They left Fremont
home on 12/9 morning and drove Highway 101 to north. They went to Pacific
coast for a while on the way, visited tunnel trees at two places (greens on
the above map) and stayed one night at McKinleyville, near Eureka.
Next day, they
drove to Crater Lake and stopped at Klamath to see another tunnel tree on
the way. After the Klamath, they took Highway 199 to northeast which passes
by the Siskiyou National Forest where James Kim family was stranded for more
than a week in the wild forest and James Kim was frozen to death, just
little while ago. It seems he didn't have knoledge nor experience how winter
high mountains are dangerous to drive and drove in to the wild National
Forest without good road, lodging nor passing car in winter time, in the
dark after the dinner especially, while weather could be be changed so fast
unexpectedly very often at the high elevation and road could be frozen and
very slippery especially in the nights due to fast drop of the temperature
When they arrived
almost to the Crater Lake (only about 20 miles away), rain was changed to
the snow because of high elevation. As the road was so slippery, they were
forced to turn around. Their original plan was shown by red line on the
above map but had to take blue line to go to Weed to stay the second night.
On 12/11, They went
to Shasta Lake to visit a cave there. After the the cave tour, they drove
Highway 5 and 80 to Novato, dropped two visiters there where D.I.'s aunt's
younger brother lives and finished great 3 days trip.