Rural California

Discussion in 'On the Road' started by KL7AJ, Jan 16, 2018.

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  1. KL7AJ

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    Although I was born n riz in Silly Cone Valley, I've lived in Alaska 2/3 of my life. However there are still a lot of lovely places in California....it's not all L.A., contrary to Hollywood. My last major road trip in California was doing the entire Highway 1 with a Ten Tec Argonaut in our Ford Topaz, back in around 1990. I forgot how LONG Highway 1 was....so if you plan on traversing California QUICKLY that's not the way to do it....but you should do it at least once....and do it with an HF rig, since you have the whole Pacific Ocean aiding and abetting your sigganulls. There are STILL huge tracts of farmland in central California, too, and once you get 100 miles north of San Francisco, there's still a lot of genuine wilderness. California is BIG....not as big as Alaska, of course, but there are still a lot of largely unexplored nooks and crannies. I do plan on doing a drive there in the not too distant future...possibly after Dayton.

    Just so's y'all know.
     
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  2. K9ASE

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    I used to love camping and fishing near Mt. Lassen and Mt. Shasta.
    One of my only regrets is having lived there so long and never visiting Yosemite.
     
  3. KL7AJ

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    One of my earliest childhood memories was having our Volkswagen bus sprayed by a skunk.....and buying horehound drops at the lodge. So the combination of skunk and horehound drops is embedded in my spinal cord now. :)
     
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  4. KL7AJ

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  5. KL7AJ

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    But the best place to hug trees is Big Basin....we camped there every year during my yute.
     
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  6. WB2WIK

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    Gorgeous.

    I like Sequoia NP even better. Nothing like letting the snow fall from the treetops onto your head from 300 feet above and then maybe taking the hike out to Moro Rock.
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    The drive up "General's Highway" alone is worth the trip from anywhere, but to really experience it you need to hike around a bit.
     
  7. K6CLS

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    Moro rock is amazing. I wonder if anyone ever activated SOTA there?

    W6 is great for SOTA.
     
  8. KD8DEY

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    I wonder if Cracker Barrel still sells Horehound??.....
    That was one of Mom's favorites...
     
  9. W4KJG

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    In 1969 I had been drafted into the Navy. I had several days off and made quite a trip from San Francisco, via Greyhound, down 101 to visit a cousin in Monterey that was also drafted into the Navy at the same time as me. From there I went to see a close friend going to school in San Luis Obispo.

    The trip South was uneventful but lots of fun.

    The trip back to San Francisco made me never want to take another bus ride.

    I somehow got back to San Francisco via several Greyhound buses going through central California, starting somewhere north of LA. I transferred in Bakersfield where we I got on a bus with people and chickens in cages. It seems like we stopped every few miles to let some chickens off the bus, and load more chickens. This was in the days before bus air conditioning.

    It got better before we got to San Jose.

    I remember having a Lafayette 6 meter portable transceiver with me. I think it may have been an AM rig. I know it was filled with eight or nine D-cell batteries that took up most of the case.

    I'm not sure why I didn't use it to put out a MAYDAY call.
     
  10. KV6O

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    Pacific Coast Highway between SoCal and NorCal is a must drive. Lots of absolute isolation.
     

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