Eventually, the tow truck arrived and we made our way into Crescent City. Upon entering the city, we noticed a beautiful beach with great looking waves. It was hard to drive away from waves, but our first priority was to see if we could get our van back on the road quickly. We found a cafe to get a bite, and began calling around to help diagnose our problem. Seeing that it was Sunday, and we couldn’t afford to lose a day waiting on the van, we decided to bypass Coos Bay and tow the car into Portland. Although we knew we’d miss a spot we were anxious to check out, this decision gave us an extra night to figure out the problem.
We still had a few hours on the road before getting to Humboldt and we wanted to catch the last daylight. But sure enough, after a beautiful drive through another redwood forest, the highway turned into a breathtaking coastal drive. We couldn’t help but stop and get the drone up in the air to capture the magnificent view, and as we were looking at the ocean, I noticed some white water and spray where there shouldn’t be any, about a half-a-mile out into the sea. We flew the drone out towards the area, and after a couple minutes of searching, we saw what was causing the spray – two adult whales and a calf swimming alongside the coastline. Unfortunately, the drone exhausted its range, and we needed to get back on the road.
It felt good to wake up to the crispy NorCal air—and the rain had finally let up. We camped in Klamath, but decided to go back down south towards Trinidad to surf. The swell was big and stormy up in Klamath, whereas Trinidad had a few coves with some protection, giving us a better chance at surfing. Jalian brings us to the state beach down in Trinidad to check it first. We were greeted by a few of Jalian’s friends, and we all decided that it was the best place to paddle out. The surf was still powerful and stormy looking, but supposedly it was just another NorCal surf day.
It was so beautiful that after a two-hour photo session, our photographer, Brian, decided to get the drone up again to get some footage before we left the beach. As we were chatting, we heard Brian cuss out lout, “Sh*t, I think I just crashed my drone. ” Apparently, as Brian was trying to capture the boulders along the rocky coastline, he crashed the drone into the bluff. Luckily, it was still responding, and it looked like it crashed into an area we could hike to. Jalian’s local friend Pete recognized the location as being near College Point, so we quickly packed up and drove out to retrieve the drone.
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