Monday, May 23, 2016

Pacific Northwest creepy crawlies

So we have been seeing a fair share bugs and slugs in the moist weather along the coast in northern California and into Oregon.

Near Oregon Caves national monument, this little guy was rearing up in the middle of the road. Did he find a drop of beer, and he's having a drink?

Nearby was this snail racing across the road. I may have read a sign that he's a something something 'side traveling' snail.

Right at our campsite, there were many of these big green slugs. I kept having to block out my instinct that I'm starving and that these should be collected and hoarded for boiling up, or sliding down raw!

These happy little guys were near Oregon Caves National Monument; we found a great little campsite along a creek. From the main caves road from Cave Junction up to the caves, turn left onto forest road 4611, go a mile or so up forest road 4611. Look on the right, just past a large rockfall area on the left. Can be seen from the road, but is set back pretty well and is shady and flat and very close to the creek. May be a minor ground clearance issue right at the entry from the road, for longer RVs.

And there's a more open larger campsite area, go further up the road, about another mile. On the right past a large gravel pile, (or large widened area of the road where gravel would be stored). Should be room for any size camper, with full sun or shade choices.

Back at the Pacific coast, in Trinidad, CA, is another great spot, if you have a soft spot for soft creatures... We camped for three days at Cher-Ae Heights casino, on the skinny coast road about a mile south of Trinidad. Great location, Only $20 for up to 3 nights, and several beaches and the town within biking or walking distance.

Climbing down one of the steep trails to the ocean, you'll see these big banana slugs. Again, please resist your urge to plop them in your mouth!

In Trinidad is a nice marine laboratory with free self guided tours; Humboldt State University Marine Laboratory. There are saltwater tanks with area fish, and a couple of tide pool tanks where you can get your hands on urchins, anemones and sea cucumbers.

The laboratory also has a wall on the history of whaling in Trinidad, which was established in the early 1900's as a whaling station.

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