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Planning Raible Road Trip #7

Crater Lake Last year in September, my parents and I embarked on Raible Road Trip #6 when returning from Web Design World 2002 in Vegas. Julie didn't join us since she was 7 months pregnant. However, Raible Road Trip #7 will be Julie, Abbie and I - and it begins this weekend. I'm starting to get really excited about it. We bought our plane tickets last night, and tonight we started planning the trip. Here it is so far - thanks to all for your suggestions.

  • Fly into San Diego on Saturday morning. Stay with Julie's sister until Sunday afternoon or Monday morning.
  • Drive like a bat out of hell to Big Sur, which is about 8 hours according to MapQuest. Stay a night or two - those cabins that Andy mentioned sound nice.
  • From Big Sur, head to Bodega Bay. I'm a backwoods Montanan, so I don't know about San Fran - we might just skip it. It sure sounds cool, but I also know it's pretty crowded. I happened to remember one of my best friends (that I haven't talked to in years) actually lives in Bodega Bay - so I called him up tonight. He's fighting fires in Montana, so he might not be there - but his wife, Katie, and son will be there - so we'll probably stay with them for a night or two. This brings us to Thursday or Friday.
  • Our end destination is meeting my parents at the Oregon Caves on Friday or Saturday, so we'll probably head from Bodega up there (7 hours). Hopefully, we'll catch some redwoods along the way.
  • My dad has a couple rooms booked at Crater Lake on Sunday and Monday night. My sister, Kalin, is meeting us on Saturday.

Boy this is gonna be a fun trip. I haven't been on a road trip on California since I was a little kid. It was in the early 80s and my dad had a rigged up canvas topper on VW Rabbit pickup. We camped every night and drove like maniacs during the day. Abbie will be too young to remember, but that's what the ol' camera is for!

Posted in General at Aug 19 2003, 11:07:29 PM MDT 6 Comments

Skipping one of the most beautiful places on earth because it's "pretty crowded"!?!?! Come on! You need to *at least* drive through and across the Golden Gate. You'll see that within 5 minutes out of the city you're in gorgeous park land and you can check out the RedWoods at Muir Woods.

Check out these pictures from the 49 mile scenic drive around the city. It's a fantastic place and they're really friendly to them backwoods folk there too.


Posted by Russ on August 20, 2003 at 08:05 AM MDT #

I would also recommend an excursion into Muir woods. Nice hike from the park at the bottom to the top as well!

Posted by Pratik Patel on August 20, 2003 at 08:28 AM MDT #

Russ - you should know I wrote that just to get your goat! Looks like it worked. ;0) Thanks for the Muir woods suggestion.

Posted by Matt Raible on August 20, 2003 at 03:58 PM MDT #

I am assuming you are going to take 101N to Oregon. If so, you will passing through the glorious Redwood Empire. And You might want to take a slight detour through the Avenue of Giants. more info: and This road runs parallel to 101N so you will not back or side tracking, just spending some more time with the amazing redwoods. Enjoy !

Posted by Mehul on August 21, 2003 at 03:21 AM MDT #

Russ - thanks for the pictures - those just might motivate an afternoon in San Fran. Too bad you don't live there (yet).

Mehul - we are going to take 101N, the Avenue of Giants sounds awesome - thanks!

Posted by Matt Raible on August 21, 2003 at 11:58 AM MDT #

Very cool Matt & Julie, hope you have a blast!! - JE

Posted by John Enright on August 25, 2003 at 01:22 PM MDT #

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