Father and Son Head For The Redwoods..pics, video, and lots of rain

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  1. 2LBOX

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    My youngest son and I packed up for a few days ride to the Redwoods. We have both been looking forward to this ride for some time. Elijah, my son, was so excited he was like a pinball getting ready, it was great.
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    This trip will prove short but very eventful. Weather, gear, animals, and at last, my first water crossing.
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    Had to stop at one of my jobsites and check on the guys.

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    Okay, now we're on our way. Sure hope they keep working while I'm gone.

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    Cruising through Astoria we noticed this cruise ship. Come to find out they were on their way back from Alaska.

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    The Oregon coast sure is beautiful.

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    And we just had to stop at the cheese factory. I loooove squeaky cheese.

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    Gotta go for tonight. I'll post more tomorrow night.
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  2. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze I keep blowing down the road

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    Lookin' good! I can't wait for more. That's a handsome young man in those photos. He must take after Mom?
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    nice. :thumb
    can't wait to take my son on his first moto tour.
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  4. Mad Kaw Disease

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    I love these father/child threads. Great to see Dad's out with their kids. My Dad and I had some rocky times and aren't particularly close today but I remember every minute we were out together like this when I was a kid.

    Great memories in the making for you both!!!!
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  5. 2LBOX

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    for sure after his mom, not me:wink:
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  6. 2LBOX

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    I have a few minutes so I'll try to get a little farther on the trip.

    After the cheese fest we headed down the road. In Depoe Bay are we saw a cool view point and thought we would get a pic. We ended up seeing a couple whales, sweet! Couldn't catch them out of the water on the camera but you can see the spouts.

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    Couple more pics from the view point.

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    Heading down the road, around sundown, we were getting close to Coos Bay. I felt something hit my leg. (I got a sweet comm system before the trip) I asked my kid what he was doing, he said nothing. I looked down to see what it could have been, oh crap! where's my phone? We flipped around and this is all I found.

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    Everything was closed so this is what I used to call home.

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    Gotta go. Dinners ready. Be back later tonight though.
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  7. akadvntr

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    Glad to see you making memories with your son. Too often we get busy with jobs and such, forgetting about the really important things:clap
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  8. 2LBOX

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    man, my wife can cook! Good thing I do construction too or I'd be fat as a cow.

    Where was I. Coos Bay. I was on duty the day before and didn't get to bed till five AM. Getting tired and I need a phone. So Best Western here we come.

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    We ate in.

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    Good boy, finish your homework before we stay up all night.

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    Elijah entering the address for the Verizon storeinto the GPS.

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    Man I hate buying new phones. Even more I hate being so dependant on them.

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    So, more Oregon coast. We woke to rain and it pretty much never stopped.

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    Found this prehistoric display. Interesting but to wet to walk through.

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    starting to get hungry. Pizza sounds great. And it was!

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    Seas were pretty rough. I'm on the surf rescue team here in Ocean Shores. This would be fun except for the rocks.

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    Found Paul Bunyan and his ox. Crazy logger actually talked to use for a while. Pretty funny and BIG.

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    Made it to our campsite in the redwoods, Prairie creek to be exact.

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    After setting up camp we went for a ride. Saw this elk in some guys yard.

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    Finally! I got my water crossing. four actually. Eight if you count them coming and going. Nothing huge but fun.

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    I am trying to post a couple videos of some elk but am having a little trouble. Be right back.
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  9. 2LBOX

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    maybe this will work.

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    These elk were pretty tame but still intimidating. Pretty cool.

    Better go for now. will post more tomorrow. Thanks for tuning in.
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  11. 2LBOX

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    So after our elk encounters we headed back to the campground. The visitor center was pretty cool. Should have taken some pics inside.

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    Starting to get a little cool. Better get a fire going.

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    Good job!

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    Whats for dinner?

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    At least in here we're dry.

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    The next morning brought, you guessed it, more rain.

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    It started raining so much we had to eat breakfast in the tent. And last nights dessert. Ice cream sammich, boo-yaa!

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    We finally packed up camp and went on another scenic loop. So much rain my camera started getting wet. Pics start looking funny through a layer of water.

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    This is inside the base of a tree. totally hollow and big enough for Elijahs whole football team. He plays half back, in case anyone wondered.

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    And we haaaaad to go through the drive through tree.

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    This is Winchester Bay, OR. I've ridden in the dunes here when I had a sand rail. To rainny to even get off the bike.

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    So around Lincoln City my wife and kids met up with us. Both to give us a dry place and to spend some family time together. As much as I hate trailering the bike, I have to admit I didn't mind to much on this one.

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    Drying the gear.

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    Elijah loves to cook eggs.

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    This ain't to bad. We even had wifi.

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    Heading home. Wet, but a great trip. Thanks for sharing it with us. Watch for Elijah's older brother Kalebs' trip to Death Valley in a couple months. And maybe a few short trips in between.

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  12. the darth peach

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    This is a great pic!!!

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  13. idea man

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    Great stuff. Were those water crossings on the way to Fern Canyon?
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  14. 2LBOX

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    Yes, there were actually four of them. Good stuff!
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  16. SheRidesABeemer

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    Looks like tight quarters on the Dakar! Did you "play" a lot of poke and push?
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  17. 2LBOX

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    No. He actually scoots back a bit and I have plenty of room. Him getting on was pretty funny though. All that gear made him a little stiff.
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  18. isaac004

    isaac004 Been here awhile

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    Excellant ride report. Riding in the rain sucks, but something about it is kinda nice (once you get over being wet/cold) every now and them...almost a bit refreshing or insightful.

    I was lucky enough to have a Dad who rode and wanted to spend time with me, and took me on a few 2up trips on his K and R bikes, as well as many dirt bike outings in northern Michigan (originally from SE MI). It's a great way to spend time together, and explore the country. If I have kids someday, I will definitely get them out on the bikes to see the world.
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  19. SABREMAN

    SABREMAN Been here awhile

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    LOOKS LIKE FUN, I LOVE CAMPING WITH THE LITTLE ONES, EVENTHOGH HE'S BIGGER THEN ME NOW!!! I ENJOYED "GOING WITH YOU GUYS" THANKS:norton :norton :norton
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  20. 2LBOX

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    Taking the kids 2up is fun. My oldest only has a couple years and we'll be able to take a couple bikes. My kids keep telling me I am way different than their friends dads. Guess I'll take that as a compliment.
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