 1960s. As you walk among them, it is important to remember that the area does not represent a village. Instead, each building represents a different chapter in the Yosemite story. Allow Yosemite history to come to life as you travel back in time to an era of horse-drawn wagons, covered bridges, and log cabins.
 
11:30 a.m. Depart: Wawona  
    (Continue south on Hwy 41. Turn left at a roundabout on Mariposa Grove Rd to the Mariposa Grove parking area.)  
11:45 a.m.   Big Trees Loop (.3 miles)-Winding through a forest with many giant sequoias, this trail features the Fallen Monarch and interpretive panels on the life and ecology of giant sequoias. This loop is relatively flat and is wheelchair accessible. 7
  OR Grizzly Giant Loop Trail (2.1 miles roundtrip)- Hike past notable trees such as the Bachelor and Three Graces, the Grizzly Giant, and the California Tunnel Tree. Visitors with a valid disabled placard can drive as far as the Grizzly Giant parking and enjoy the grove via a section of trail that is wheelchair accessible.  
12:30 a.m. Depart: Mariposa  
    (Go back on Mariposa Grove Rd. Continue left/south on Hwy 41.)  
2:10 p.m. Arrive: Fresno, CA 64
  Get: Gas  
2:30 p.m. Depart: Fresno  
    (Turn left/east on Hwy 180.)  
3:35 p.m. Arrive: Grant Village, CA 57
  Do: Kings Canyon Visitor Center (8-5)  
    (Go west on Grant Tree Rd.)  
5 min   General Grant Tree (1/3 mile paved trail)
2nd largest sequoia in the world is 270 feet tall and 107 feet around at its base. The tree was named in 1867 to honor Ulysses S. Grant, and was coined "the Nation's Christmas Tree" by President Calvin Coolidge. Visit the historic Gamlin Cabin and the Fallen Monarch along this 1/3 mile (.5 km) paved trail. Start at the General Grant Tree Parking area, 1 mile (1.6 km) northwest of the Kings Canyon Visitor Center.
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    Grant Grove Market (7am-9pm)  
    Grant Grove Gift Shop (8am-9pm)  
    Grant Grove Courtyard Dining (11:30-9)  
    John Muir Lodge  
  Depart: Grant Village  
    (Continue north on Hwy 180.)  
1 hr Arrive: Cedar Grove 29
  Lodge: Cedar Grove $166 Paid-$172
Cancel 2 days before
Sherry & Ray-Queen $332.00 (Paid $166 on 2/14)
Paul, Autumn & Mark- 2 Queens $344.00
Barb, Tim & Beau- 2 Queens $344.00
(AC, bathroom, ipod docking station, gift shop/market, laundry)
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Day 8 Friday July 23rd  
  Do: Breakfast- Your Own or Cedar Grove Grill/Snack Bar (7-10)  
9:00 a.m. Depart: Cedar Grove  
    Cedar Grove Visitor Center (9-5)  
    (Continue left/east on Hwy 180.)  
8 min  
Roaring River Falls
-A very short 0.3 mile walk from the Cedar Grove Area off of Generals Highway, you can quickly access the falls via a paved, tree-covered path. As the water forces its way through a narrow granite gap and races down a short 40-foot drop, the theatric event illustrates why the falls earned their name.
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    (Continue left/east on Hwy 180.)  
3 min   Zumwalt Meadows Trail- 1.5 mile self guided loop
Magnificent views of high granite walls, verdant meadows, and free-flowing Kings River. With its flat, gentle trails, the meadow is great for kids - and makes an ideal introduction to the park. Many rangers say this is the best (and most popular) day hike in the Cedar Grove area. Parking for Zumwalt Meadow is available four miles east of the Cedar Grove Village turn off.
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  Depart: Zumwalt  
    (Turn around and head back on Hwy 180.)  
18 min  
Grizzly Falls Picnic Area & Falls
-easy .1-mile round trip from the Grizzly Falls Picnic Area on the north side of Generals Highway. 
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10 min
3:00 p.m.
 
Boyden Cavern
$17.50 each
45-60 minute walking tour 750 feet
(Bring water shoes for walking in water.)
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    (Go back to Hwy 180 and turn left/northeast.)  
16 min Arrive: Cedar Grove 10
    Cedar Grove Market-Gift Shop (7am-10pm)  
    Cedar Grove Snack Bar $4.75-$18.95
Sandwiches, soup, salad, nachos, burgers, chicken, steak, trout
 
  Lodge: Cedar Grove (60)

 

Day 9 Saturday July 24th  
  Do: Breakfast- Your Own or Cedar Grove Grill/Snack Bar (7-10)  
9:00 a.m. Depart: Cedar Grove  
    (Go back on Hwy 180. At a junction go left on Hwy 198.)  
10:20 a.m.   Lost Grove-left side of the road (don't hike) 44
17 min Arrive: Wuksachi Lodge -gift shop, pizza (lunch 12-2 Deck Plan Menu) 10
6 min Arrive: Lodgepole 2
    Lodgepole Visitor Center (9-5)  
    Lodgepole Market & Lodgepole Cafe-grab and go sandwiches and salads (last place for food)  
9 min  
The General Sherman Tree
-The General Sherman Tree is the world's largest tree, measured by volume. It stands 275 feet (83 m) tall, and is over 36 feet (11 m) in diameter at the base. Sequoia trunks remain wide high up. Sixty feet above the base, the Sherman Tree is 17.5 feet (5.3 m) in diameter. Two trails lead to the Sherman Tree. Parking for the Main Trail is off the Wolverton Road (between the Sherman Tree and Lodgepole); just follow signs. The trail runs half a mile (0.8 km) down to the tree. It has a few stairs and is paved. As you walk, you'll enter the Giant Forest sequoia grove. Exhibits along the trail explain the natural history of giant sequoias. The walk back is uphill.
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    (Continue left on the road. On the right side.)  
5 min   The Big Trees Trail
This 0.75 mile (1 km) trail circles Round Meadow. Colorful trailside panels describe sequoia ecology. Start at Giant Forest Museum and follow the paved, accessible trail from there. Parking for people with disability placards is available at the trailhead. Allow 1 hour round trip.
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    (Continue on the road. On the left side.)  
2 min   The Giant Forest Museum- provides a basic introduction to the primary features of Giant Forest including its giant sequoias, meadows, and human history. The renovation of the historic Giant Forest market building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, began in 1999, and conversion to a museum and visitor center was completed in summer 2001. Self-guiding interpretive trails lead from the museum to the Round Meadow and Hazelwood areas. .3
    (Turn left on Crescent Meadow Rd.)  
    Parker Group Sequoia -left side  
5 min  
Sequoia National Park's Tunnel Log
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    (Go back to Hwy 198 and turn left.)  
10 min   Four Guardsmen-4 redwood spanning the highway. George Welsh named the trees in 1919. It was single lane. In 1939 another lane was added between 2 middle trees splitting the highway. 3.3
7 min   General's Highway Overlook 2.3
23 min See:
Tunnel Rock
- a one time rock over the road
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3 min   Foothills Visitor Center (8-4:30) 1.4
    (Continue on Hwy 198 past Visalia. Enter Hwy 99 right/north. Go right on Hwy 41 in Fresno. Go past Hwy 180. After Bullard Ave turn left on Sierra. In one block go left on Blackstone.)  
1.5 hrs Arrive: Fresno, CA 85
  Lodge: Summerfield Inn Fresno Yosemite
6309 North Blackstone Avenue
Fresno, CA 93710
559-439-0320
Can by July 22 at 11:59 p.m.
Sherry & Ray-King $86.24
Paul, Autumn & Mark- 2 Queens $95.93
Barb, Tim & Beau- 2 Queens $95.93 (Tell them about Beau)
(AC, all rooms on ground floor, microwave, refrigerator, tea/coffee maker, outdoor pool, continental breakfast)
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Day 10 Sunday July 25th  
  Do: Continental Breakfast  
9:00 a.m. Depart: Fresno  
    (Go right on Blackstone. Go right again on Escalon. In 2 blocks go right on San Pablo. Turn left on Sierra. Turn right on Maroa. Go left on Herndon. Turn right on Golden State Blvd. Enter Hwy 99 north. At Stockton go left on Mariposa Rd. Go right on Wilson Way. Go left on Hwy 4. Enter I-5 north. Take exit 678.)  
2:00 p.m. Arrive: Redding 334
    (Go west on Hwy 44. Go right on Pines. Go left on Hwy 299. At Hwy 101 go left/south. Go right on Hwy 41 in Fresno. Go past Hwy 180. After Bullard Ave turn left on Sierra. In one block go left on Blackstone.)  
5:00 p.m. Arrive: Arcata, CA 144
  Lodge: Ramada by Wyndham Arcata
3535 Janes Rd
Arcata, CA 95521-4529
(707) 822-0409
Cancel July 24th prior to 4 p.m.
Sherry & Ray-King $95.93
Paul, Autumn & Mark- 2 Queens $95.93
Barb, Tim & Beau- 2 Queens $95.93
(AC, continental breakfast, refrigerator, microwave, outdoor pool and hot tub
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Day 11 Monday July 26th HAPPY BIRTHDAY TAMRA  
  Do: Continental breakfast  
9:00 a.m. Depart: Arcata  
    (Go north on Hwy 101.)  
9:35 a.m.   Thomas H Kuchel Visitor Center (9-5) Exhibits, park film, passport stamps, restrooms, picnic area, ranger-led activities and programs  33
    (Continue north on Hwy 101. Turn right on Bald Hill Rd.)  
11 min   Lady Bird Johnson Grove Trail (1.4 mile easy) 6
    (Go back to Hwy 101 and turn right. Go left on Davison Rd to the end.)  
35 min  
Fern Canyon Trail (1.1 mile loop)- $8 day use/free to America the Beautiful Pass
This short loop trail takes hikers through the stunning canyon whose 30-ft walls are lined with ferns. Part of the fame stems from its choice as a filming location for a scene from Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park 2: The Lost World.
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    (Go back on Davison. Turn left on Hwy 101. Turn left on Newton B Drury Scenic Hwy. Turn left on Prairie Creek Rd..)  
32 min   Prairie Creek Visitor Center (9-5) 10
    (Go back to Hwy 101 and turn left. On the right.)  
2 min. Do:
Big Tree Wayside- 200 yards from parking lot is the big tree
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    (Continue north on Hwy 101. On the right side after Super 8.)  
45 min Arrive: Crescent City 32
  Lodge: Lighthouse Inn
681 Hwy 101
Crescent City, CA 95531
(707) 464-3993
Cancel midnight July 24th -Booking.com
Sherry & Ray-2 Queens $98.01
Paul, Autumn & Mark- 2 Queens $98.01
Barb, Tim & Beau- 1 King and 2 Queens $98.01
(Continental breakfast-breads, muffins, coffees, teas, cocoas, fruits and cereals, and juices, microwave, refrigerator, spa tub, coffeemaker)
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Day 12 Tuesday July 27th  
  Do: Continental Breakfast  
9:00 a.m. Depart: Crescent City  
    (Go north on hwy 101. Take exit 794 right onto Hwy 199.)  
9:15 a.m. Arrive: Jedidiah Smith Redwood State Park 9.3
  Do: Hiouchi Visitor Center (9-5)
Coast redwood, wildlife, and preservation history; 12-minute film on the redwoods; "Trees of the Coast Redwood Forest" self-guided walk with waysides exhibits (located just outside).
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    (Continue left/east on Hwy 199. Turn right on Howland Hill Rd.)  
13 min Do:
Stout Grove walk- .7 mile loop
Majestic example of an ancient coast redwood forest, is often considered to be the heart of Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park. In 1929, Mrs. Clara Stout donated this 44-acre grove to the Save-the-Redwoods League to save it from being logged and to memorialize her husband, lumber baron Frank D. Stout. A walk along this loop trail reveals colossal redwoods thriving in rich soil deposited during periodic flooding of the Smith River. Here, waist-high sword ferns carpet the forest floor and normally flared tree bases stop short, covered in river soils. Flood waters inhibit the growth of understory trees and plants seen in other groves, leaving the 300-foot redwoods on display. A short spur trail leads you to the serpentine waters of the Smith River.
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    (Continue right on Hwy 199.)  
1 hr 40 min Arrive: Grants Pass 74
    (Enter I-5 north.)  
3 hr 55 min Arrive: Portland 244
  Lodge:

Quality Inn & Suites Airport
9727 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97220
(503) 255-1404
Cancel by 4 p.m. today
Ray & Sherry- King $136.86
Autumn, Mark & Paul- $143.63
Barb, Beau, Tamara & Tim $143.63

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Day 13 Wednesday July 28th  
9:00 a.m. Depart: Portland  
    (Go west on I-84. Take I-82, then Hwy 395.)  
12:30 p.m. Arrive: Kennewick 205
  Do: Lunch  
1:30 p.m. Depart: Kennewick  
    (Go north on Hwy 395. At Ritzville take I-90 east.)  
3:45 p.m. Arrive: Spokane 142
  Lodge:   (347)

 

 

Costs:   Sherry & Ray Mark Autumn & Paul Barb, Beau, Tamra & Tim
July 16th Econo Lodge Inn & Suites Madras Chateau Inn $98.72 *$39.92 *$79.85 $119.77
July 17th SureStay Plus Hotel Redding $115.91 $42.00 $83.99 $123.19
July 18th Victorian Inn $68.09 $26.48 $52.96 $79.44
July 19th Bodie State Park $16.00 $8.00 $16.00 $29.00
July 19th Bridgeport Inn $122.08 $40.69 $81.39 $144.48
July 20th Curry Village-Yosemite ^$266.89 $94.25 $188.49 $282.74
July 21st Curry Village-Yosemite $266.89 $88.96 $177.93 *$267.45
July 22nd
Cedar Grove $166.00 $57.34 $114.67 $172.00
July 23rd Cedar Grove $166.00 $57.33 $114.67 $172.00
July 24th Summerfield Inn Fresno Yosemite $86.24 $31.98 $63.95 $95.93
July 25th Ramada by Wyndham Arcata $95.93 $31.98 $63.95 $95.93
July 26th Lighthouse Inn $98.01 $32.67 $65.34 $98.01
July 27th Quality Inn & Suites Airport Portland $136.86 $47.88 $95.75 $143.63
  Total: $1,703.62 $599.48 $1,198.93 $1,823.57

 

* Sherry Paid
^Barb Paid
Bold-paid for