Before I forget everything and before I run out of steam and fall asleep sitting up, here are some highlights from yesterday and today. Just a disclaimer: I'm so tired right now, so don't expect much in the way of interesting narration..!
Yesterday we continued down the Oregon coast, it was so beautiful. Shore Acres state park was especially nice. There were some beautiful gardens and some very cool eroded sandstone rocks with cool shapes. I am borrowing some pictures from Flickr since we haven't downloaded ours yet.
I think our favorite part of the day was Bandon. It's a cute, small, old town. But the seashore was awesome. We spent a couple hours wandering around the low tide area, between the rocks. We also saw sea pups up close sunning on the rocks.
Finally, we reached California! We spent the night in Eureka. There are some cool Victorian houses there. This Carson mansion was right across the street from our hotel. It was amazing and built completely from redwoods.
We drove through a tree along the Redwoods Avenue of the Giants!! Brian was sure we were going to knock off the side mirrors, but we skimmed through just fine.
After lunch in Mendocino we drove inland towards California wine country. The road was very winding and hilly, and by the time we arrived at our destination we were definitely in need of some wine. We stopped at two wineries: Field Stone in Healdsburg and Beringer in St. Helena. By this time we were pretty well sloshed, but we ventured onward. After driving though the valley, we made our way over to Sonoma. The town had a nice historic town square and a Spanish mission. We finished the day with a nice Mexican meal in the town square. Tomorrow: San Francisco!