Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Northern California

Friday April 19 we continued north through California on highway 101.

the beginning of a long scenic trek on 101

family favorite salad with fresh spinach & strawberries from Garretts and CA walnuts

Down the road we wheeled into an Eco Living Solar place that offered free tours. Shannon had Cora throw our 2 trash bags away in the dumpster we parked beside. It was grand entertainment to watch her try, try, trying again to toss the bag high enough. After twenty or so attempts, she succeeded and raised her hands in triumph. So sweet to see her cheerfully persevere! We had about an hour to peruse the real goods store, swing in a hammock, play in the fountains and children tunnel.

how much electricity can you generate?

strange water fountain

Our tour guide had apprentices scurrying around getting ready for the next day's big Earth Day celebration. He showed us a couple houses made of cob: dirt, water, sand, and straw. We saw inside the little greenhouse where he grows wheatgrass for a local juice place. We walked though the garden that feeds the residents and fed fish in the large pond surrounded by willow trees. Quite an interesting place! Shannon enjoyed learning about all the solar panels that power the facility.

one cob building
Caroline peddling the blender for earth day smoothies
another strange fountain
the pipe empties onto the plants

Farther up 101, near Leggett, we saw signs for a drive through tree. After wiggling around to it, we came on in, but couldn't fit the motor home through. The redwoods are majestic!

This was one of the few days we drove on after nightfall. There were not a lot of options for camping. Shannon took us into Eureka while everyone else went to sleep.

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