We took the more direct route home because we had stuff scheduled in Ashland. But, we still took our time, spending the night at the Durango RV Resort in Red Bluff, CA.Leaving Angels CampBeautiful tree lined roads on the way to highway 5.We passed these riders Sunday morning bringing back memories of early morning rides.Back on 5 with Oleander separated lanes.Passing thru Corning – known for it’s olives and olive oil.
We stay at the Rolling Hills Casino RV Park when it’s just a quick overnight, but since we were getting into Red Bluff in early afternoon we opted to stay at the more luxurious Durango RV Resort in Red Bluff. Registering at the park; you can see Rose’s reflection in the glass of the Club House across the way.Settled in for the night.
We had a relaxing time the next morning, before departing for our last leg of this trip.
Approaching the mountains near Shasta Lake.It began raining as we passed Black Butte.Near Yreka is the State of Jefferson Barn. The state of Jefferson is a proposed U.S. state that would span the contiguous, mostly rural area of southern Oregon and northern California, where several attempts to secede from Oregon and California, respectively, have taken place in order to gain statehood. Both areas feel under represented by their parent states.
There are several metal sculptures as you leave the area around Yreka and ascend into the Siskiyous which separate California and Oregon.Here is a cow and calf. The last time we passed by there was only the cow.And here is a dragon – pretty coolFinally, here we are dropping off Rose to have her air conditioned repaired. It had failed while we were in Angel Camp.
Our second excursion of this rally was a walking tour of Murphys, California. Murphys is a Gold country town near Angels Camp. Here is our group waiting for the guides from the local Historical Society.Across the street was this neat claw footed planter. Our group was so large that it had to be split into 2 groups.When our group formed around it’s leader, he mentioned that he was a bit “long winded”. One of our members commented “don’t worry we have plenty of time”. Wrong answer! That statement appeared to have given him permission to talk as much as he desired. Here he is telling us the history of the founding of Murphys. He went all the way back to the Potato Famine of Ireland, the settlement of California and then Gold Rush. This was to a group of Californians, I think we know our state’s history. We also learned that the first buildings built by the settlers were made of stone. Several years later a brick factory was built and brick building began being built.Around the turn of the 19th century, buildings began to be constructed of wood. This store is a good example. Mark had gotten a cold, so I got a ride with Claudette and George Paige. Here is Claudette and her pups, Puck and Leo. The dogs were restless and she escaped, taking them for a walk. We finally moved on to the next stop of the tour, Murphy’s Hotel, one of the oldest hotels still operating in California, opened in 1856. Here we are stopped near “Murphys Pokey” – a small jail. By this time, we were tired of standing and began looking for a places to sit. Still talking … with the side of Murphys Hotel in the background. Around this time Claudette rescued me. We did a little shopping, had lunch at Ironstone and then returned to the Fairground.
Our first Rally excursion was to Ironstone Winery located just outside of Murphys, California. The organizers of the Rally had organized a tour of the winery for us.The tour guide met us at the front of the winery.We saw an an area dedicated to the gold rush, filled with tools for extracting gold. Here is a water wheel and a tool used to crush rock that might contain gold.We were able to take our dogs with us on the tour. Here a Elaine and her pup, Ashley. Ashley had just been groomed and had cute little bows on.After visiting the gold mining area we visited the caves used to age the wine. The caves are man made and hold a constant temperature year round. The caves are also used for social events, dinner parties, wedding receptions and other events.Here is our guide in the caves with us. He is holding a portable speaker system he used to on our tour.Here is a waterfall at the end of the cave. They set up tables here for social engagements.After leaving the caves we walked around the ground, passing this charming pond. There are statues of coyotes scattered around the grounds to scare geese away. This one is very lifelike from a distance.We next visited the Amphitheater where they host concerts. They bring in major talent, Lady Antebellum and ZZ Top are playing at the winery this year.One of the most impressive things we saw was Ironstone’s Crown Jewel, the world’s largest piece of crystalline gold. It weighs in at 44 pounds troy. It was unearthed at the Sonora Mining Co. mine in Jamestown, California on December 24, 1992. After acquiring the gold-bearing rock, John Kautz, proprietor of Ironstone Vineyards, had the sample etched with acid and most of the rock removed by tweezers. This process took over a year.The winery had beautiful flowers all over the grounds. Here is purple iris so dark it looks black.We always start the evening with a Happy Hour where we enjoy drinks and tasty treats while the rally organizer goes over tomorrow’s plans.
Here is our route from Spark’s Marina RV Park to the RV park at the Angels Camp Fairgrounds. This was an incredibly beautiful trip, from the high valleys of Nevada, to crossing the sierras, to the rolling hills driving down highway 49 to Angels Camp. It was awesome. After we departed Reno we continued on highway 395 across the Washoe Valley toward Carson City.Carson City had these really cool overpass barriers, very old west. We continued in a southern direction, heading for highway 88 and Kit Carson Pass. If you look closely you can see a bird, a really big bird, in this tree.We pulled to the side of the road for a short rest stop, since smaller highways don’t have many rest stops. View from our trailer door.Another view from this stop, a beautiful, rural area with a farm and mountains in the distance.It was good that we stopped when we did, because soon after we started climbing into the Sierras. This is where the scenery began going off the scales, majestic mountain peaks, snow covered lakes and steep grades! I missed taking photos of Carson Pass because I was too busy looking outside the cab, but here is a photo right after the pass. We were heading down, but soon began climbing again. It is definitely still winter here, when we passed Calpers Lake it was snow covered.After the lake we began climbing again through a snow covered environment.At several turns were were on the edge of a sharp drop off as we climbed and then descended on our way over the Sierras.As we descended we found ourselves driving thru forests with less snow.When we arrived at CA 49 we turned South toward San Andreas. Highway 49 is numbered after the “49ers”, the waves of immigrants who swept into the area looking for gold and a portion of it is know as the Gold Country Highway.When we arrived at Angels Camp I saw this sign for “Prompt” Medical Care, I guess this falls between Emergency Care and just going to see your doctor. We soon arrived at the Calaveras County Fair & Jumping Frog Jubilee Fairgrounds and were greeted by multiple Airstreams.Later that afternoon we began the Rally with a Happy Hour.
We left this morning to meander our way to Angels Camp for the May Airstream Club Norcal Rally. We decided to take Hwys 89, 44, 34 and finally 398 to make our way to Standish, CA, our first stop on the way to Angels Camp. Here is our route. Leaving AshlandTwo things that let you know you have entered California – the Welcome Sign and thenthe Ag Inspection Station. We left our oranges and apples at home, only takings bananas with us.Here we are stopped at the Rest Stop in Weed with Mt. Shasta in the background.A closer view of Mt. Shasta and Black Butte.We were soon climbing through conifers on HWY 89.Spring had also come to the higher elevations with blooms on some of the trees. These trees looked yellow in person, now just look green. Still looking springlike!Here we are entering Lassen National Forest. We actually skirted Mt. Lassen, taking a less challenging route. Possibly Mt. Lassen in the distance.Mark and Ace, taking walkies at Bogard Rest Stop on HWY 44.I have never been to Susanville, and Mark has never been off of the airport. Now we both have driven thru on our way to Standish.As soon as we pulled into and parked at the Days End RV Park in Standish, Ace promptly laid down in the cool green grass and refused to move.We parked next to an Airstream trailer with a slide. Airstream made them for a few years in the 2000’s and then discontinued the option.Another Airstream! This one is an older unit, I looked in the window and it is filled with junk. Does not look like anyone is living in it. A possible restore project?A really cool building in downtown Standish. I think there are about 4 building in downtown Standish!To close, some pretty tulips.
We got up Monday morning, March 24, and prepared Rose for travel. Dave and Babs headed back up 101 to return to Healdsburg, while Mark and I headed east on hwy 46/41 to pick up 5 heading north. Here is our route home. We had not planned a stop for the night, so we went a bit farther until we found a park we were familiar with, the Rolling HIlls Casino RV Park.When we started out on 46 the terrain was hilly with wineries lining the road, as we continued east it became drier with less vegetation. We were soon at Hwy 5 headed north. We stopped at Harris Ranch for breakfast where we actually had meals without beef.Our route took us through Sacramento, where we ran into some traffic. For a change – some trees next to Hwy 5. Love those trees!We had stayed at the Rolling Hills Casino in Corning on an Airstream Caravan. It is a convenient place to stop, near the freeway with full hook-ups. When we stopped there earlier it was really hot, it the 90’s, this time was a lot more comfortable.When we got up the next morning it was beginning to rain and it continued when we got back on the road.It rained all the way thru Red Bluff, Redding, over the Trinity Alps and finally stopped when we got close to Mount Shasta. I was surprised at the number of RVs on the road. Lake Shasta was really low, even with the late rain.We stopped at the Rest Stop in Weed, with Mt. Shasta in the background. The rest stop is next to a small airport, when Mark was flying freight he used to land at this airport.We continued thru the Shasta valley, over the Siskiyous and dropped into the Rogue Valley where Ashland is located.We dropped Rose off at the RV storage yard in Phoenix and headed back to Ashland. I always know I am close to home when we pass the railroad trestle at the north entrance to Ashland.To close, tulips in a planter box in our front yard. Spring has come to Ashland.
Sunday morning Mark and I drove to visit Cindy in her parent’s vacation home in Los Osos, a small community near Morro Bay. It was a very foggy morning when we left Paso Robles. I thought that the fog would be with us until it burned off later in the morning. But I was pleasantly surprised to be fog free several miles down the road.
After we toured the house we went with Cindy to a local restaurant for brunch.The restaurant has a dog friendly outdoor patio. Of course we chose to eat outdoors so Ace could be with us. Here are Cindy, Ace and myself. Mark and Cindy in the patio.
The restaurant shares the location with a very nice nursery. After we ate, we walked across the parking lot to wander around the nursery looking at the plants.Trumpet Vine, a vibrant red-pink, climbing a fence.In addition the the plants, there were also several fountains. I would love to have this one for our yard or patio. There was an entire area dedicated to succulents.
Mark and Ace returned to Paso Robles after visiting the nursery.
Cindy and I visited an orchid nursery before going to Morro Bay.
Entering Morro Bay with Morro Rock in the distance.
We visited a bead shop in Morro Bay that specialized in beads made from dichroic glass. Sorry no pictures – we were too busy buying beads.We then headed north on CA 1. We stopped at the small town of Harmony, where we visited a stained glass shop. Here is a wall hanging from there.Our next stop was the elephant seals near San Simeon. Mark and I have stopped here before, but the majesty of these huge beasts never fails to impress.
After viewing the Elephant Seals we went to Cambria for lunch at Linn’s. If you are ever in Cambria and looking for a place to eat, I highly recommend Linn’s – great food.
We then returned to Paso Robles.
The guys and girls split up, with the Dave and Mark going to Estrella Warbirds Museum and the Woodland Display while Cindy, Babs and I went to the Plaza in Paso Robles for lunch and sightseeing.
Not many picture today, I guess we were having too much fun. Mark did take a picture of this Classic car, a REO Speedmaster.When we returned to the RV Park, we relaxed in the area between the rigs. Here are Dave, Mark and Ace.And here are Cindy, Babs, Mark and Ace. Note how Ace manages to get in all the photos. That’s all for today – more tomorrow.