Everyone gets excited to come to the redwoods.
OK, every once in a while someone goes on about the inevitable muffins and the wisely positioned hot tub overlooking the river, but mostly it’s the vast groves of super-tall redwoods, the sparkly clean Smith and our close proximity to a wild Pacific coastline that draws people to the bnb.
And the draw has a surprisingly distant reach – Germany, Canada, England, Belgium, the Philippines, Australia, and the Netherlands are among countries now familiar to us due to so many guests visiting from far and wide. Distant spots in the US, too, are represented. So “epic road trip” qualifies as a certifiable mantra for guests — most driving all or part of the west coast, some completing a transcontinental drive to get here (well, not just here).
All the chatter over muffins and seared tuna (and sometimes even through the bubbly haze of a crowded hot tub) have meant my own list of epic destinations has grown. But before I can book travel on my adventure, here’s a shout-out to the lineup of long-distance drivers and high-mileage wanderers who have made bnb Hiouchi home in recent months (in their own words and mine).
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Hamish and Claire from England. Totally, entirely, fully epic. Their’s was a seven-week drive from east coast to west and then back. The redwoods was part of their westernmost, coastal portion. Over 3,000 miles on the odometer and another three to go. No wonder they packed so many muffins as they left that morning. 🙂
Carmen and Fabian from Germany were driving from Seattle to LA (with a stop in Boston, huh?), soaking up the west coast and focusing on wine, food, and hiking before heading back and hitting the books in school.
Gunning down the highway from the upper reaches of Washington State and in a single (and long) day making it to Hiouchi most definitely qualifies as Epic. Lin arrived late, woke early (early enough for a Stout Grove walk before breakfast) and then, bam, took off for the Bay after her meal and one night’s stay. Totally Epic. Totally brave. Totally cool.
Erick explained in perfect harmony with this post title that “Kate and I are on what we are calling our “epic pacific coast road trip” from Seattle to Big Sur. Food, outdoor adventure and new places, including your awesome wooded getaway are planned!” Not that they don’t have getaways in eastern Canada, but ours are better. Agree?!
John and Victoria came from southern California on John’s “Birthday Road Trip,” claiming all our emails leading up to their departure “is amping us up a notch!!” Me too!
Andrew and Michelle from Australia “decided to visit California as there seem to be lots of national parks, mountains, and wildlife, and we plan to enjoy your good food, wine and beer.” We shared plenty here at the bnb.
Rebekka and Michael came from a tiny hamlet in southern Germany to a tinier hamlet in the redwoods, breaking up their version of epic (a drive between Seattle and San Fran) with five days at the bnb. Perfect weather. Much perfect food. And many mellow times. Yes, epic can be chill.
Joost and Stephanie were playing hooky from work, doing a west coast trip prior to starting new jobs back home in Amsterdam. Judging by their reaction to the redwoods, they would completely agree on the stamp of Epic.
Shereen and Olivier took a week off from work to drive the Oregon coast, dipping into California to see the redwoods and also pay a visit to the bnb. Maybe not an epic distance but it seemed like epic fun (I heard an engagement took place recently and “the redwoods played a part,” Shereen wrote). Yay!
Lidia and Jerry from New York and Canada (decked out in New Year’s Eve attire) said “we’ve kayaked in the Galapagos, been on safari in Africa, and have a cabin in a forest. We like to spend New Year’s Eve in unusual places. We are SO looking forward to relaxing and hiking.”
Sneha, arriving just a day after her wedding in the Midwest, said: “almost all of our ‘vacations’ involve long days of backpacking/hiking, sleeping under the stars, and exploring/experiencing new places. I’ve been itching to wander in the company of the giant redwoods (I kind of think of it as a necessary pilgrimage). Dave is always up for a new adventure…I kind of think of him as a reincarnation of John Muir.” Wedding + Windy City + Redwoods = Epic. Yes?
Texans Mark and Betty explained that this trip is a “30th anniversary road trip for us — northern Cali redwoods, southern Oregon coast, then on to Ashland for Shakespeare. My wife Betty (then girlfriend) used to romp all over Oregon and adjacent areas. This is a homecoming visit of sorts for us to some old stomping grounds.”
Derald and Barb told me they were retired but I didn’t believe them. From a start up by the (chilly) Canadian border, when they stopped here for two nights they were about midpoint in a 1,500+ mile drive in search of warmer temps in the sun belt.
Scott and Julie, from British Columbia, apparently got cold (but not cold feet), jumped in their car and drove south from Vancouver to the redwoods and then on to LA and Vegas (they emailed later). Unplanned and carefree. Definitely a good way to get to Epic.
Clarissa and Greg, from the east coast. How does 13 trips to California sound? After the grilling, the fine brews, the daily hiking and guitar-playing they were off for more adventure at Mount Lassen and then on to Frisco. In my book, truly, authentically Epic.