Abandoned Towns and Long Lost Treasure | California Coastal | Destination Adventure

Abandoned Towns and Long Lost Treasure | California Coastal | Destination Adventure

This episode hits especially close to my heart, for a couple of reasons. First of all, I am absolutely loving my time at the Ocean, I have impressed myself with the passage so far of highway One, and I got to cross the Golden Gate Bridge. Highway One looked pretty sketchy when I was scoping it out on the maps, but doing it for real is a different thing. I am so happy it is the off season, because I am sure there is a lot more traffic in the summer, but this route has just enough challenge already without the incorporation of heavy traffic. In a car or truck, this road would be no problem at all, but in a freight train of a Motorhome, it can make you sweat a little. That being said, this is the only way to see some of the few authentic and pure seaside towns along the California Coast. Places and towns like these are becoming more and more difficult to find, and more so each year, especially in a state with such a dense population.
Another large problem, is folks need for taking things. My visit to Glass Beach in Fort Bragg, was amazing, but everywhere I looked there were people filling ziplock bags with glass. Sure, it is cool to be able to take something home to show your friends and family, but essentially you’re robbing them of the chance to see it for themselves. Once these places have been destroyed, they are gone forever. I hope as a society we can begin to understand this.
Moving south from Fort Bragg, I had to detour a couple of times to stay on Highway 1, but it was SOOO worth it. This route has taken me days longer than I had expected, but I have loved every minute of each of those days. And finally, that brings us to San Francisco, and the Golden Gate Bridge. When I joined Cruise ships, I knew nothing about the world. I was uneducated and uncultured, but I learned fast. I absorbed everything around me like a sponge. On two different contracts, I got to stop in San Francisco, and when the ship was going under the Golden Gate Bridge, all of us crew members would go stand on the bow and enjoy the view. This was a special moment for all of us, but we only had that opportunity because of our employment to the cruise line. I was unbelievably proud of that job, but getting to do this stuff through my own personal pursuits and business – that is something special I haven’t yet found words for.
I truly hope that you enjoyed this episode and it brought a smile to your face. Christmas is coming just around the corner, and I hope you all have a happy and healthy holiday season.
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  1. Tiffany Allmand on August 7, 2022 at 12:15 pm

    Glass is made from sand so it’s going back home

  2. ebonerobinson on August 7, 2022 at 12:15 pm

    I used to drive up that way a lot from Oakland California. Glass beach had amazing glass when I was little, now it’s all green, clear and brown. Very relieved you made the drive in the off season, the 101 and the 1 get really gnarly. So glad you got a chance to visit the lovely California Coast! Maybe I’ll see you in Canada!

  3. Magic Unicorn on August 7, 2022 at 12:17 pm

    I made that drive in 1979. I drove down Avenue of the Giants – totally worth the extra time it takes. I got out and hiked a path into the forest, and the further downhill I went, the bigger the redwoods and the ferns got. It was an Alice-in-Wonderland feeling, as if I were getting smaller.

  4. Kenneth Stone on August 7, 2022 at 12:18 pm

    I was loving this! I literally JUST visited my uncle in Oregon 3 weeks ago, so I litterly JUSY drove 101 to 1 back to the Bay Area a couple weeks ago. So it was nice seeing this. Thanks!

  5. Rees Britton on August 7, 2022 at 12:19 pm

    I love SF… great episode!

  6. carlos gaspar on August 7, 2022 at 12:20 pm

    there is a napa to santa cruz relay (many legs) and one lucky runner gets to run the golden gate bridge. there is also an avenue of the giant marathon. out and back, completely surrounded by giant redwoods…

  7. Phillip Moody on August 7, 2022 at 12:21 pm

    Any chance of seeing some of those stills you shot with the camera? As a photography hobbyist that’d be pretty sweet. 🤙

  8. Daniel Schneider on August 7, 2022 at 12:21 pm

    now that was a fun trip, thanks for sharing… PS I like your merch.

  9. colin moorcock on August 7, 2022 at 12:22 pm

    good vid and we all love you and your vids Amen

  10. BRIAN DAVIS on August 7, 2022 at 12:23 pm

    I live in Comptche. Just inland from the town of Mendocino and use to live in Elk I totally recognize a few of the shots from this video.

  11. Kimberly Backes on August 7, 2022 at 12:24 pm

    I just drove the California coastal route this summer to go to my Grandfather’s funeral in Humbolt County. It had been 7 years since I had driven it. The redwoods are amazing.

  12. Crucible Custom Flooring on August 7, 2022 at 12:25 pm

    This is my favorite episode yet… love watching these with my wife over dinner!! The abandoned stuff is our favorite.

  13. Debby Klinglesmith on August 7, 2022 at 12:26 pm

    Love your content, too many commercials. Cant.

  14. Kip Dynamite on August 7, 2022 at 12:27 pm

    Awesome video 🤘🏼

  15. Karen Giorella on August 7, 2022 at 12:30 pm

    Is all the dark fused stuff on the beach ,oil or something? Looks like asphalt almost. Doesn’t look like a regular rock.

  16. Eric Challender on August 7, 2022 at 12:31 pm

    Dustin, I ding that thumbs up before your video evens starts because I know already it’s going to be good.

  17. Big B on August 7, 2022 at 12:31 pm

    What’s the music?

  18. Mike Murphy on August 7, 2022 at 12:31 pm


  19. Shelley Saddler on August 7, 2022 at 12:33 pm

    So cool to see your excitement! I love it! I grew up outside a little town called Georgetown, in the mountains of California. No electricity, running water, or phone for years. It was a great life for a youngin’. My point…. I grew up going to Fort Bragg and Mendocino (hope you got to make it there too). I consider it my second home. So happy to see you stop there. Thank you again for the many great memories in this one, many up North that I got to spend with my dad a few years ago in our motorhome, and when I got married, my hubby and I did it all again in my Rav4. Good times! Glad you got to do the scenic by way through the redwoods. When you get back into Oregon, check out Sunset Beach if you are able. You can camp there too. Just gorgeous! The botanical gardens are gorgeous there as well, and there’s a slough close by that you can hike at. You can get to it all with your motorhome.

    Thanks again!❤

  20. Patty on August 7, 2022 at 12:35 pm

    Who is doing the music? I love it!!! Anyone know???

  21. Linda Mesa on August 7, 2022 at 12:36 pm

    I wish I could find someone to drive my RV from Canada down to Mexico!! I could do it if I had a driver!

  22. Donald FRAZIER on August 7, 2022 at 12:36 pm

    Five months ago but I’ve subscribed because of this type of content Thanks!

  23. Matt Peterson on August 7, 2022 at 12:39 pm

    Highway 1 is an amazing drive that brought back memories thanks man.

  24. Frank Romig on August 7, 2022 at 12:41 pm

    Like the no destination trip. Just living and enjoying👍

  25. Raymundo Falcon on August 7, 2022 at 12:43 pm

    Love your videos, there cool!👍👍👍👍👍

  26. Ivan Madrid on August 7, 2022 at 12:44 pm

    You something else dude.. Love ya!!

  27. Gail Edmonds on August 7, 2022 at 12:44 pm

    Thanks for the trip. Now you were in my old hood. Grew up in Northern California. Orick, Ferndale & most of those small towns all along the river even into Hoopa an Indian Reservation were flooded in 1964…..a 100 year flood. It was bad & I mean bad. All the towns were under water or in water. At least the ones that weren’t destroyed. We were stranded in Hoopa for months before they could get crews in there to rebuild roads & bridges so we could get the hell out. Left & moved to Oregon. But it was good to see your trip again. Spent many camping trips into the Redwoods. Fun times.

  28. SWSadu on August 7, 2022 at 12:45 pm

    I have vacationed a few times in the Arcata, McKinleyville, Trinidad area. Have made the drive from SFO up 101 to that area each trip and am always spellbound by the view. The clean air, cool breezes and proximity to the ocean make this my favorite place to be. Thank you Dustin for taking the time to go to the places along the way that I have been in too big of a hurry to see for myself. You got soul dude. This is such a well done video!

  29. Shelley on August 7, 2022 at 12:46 pm

    LOVE this adventure! Yes please more like it. The Adventure is the way to a destination; no matter if you have one in mind or not. Learn about yourself along the way~ take the time to enjoy. My dream is to visit Alcatraz.

  30. Emily Wright on August 7, 2022 at 12:47 pm

    This is pure 😂💕

  31. fredztube on August 7, 2022 at 12:49 pm

    Wow Such an Amazing trip Justin love it the scenery is absolutely Beautiful thank you so much 😀

  32. Dagmar kidwell on August 7, 2022 at 12:52 pm

    Loved it

  33. Mae Newcombe on August 7, 2022 at 12:55 pm

    So glad you got the vibe of the GGB and San Fran. It’s a GREAT place.

  34. Debby Klinglesmith on August 7, 2022 at 12:57 pm

    You missed Bodega Bay!!!! Cool place. The Birds was filmed there.

  35. cymaratechoverdragon on August 7, 2022 at 12:58 pm

    This video cements my thought that California needs slicing in half and splitting into 2 states, the top half is a different world from the bottom.

  36. BRIAN DAVIS on August 7, 2022 at 12:58 pm

    There is another drive through tree in legget we’re you turned off on to hwy 1 that’s much larger than the other one you skated through

  37. Maxine - Charlie Max Caulfield on August 7, 2022 at 1:00 pm

    I loved that trip and actually got goosebumps when I saw Golden Gate Bridge….its some where I’ve always wanted to go. I’m from the north of Ireland by the way.What a cool adventure.. please take me with u lol I’ve never watched ure channel before but have now subscribed….looking forward to more fantastic journeys. Thank you for sharing it with us 😉☘

  38. G. L. on August 7, 2022 at 1:01 pm

    How do you fly a drone over your RV while driving?

  39. K on August 7, 2022 at 1:02 pm

    There is something about driving into SF over the bridge. It’s awesome!

  40. Paul Briggs on August 7, 2022 at 1:03 pm

    Great one of your more interesting eppisodes. I bet you could of looked around and shown us heaps more that we don’t normally get to see. Loved it. Briggsy from Australind, Western Australia.

  41. Freeda Peoples on August 7, 2022 at 1:03 pm

    I’d love to learn more about the playlist
    Behind this video. I loved the tunes so much!

  42. Kevin Forsyth on August 7, 2022 at 1:03 pm

    Hi from New Zealand I love your adventures so many great and beautiful places I can’t wait for the day I can finally get over there and see some of the beautiful country. I would love too do this road on a Harley especially the Golden Gate Bridge. Keep it up and thanks so much

  43. Debby Klinglesmith on August 7, 2022 at 1:05 pm

    Legally, you can take the glass. It’s legally "garbage".

  44. XC_niner on August 7, 2022 at 1:06 pm

    Hey man do you remember the highway you took when you came across those houses with the trucks rusting out?

  45. Erin Hilliard on August 7, 2022 at 1:07 pm

    There’s so much production value here, you’re practically a one-man show! The music, oh man- that really got me relaxed and feeling like I was right there with you! Those abandoned looking towns have predominantly mid-century modern architecture, which tells me that they were developed during the golden age of cars-the 1950s and 1960s. That was a time when gas was more affordable and people wanted to do everything they could with the family car! Picnics, motor lodges, roadside attractions, and driving through big trees were a must! It’s sad to see those aspects of Americana disappear. I’m glad you’re focusing on the journey, more than the destination. You’re inadvertently creating a record of places many of us would have never seen without your efforts. Thank you!

  46. mzinns on August 7, 2022 at 1:09 pm

    I just did the drive up and back from Eureka/Avenue of The Giants along 101 and 1. Done this drive several times from the bay area. The music and general tone of your vid was spot on! It so represents the way I feel when on that route!

  47. carol watson on August 7, 2022 at 1:10 pm

    Drove down 101 in April of 2020. It was super creepy, we were the only car on the road for miles and miles and miles. All small places that we drove through looked almost deserted. It appears things have gotten a lot worse by the looks of your travels. Thank you for your videos, much love to you all 💞🗺️💞

  48. YahshuaLovesMe on August 7, 2022 at 1:11 pm

    those trees are babies…

  49. Sylvia Hernandez on August 7, 2022 at 1:12 pm

    @9:28 is Healdsgrove! I grew up in the yellow house 💛

  50. Darth Dainese on August 7, 2022 at 1:13 pm

    Am I wrong in thinking you guys drive on the inside as default? We Brits drive on the outside in case we need to get on the hard shoulder in an emergency

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