Well I’m Glad We Got That Sorted Out!

Holly, our GPS, and I had a pretty big disagreement yesterday morning and it took a lot of negotiating but we finally came to a resolution. Holly wanted to take us out to I-5 and through the Los Angeles area on our way to Palm Desert, I, for what I think are pretty obvious reasons … TRAFFIC … didn’t want anything to do with that plan! I thought we should take Highway 43 down to Bakersfield, I-58 to Victorville, and then make our way into Palm Desert. So in order to try and convince her I started adding small towns along Highway 43 as waypoints thinking she would get the hint, but she was stubborn and wasn’t having anything to do with that. So hubby drove along and ignored her while I gave him directions from our map book. It took about half an hour before she finally gave up on I-5 and LA but then she was pretty focused on I-99. Hubby doesn’t like I-99 because it’s concrete and very rough and we have used Highway 43 before and knew it was a nice smooth two lane highway … much more relaxing. That ensued another half hour of ignoring her until we finally got close to Bakersfield and she finally gave in, although I had to make a small concession and take a different turn into Victorville, but I felt I could concede on that point. After an hour of bickering and ignoring her, Holly and I both calmed down and we got along for the rest of the day. Just goes to prove you still need to travel with paper maps and double check your GPS routes.

Highway 43, isn’t it a nice road? And hardly any traffic!

And I-58 … why would we want to drive through LA traffic? The traffic once we joined I-10 in Morena Valley was bad enough without adding LA to the mix!

And that was pretty much our day. With a few stops for road construction we had seven hours of driving, which is more than double what we usually do, so by the time we checked into the RV Park in Desert Hot Springs we were ready to have dinner, go up to the hot tub, and then headed off to bed.

Until next time …

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A Ho Hum Day

I really have no pictures or any interesting news to share of our day yesterday. It was a four hour drive mostly on I-5, so pretty boring. We spent the night in the parking lot at Tachi Palace Casino in Lemoore, California. No trick or treaters at our door but there were some interesting costumes in the casino.

I did take this picture of a palm which I thought looked like it had just been dropped there … okay I was desperate for at least one picture to share with you 🙂

Today we are off to Desert Hot Springs to visit with family and do a little sight seeing.

Until next time …

A Day In Napa, California

We didn’t have much on the agenda today so we thought we would visit Napa again. We had been here four years ago in October 2014 shortly after the earthquake damage in August of the same year.   I thought it would be interesting to see the progress on fixing the damage.  My original blog about the earthquake damage can be found by clicking on this link.

I think this building had the most dramatic change!

There are now a lot of extra floors on this building!

It was nice to see the damage to this building was repaired.

I wanted to see how the damage to the post office building was progressing and I had some postcards to mail to our grandchildren so that was our next stop on the picture tour.

The Post Office Building two months after the earthquake in 2014

The Post Office Building today. A local told us that this will be a boutique hotel and no longer the Post Office.

When I mailed the postcards, at what is now the post office across the street,  I noticed a bar/pool hall that had 90 beers on tap. So I jokingly said to hubby, whom I thought wasn’t enjoying my walking tour of Napa, that we could stop for a beer. Yup day two and WRONG again, I thought he would totally foo foo the idea 🙂  Nope he was all into it! They had so many good beers on tap that I had a hard time getting him out of there, but we added a few more tasty beers to our list of favourites.

Honestly that little respite worked for me because during that time I was getting texts from our daughter who was spending her day in emergency with one of our grandsons and I was feeling very guilty because I wasn’t there to support her.  I think all mothers can relate to this, it doesn’t matter how old your children are as a mother you hurt when they hurt. The whole time all that was going through my mind was how I should be there to help her, and to hug my grandson 😦

I was ready to be on the next plane home but honestly I had to give my head a shake, our grandson has a mother who is so capable of looking after him and she probably doesn’t need her mother looking after her. Or that’s what I told myself to get through it.

A great view for beer tasting!

By the end of the day our grandson had been sent home and while I still hurt for his pain I know our daughter is a great mother and doing everything she can for him … and that is what I have to focus on!

Until next time …

A Day In San Francisco

Last time we were in this area, four years ago, we took our bikes on the ferry from Sausalito to Fisherman’s Warf and then rode over the Golden Gate Bridge back to Sausalito; you can read about that trip here. It was a trip of a lifetime and the memories will stick with us always, but this time we thought we would spend some time at Fisherman’s Wharf. We have done Lombard Street, Alcatraz, Coit Tower, Golden Gate Park, and the Cable Cars on previous trips, this time we were more interested in San Francisco from the water and hubby wanted a really good seafood lunch.

After some research hubby decided we should take the ferry from Vallejo, California, a half hour drive from our RV Park, to the Ferry Terminal in downtown San Francisco. The cost was $58.40 return for the two of us but we felt it was totally worth it.

When we arrived in Vallejo we had a hard time finding parking as all the ferry terminal lots were full, we finally found a spot at the boat launch parking lot. It turned out parking for the day was only $5.00 in this lot, $2.00 cheaper than all the others and it was only a short walk to the ferry. By the time we found parking it was 9:45 and the ferry left at 10:00 so when someone in line told us we could buy tickets onboard, rather than going a little further to the ferry terminal, we jumped in line to board. Yup that was bad advice!  We had to run back to the terminal to buy our tickets and the ferry was leaving in nine minutes, but we made it so all was good. For the ferry and parking it cost $63.40 and I’m sure it would have cost us more than that for fuel, tolls, and parking if we had driven into San Francisco. Plus this was more fun, less stress, and we had great views.

Leaving Vallejo harbour

The ferry turned on the power once it was out of the Vallejo harbour!

This house is all alone on an island in the middle of the bay. A long boat ride if you run out of milk!

 

An hour after we left Vallejo we arrived at the Ferry Terminal in downtown San Francisco.

First view of the Golden Gate Bridge.

  We quickly found the Cable Car station and boarded for what we thought would be our trip over to Fisherman’s Wharf. The last time we were in San Francisco we were able to get on and off the cars but this time it was $7.00 for the two of us one way, no on and off.

It always amazes me that the cable cars can go up and down these hills!

And wrong again! It turns out the Cable Car we got on only went up the road and back so, with some advice from the conductor, we left the Cable Car at the end of it’s route and headed out on foot. This actually turned out to be okay, it was only a couple of miles and we walk through some nice residential areas.

The weather was absolutely perfect, warm and sunny and we had a great time wandering around Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39.

 

I thought this octopus was cute 🙂

Can you believe I waited this long to include a Seagull picture? I really had to hold myself back coming down the Oregon coast!

When we were in San Francisco the first time the seals were all over the wharf’s, now they are confined to a section that is left floating off the end of Pier 39.

Hubby got his seafood lunch, I had chicken, we wandered some more and then it was time to catch the ferry back to Vallejo. We chose to catch the 3:10 p.m. ferry because it left from Pier 39 before sailing over to the Ferry Terminal downtown and then onto Vallejo.

Alcatraz

We had a great day and highly recommend using the ferry!

Until next time …

Napa, California

We had a beautiful drive from the Redwoods to Napa, California on Saturday. We did get some thick fog first thing but it burned off by noon and the temperatures kept getting warmer.

The temperature was 80F, 27C, when we arrived in Napa and we were both quick to change into shorts and t-shirts, and it looks like this weather will hold out for our time here.

We are set up at Skyline Wilderness Campground right in Napa. We have stayed here before and are very pleased with it and especially the price, $30.00 a night with our Good Sam discount for electric and water. It takes a little over an hour to drive right down to Fisherman’s Warf from the campsite so it is the perfect location and we can avoid spending a fortune for an RV Park right in San Francisco.

Our view as we sit outside 🙂

Our first few days were spent doing chores and errands but now that the weekend tourists have gone home we are heading into San Francisco today.

Until next time …

A Walk Through The Redwoods

The second walk we wanted to do was at the Big Trees Day Use Area. To get to the trail you have to follow Mattole Road which is very narrow and winds through large redwoods … the key thing to get from this … don’t bring your RV with you!

Walking into the forest it really stuned me, it smells like Christmas and is so very silent. I wanted to say something but all that came out was a faint sound of awe and I spoke in a whisper to hubby not wanting to disturb the silence.

As you stand in the forest you are amongst the tallest living trees. You gaze up hundreds of feet to their towering canopy and spread your arms around a fraction of the ninety plus circumference. It is just awe inspiring!

Every step we took was cushioned with a springy softness from the tree needles. Nurse logs shelter tiny insects and animals and eventually turns into dark, rich, living soil with ferns and new life bursting from their trunks.

I could stop looking up in awe at the size and beauty of these trees.

We just kept walking and enjoying the sites, the smell, and the peacefulness.

With a final look up we said our silent goodbyes to this amazing part of nature and headed back to Maxx.

We would have loved to walk even further but it just felt like it was time to leave and enjoy the memories we had of this day.

Until next time …

Founders Grove, Avenue of the Giants, California

I have written about travelling Avenue of the Giants with an RV four years ago so check out this blog if you want more information. We chose to spend two nights at the Ancient Redwoods RV Park near the start of the route so that we could stop along the way and take some of the hikes, which we were not able to do last time when we had Maxx in tow.

Our first stop was Founders Grove, which honestly isn’t a hike but more of a stroll. The trail is a half mile through well maintained paths, in total about a twenty minute walk with no elevation changes.

As you enter the forests you are greeted by the Founders Tree which is 346.1 feet tall, 12.7 feet in diameter, 40 foot circumference, and 190.4 feet to it’s lowest limb!

It’s a long way to the top of the tree!

Walking through the forest you can’t help but feel small and insignificant but in the best way possible. These majestic, massive trees tower over the forest. Redwoods are so immense that they live in three climatic zones at once. The base of each tree is one set of climatic conditions, the stem in another, and the crown in yet another.

Redwoods need a great deal of moisture to survive and the sixty-five inches of rain per year, along with the fog this area receives, help to provide this moisture. A very large Redwood can release up to five hundred gallons of water back into the air each day.

As the Redwoods age some can no longer withstand winds and rain and they topple to the ground, making way for new growth to obtain sunlight and grow to great heights.

This tree is known as the Dyerville Giant

The Dyervill Giant stood in this forest for as long as 1,600 years and was taller, larger, and older than any other tree around it. Before it fell it was at least 362 feet tall … that is two hundred feet taller than Niagara Falls or comparable to a thirty story building! It is 17 feet in diameter, 52 feet in circumference, and most likely was over a million pounds.

When this giant fell on March 24, 1991 a park neighbour, who lives a mile away, heard the noise and thought a train had crashed.

Our twenty minute walk took us over an hour as we enjoyed the immense beauty and incredible silence with these immense Redwoods.

The burls on this tree were pretty cool.

As we continued on down Avenue of the Giants we followed along the Eel River, which added its own special beauty to the route.

Until next time …