Category Archives: March 2014

March 24 – 25 Heading Home

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. HomeHere 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.46-intovalleyWhen we started out on 46 the terrain was hilly with wineries lining the road, as we continued east it became drier with less vegetation. HarrisRanchWe were soon at Hwy 5 headed north. We stopped at Harris Ranch for breakfast where we actually had meals without beef.SacTrafficOur route took us through Sacramento, where we ran into some traffic. TreesFor a change – some trees next to Hwy 5. Love those trees!RollingHillsRVWe 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.RainBeginningWhen we got up the next morning it was beginning to rain and it continued when we got back on the road.RVsMountainRainIt 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.ShastaLake Lake Shasta was really low, even with the late rain.MtShastaRestStopWe 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.RogueValleyWe continued thru the Shasta valley, over the Siskiyous and dropped into the Rogue Valley where Ashland is located.RailroadOverpassWe 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.TulipsTo close, tulips in a planter box in our front yard. Spring has come to Ashland.

March 23, 2014 – Los Osos and points north

FogSunday 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. Out ot the fogBut 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. Brunch - Dixie and CindyHere are Cindy, Ace and myself.Brunch - Mark and Cindy 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 VinesTrumpet Vine, a vibrant red-pink, climbing a fence.fountainIn addition the the plants, there were also several fountains. I would love to have this one for our yard or patio.succulents There was an entire area dedicated to succulents.

Mark and Ace returned to Paso Robles after visiting the nursery.

OrchidsCindy and I visited an orchid nursery before going to Morro Bay.

Morro BayEntering 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.HangingWe 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.Elephant seals2Elephant sealsOur 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.

 

March 22, 2014 – 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.

REO SpeedwagonNot many picture today, I guess we were having too much fun.   Mark did take a picture of this Classic car, a REO Speedmaster.Ace and FriendsWhen we returned to the RV Park, we relaxed in the area between the rigs. Here are Dave, Mark and Ace.Wine Country RV ResortAnd here are Cindy, Babs, Mark and Ace. Note how Ace manages to get in all the photos. That’s all for today – more tomorrow.

March 21, 2014 – To Paso Robles

Cloverdale to PasoThis is the route we took from Cloverdale to the Wine Country RV Resort in Paso Robles. To avoid towing our trailers through San Francisco we crossed the Richmond San Rafael Bridge and drove down the east side of the bay to pick up 101 in San Jose.MirrorWe left Cloverdale and met Dave and Babs in Healdsburg and traveled south with them.IMG_6924 We stopped at a service station south of  Petaluma for a short rest stop.Pulling outHere we are getting back onto 101 heading toward San Rafael as seen through our dirty windshield.  Richmond San Rafael BridgeHere we are crossing the Richmond San Rafael Bridge on our way to Hwy 80.FremontWe passed through Fremont, our old home town, on our way to get back onto 101.pupAce was his usual mellow self, the perfect traveling pup.ReflectionAn interesting photo, showing the Airstream reflected in the rear window of the Cougar.AirstreamAn Airstream we encountered on our trip south.ParkedHere we are parked at the Wine Country RV Resort. We had “Premium spots, they were side by side but we pulled in going in opposite directions so our doors faced each other with a grass area between us.

March 20 – Healdsburg/Cloverdale

ViewStarted the day by taking Ace for a walk to the upper level of the RV Park.  Mark talked to the manager of the park and Mark was told that someone had to essentially die to get a spot of this level. Here is the view from the top of the hill, beautiful.View from top of hillHere is another photo, showing the incredible view.TreeWalking down the hill, I saw this lovely tree. I have always had something about trees. Trees and barns, love them.SunningLater that morning, Mark was sunning himself next to our rig. Note the small white dog at the bottom right.FountainThis lovely fountain near the pool.VinesWe then drove the back roads to Healdsburg for lunch with our friend Babs. During the drive we passed many vineyards and Wineries. The vines were just beginning to sprout new leaves.horseWe walked to downtown Healdsburg and had lunch is a great local restaurant. On the way back to the house we passed this fabulous sculpture. Babs told us there are sculptures  scattered all around Healdsburg.Mark and AceWe then drove back to the RV park. Here are Mark and Ace relaxing, mostly Ace.FarmDave and Babs drove over to the RV park for a barbeque. We walked up the hill to show them the view. Here is a photo of a farm from the crest. We had a early evening since we were leaving for Paso Robles the next morning.

March 19, 2014 – Cloverdale/Healdsburg

31914 mapThe route from Eureka to Cloverdale. Although our friends, the Walkups, live in Healdsburg we decided to stay at the we decided to stay at the Dutcher Creek RV Park And Campground in Cloverdale. LostCoast We passed the Lost Coast Brewery on the way out of Eureka.OutofEurekaHere we are on 101 heading south after leaving Eureka …  beautiful.Barn A weathered barn on the side of the road. TasteHumboldtAgain not many roadside rest stops – we found a Humboldt Winery with a large parking lot. Too early in the morning for wine tasting … bummer.CARedwoodsReal California RedwoodsWillitsGoing south through Willits, the heart of Mendocino County. At least the sign says so.RealRestStopFurther south on 101 we actually found a real state rest stop. Here is Mark posing with our rig.NearCloverdaleAs we got near Cloverdale the terrain changed again.ViewThe park where we were staying in Cloverdale was at the top of a rather steep driveway. But, the views from our site were outstanding.HouseOur friends live in a charming 1920’s Craftsman. 5thWheelThey have a large back yard;  big enough to park their 5th wheel in. AceDinetteThe Cougar has a good sized slide that holds a sofa and a dinette. Ace enjoyed setting in the dinette and looking out – watching for squirrels I’m sure.TreeTo close this post, a blooming tree from the California rest stop.

 

March 18, 2014

31814mapRoute of March 18, 2014.Hwy 5 northHeading north on HWY 5. Once we passed Central Point the terrain because very scenic.Grants PassIn Grants Pass we turned onto HWY 199 to go to the coast. Rest stopThere were not many Rest Stops on 199, so we pulled into a shopping center parking lot for some R&R Traveling pupAce had been traveling via Ramblin’ Rose since he was 7 weeks old. He is the perfect RV dog. His latest trick is to climb from the back seat to get a front seat lap, my lap :-) Oregon Redwoods RedwoodsOn our way to the coast we passed through some Oregon Redwood forests. They do not appear to be different from California redwoods.Rig at coast Once we on HWY 101 we were soon driving on the coast. We pulled over for a break.coastWhen we were stopped, I got out and took this photo. Shoreline RV ParkWe stayed at a new RV park in Eureka, the Shoreline RV Park.Ace  It had plush green grass which Ace really enjoyed.computerTo close, Ace assisting Mark on the computer.

1st trip of 2014 – Overview

Our first trip of 2014

Map of tripOur first destination was Healdsburg, CA, where we visited our longtime friends, Dave and Babs Walkup. We have known them since the early 1980s, when we lived across the street from each other in San Rafael.

They have recently acquired a 5th wheel and we traveled to the Wine Country RV Resort in Paso Robles, CA with them.  This was their first RV trip in their new rig.

After 3 nights in Paso Robles, Mark and I headed home via HWYs 46, 41 and 5. We took two days, spending the night at Rolling Hills Casino RV Park in Corning, CA.