Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Southern Oregon

We currently find ourselves in Boise, ID at Hi Valley RV Park.  It was a beautiful drive over although kind of hot.  The last few months I've noticed that my dash air had not been as cool as it used to be.  Running around in 60 - 70 degree temps for 2 hours at the most it is not a problem.  Today running for 5 hours in 80 + temps it was warm to say the least.  To top that my front AC is giving me problems popping the inside breakers.  We're here for a week so I guess I'll have to see about those problems.

To continue on with the migration, we travelled to Smith River, CA a small little town   We stayed at a park right at the mouth of the Smith River. 
We drove up and down the coast and pretty it was.  Lots of pictures, but we knew there were many more sites to see.

We went on up to the Cape Blanco RV Park in Port Orford, OR.  Nice small park, but they made every effort to accommodate our size rig.  There were about 5-6 sites that would do but mostly made up semi permanents.  We did the normal sites again on the water.
Cape Blanco Lighthouse  We were there on a clear day, but when we went back it was foggy.
We drove up to Bandon, OR and found it to be a quaint little town that if we go back we may elect to stay there.  Coquille Point is just below town and has nice views for several miles down the coast.
We traveled 100 to 150 miles at a time and then go up and down the coast to see all the sights.  We were amazed at the beauty everywhere.  Cool days clear (when the fog would burn off) and sights to see.  It doesn't get much better.  We couldn't wait to get up the coast, but we didn't really want to pass anything up.  We would just watch the tourist come in and leave the next day or two.  We were real happy that we no longer had to travel that way.

The next post will be of Winchester Bay which I believe is our favorite place.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Northly Migration

We have finished our migration north almost feeling like the whales that move up and down the coast. 

After leaving the National Parks we headed to Travis AFB, just out of San Francisco.  It was amazing the temperature change from the coast to just 30 miles inland.  On the day we went into the city, it was 58 on the north side of the Golden Gate and 102 in Fairfield just about 30 miles as the crow flies.
Well hallelujah we have pictures back.
While in SF we did all the usual sites; Coit Tower - closed and we could only look up.  Expected Clint Eastwood to be around. :), Fisherman's Wharf - Lots of people and not many places to park but a nice place to have lunch.; Drive through town - not many yards in any of the areas we went by.  All the houses share walls in almost all areas of town.  Went by several city parks and all were full of people doing all kinds of things, they just have no where else to go (no yards).  We did go to Lombard Street which is the most crooked street in America to see the mass confusion going on there.  We walked there from the Fisherman's Wharf area and wow, those are some good hills. (I looked for Steve McQueen (Bullet) to come whizzing by)  We also drove down Lombard Street just to say we were there. :)

After SF we headed up the long awaited Highway 101 for the start of our northerly migration.
The first stop was Fortuna, CA.  It was a nice park just off the highway.  We road up to several sights in the area.  The first was a ride to the beach at Samoa where we found a tourist in his "dune buggy".  He needed assistance in the worst way.  Luckily I had my strap to pull him out of the sand.
We then rode up the coast to Prairie Creek Redwood State Park.  There was a nice 7 or 8 mile road through the Big Redwoods.
A funny story was when we were driving back down the road and saw a sign with an arrow that said "Big Tree".  We stopped and there were some big trees in the direction of the arrow.  There was also a little footpath leading through the ferns (which were chest high).  I traipsed off looking for the big tree.  There were several all around and I couldn't consider one any bigger than the other so I took pictures of all of them.

We got back in the truck and drove about 75 yards and there was the parking lot for the "Big Tree".  The joke was on me. :)

It was a beautiful area, but there was more to see. :)