In mid-summer we had a family reunion to celebrate a relative for a 20-year Anniversary. We wanted to escape the heat and the smoke from wildfires. The choice was a Ranch which had comfortable cabins to rent. It was located in low mountains east of Ashland in a lovely range land of forests and meadows. Another adventure was rafting on the Rogue River. After more events we returned by driving along the Northwest California Coast visiting the beautiful Redwood National and State Parks. The huge trees are really impressive. We hiked, took pictures of elks, rhododendrons, empty beaches, large lagoons, and pretty towns. Taking the SR 101 was cooler than the inland I5, nevertheless it was a long drive. Road work and repair of a rock slide took many waiting hours on the 101. Golden Gate was fogged in and 40 deg cooler than the inland which was much better than the smoke over Lassen and Shasta. Half a million acres are still burning.
It was a fine trip. Enjoy the pics.
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