Jeremy Zawodny is looking for vacation ideas in northern California.
A fascinating stop driving north on 101 is the Solar Living Institute. You can take in a workshop or just do a self tour for an hour or two on your way to somewhere else. 90 some miles north of S.F. The site is also home to the Real Goods store.
Some of those forests have the distinction of being the location for filming the Return of the Jedi.