White Reef Loop St. George UT

 

Emily


Evening, Peeps.

Way back in December we went up to St. George to do some winter Airstreaming and of course some mountain biking too.

Now behold, my very first video documenting the experience. I mean “mine” as in I edited this video.

Not Fred.

Me.

The editing experience has given me a whole new appreciation for Fred’s work, and this was a quick video! Anyway, we call these “Snack Bars” because the video’s only a couple minutes – about as long as YouTube analytics tell us people watch our videos anyway.

So enjoy this snack, peace out and see you soon.

Airstreaming the Redwoods

Emily


Evening, Peeps!

The hard part about blogging after a trip is realizing all the things you should have done. For example, I wish that I’d realized I was going to start a blog. If I’d known that I would have spent much more time taking better pictures.

Case in point, the redwoods. They just don’t photograph well except in the vertical format, which annoys my photographer sensibilities. And then when you finally find the time to write about it the pictures you did bother take just aren’t quite up to the task – you have to scroooooolllll to see them all.

Still:

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That’s a camper to the right there – imagine you’re standing right down at the base. Gawwwd they’re big!

Redwood Rewind

So let’s catch up.  The reason I’m talking about this is in mid 2017 we left Vacaville (close’ish to San Francisco) after completing some unexpected repairs to the Airstream and I was determined to get us to the redwoods come hell or high water.

To get there we took the 101 north to the Humboldt Redwoods State Park.

Vacaville to Humboldt Redwoods State Park

For our overnight we stayed at the Giant Redwoods RV & Camp right off the 101 where the opening picture above was taken:

Giant Redwoods RV & Camp

I have to say, Giant Redwoods RV & Camp was just wonderful. The vibe was laid back and easy, there was lots to explore including awesome access to the South Fork Eel River. Sites were level, shaded and equipped with full services:

 

There was a nice new clean bathhouse and the owners were friendly and accommodating. They even placed some calls for us to work out a glitch in our Good Sam membership. I also super appreciated their laid back welcome for dogs.

Crescent City

The next day we drove up the 101 which hugs the coastline. Our destination was Redwood Meadows RV Resort which is just outside Crescent City.

Humboldt to Crescent City

Although the 101 hangs precariously to the seaside cliffs, and the trees are thick, you still get heart-stopping views like this one now and again. I mean, if you’re into that sort of thing  ;o)

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When we passed through Crescent City and managed a little time to explore the water. The bay is so shallow the water recedes extensively at low tide.

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Finally we made our way to Redwood Meadows RV Resort, of which I managed to get exactly zero pictures.

Redwood Meadows RV Resort

Even without the pictures I can say only good things. The park has trees but it’s been substantially thinned so satellite reception, ironically, was just fine. Our site was level, clean and fully equipped. People were friendly, though evidently there had been some problems with theft in the past. Prices, in my opinion, we exceptional both for the time of year an ambiance.

The best thing about this campground though was location. Perched right on the edge of the Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park the park offered convenient access to Crescent City and exceptional access to acres of redwoods. We made frequent trips into town for supplies but still felt very much “away from it all”.

Riding the Redwoods

Ah yes, my favorite topic. Mountain biking.

Located close to Redwood Meadows RV Resort is the Little Bald Hills Trail, which is located directly across the Smith River from the RV park. Strangely getting there involved a somewhat serpentine though jaw-droppingly picturesque route.

Little Bald Hills Trail

Part of the drive includes a covered bridge which I think might be made out of redwood. I sort of expected to see Ichabod Crane.

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The trailhead begins at Howland Hills Road, which is surrounded by tall and dense redwoods. The road is narrow and winding but parking at the trailhead was spacious enough for half-dozen trucks.

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From there things got intense. This trail runs at a grade sometimes over 20% and with the humidity running 100% within seconds the sweat was rolling off of me and attracting car-sized mosquitoes. But who cares, look at this place!

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Interestingly one of the strongest memories I have from the redwoods is the smell. It’s a very distinctive pleasant sweet odor. I can still smell it when I think about it.

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Flowers were uncommon, only sprouting up in rare patches of open sunlight.

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The climb was absolutely brutal, requiring frequent dismounts due to fitness and thick dead-fall. Still, at the top I was greeted with a fairy like view. I found that the higher I got the redwoods gave way to more common pine and less fog.

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Despite the murderous climb I rode this trail a half-dozen times during our stay. It’s not for the lighthearted but damn what an experience.

Reflections

Our trip to the redwoods had the best possible outcome – it made us want more. We only spent a couple weeks there due to our soon-to-end travel so now we have a little seed germinating that will almost certainly take us back to there for a much longer stay. This place absolutely has “it” and we can’t wait to go back.

20% More Tailgate Talk – Hawes Trail System

Fred & Emily & Luke


Evening, Peeps!

Fred’s neighbor, Luke, got wind of this little YouTube experiment of ours and asked us if he could take a crack at editing a new episode. It would seem he has some experience in that arena. So we handed over some six hours of 4k video from our last ride out a the Hawes Trail System here in the Phoenix area and Luke went to town.

Now behold, a totally new take on how an Airstream MTB video should be! Please watch it and tell us if the new format works better, the same or worse. Or don’t say anything and just enjoy. We have no pride ;o)

Peace out!

 

Winter Airstreaming St. George Utah

Emily & Silent Partner


Evening, Peeps!

Sometimes Airstreaming is just about not being home. The destination doesn’t have to be exotic, though you could do a lot worse than the St. George KOA in Southwest Utah.

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This RV park occupies a strange spit of land between the I-15, Quail Creek State Park:

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And the Red Cliffs National Conservation Area:

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The Escape

We’re here more or less on a whim – had some vacation time and a handy Airstream so we headed out of town the day after Christmas seeking mountain biking and, well … not home.

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Temperatures are hovering well below freezing and a winter storm is passing through but wow is it cool to watch the snow fall on the mountains while you’re mountain biking. Today we rode several trails in the Red Cliffs National Conservation Area.

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We headed out on White Reef Trail:

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Then back on Leeds Reef Trail:

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My riding companion was’t feeling especially photogenic today.

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But we persevered on the Quail Creek Trail where we enjoyed the sweet smell of fallen leaves before returning to the Airstream home.

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The Portal To The Mountain Biking Dimension

Ok, Peeps. More frozen adventure to come tomorrow! Peace out.

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Riding the Lake Mountain Spur Trail – Airstreaming the White Mountains

Fred & Emily


Evening, Peeps!

Please join us on our final ride in the White Mountains, this time on the Lake Mountain Spur Trail.

This ride is interesting because that thumbnail above is where we rode in the caldera of an extinct volcano! It looks innocent enough until you realize it’s also at 8500′ (2590m) and the site of former magma flows.

Enjoy!

Riding the White Mountains – Land of the Pioneers Trail

 

Fred & Emily


Morning, Peeps!

As promised, we’re pumping out more content than political ads in October so please enjoy our next trail review for Land of the Pioneers. As before we’re experimenting with ways to make these videos more interesting including a preview during the cold open and split-screen riding.

With that, enjoy the format, see Fred endo and watch us get eaten alive by mosquitoes.

 

Riding the White Mountains – Los Burros Trail

Fred & Emily


Evening, Peeps!

I’ve been remiss – career and life have gotten away from me and the blog has gotten very little love. But fear not, Fred has been busy and we’ve put together a most excellent set of videos reviewing the Los Burros trail, which we rode on our firs day Airstreaming the White Mountains.

We’re having some fun experimenting with format so here’s a long-cut video in our usual style.

And a second video in a more contemporaneous form.

Enjoy our review and please punch the like button on your preferred version of this video!