One of me and Brendan’s favorite things about California is how much adventuring there is to do! We live in a beautiful area, surrounded by vineyards, close to the Pacific and a relatively easy drive to one of the coolest cities in America. We’ve explored our little corner of the state really well, and this past May decided to take our adventuring a little further north into Humbolt County all the way to Eureka. For one, I still can’t get over the wide range of landscapes we saw! From sand dunes to redwood forests to rocky rivers to cliffs that dropped into the ocean. We hiked in a creek that ran through a canyon covered in ferns. We drove a long stretch of Highway 1 and camped in a grove of 200-foot tall redwood trees. Guys, I friend doughnuts over an open fire, and they were *delicious*. There were times when the Pacific Ocean was a deep turquoise and other times when it was the color of the Caribbean. We’ve taken a lot of fun weekend trips (Tahoe and Carmel for example), but this one was really something else. Even after driving across the country, this was still one of our best road trips we’ve done. So many hidden gems and incredible views! I’ve listed the places we visited below (generally in order) and can’t recommend each of them enough! Happy exploring, y’all!

Fern Canyon

Trinidad Lighthouse

Lost Coast Highway

Humbolt Redwoods State Forest (highly recommend camping here!)

Highway 1 from Rockport to Jenner


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