We're heading north!
After returning to our home park, Marina Dunes RV Park, for a week or so to visit our daughters, we took off for Klamath, California with our ultimate goal of hanging out in the redwoods for a while. We've been invited to come up to Kamp Klamath to enjoy the big annual salmon BBQ where the salmon are pulled right from the Klamath River that day. They tell us each fish can feed about 50 people or so. Now, I grew up in Paul Bunyan territory, so I think I will just have to check this out for myself!
Our first stop is Coyote Valley RV Resort. It was only about a 40 mile journey to Morgan Hill and perfect to tuck into with a storm on the way. This facility truly has the resort feel. Beautiful large cement pads, full hook-ups, manicured flowers and plants between each site, lots of pristine green grass, swimming pool, hot tub, luxurious clubhouse with fireplace and leather couches and a well stocked store. We were escorted to our site by Jim, the gentleman in charge of the gardening, also helped us up back in so we would get the most living space. Only four years old, the resort backs up to the Coyote Valley golf course and miles of bike and hiking paths. Easy access to San Jose and all it's museums and nightlife, but yet you are in the country. Little things mean a lot and besides being a friendly place, their tiled bathrooms were laid out like a country club locker room and their laundry room was off the pool area. Nothing like letting one get a little tan while washing clothes! Check them out here: http://www.coyotevalleyresort.com/home.html
Next stop was Santa Rosa at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. It's a flat pebble parking lot, but quiet, clean, full hook-ups, tidy restrooms and a washer and dryer. It was a great place to ride out a storm. The wi-fi was good, but kept cutting out on us and I ended up just using my tethered droid for internet. For about $22 a night, you can't beat it. Members of Happy Campers and Passport America get additional discounts. We left just as the "Harmony Festival" was gearing up. "Oh, a music festival" I thought. But no... Remember, we're in Sonoma, home of brown rice and earth mothers. Lots of painted Partridge Family style buses pulling VW buses were gathering, booths with tie dyed clothing and macrame wall hangings were being erected and we were warned to not be surprised by any casual nudity. Old hippies...you gotta love 'em.
From there we took off north on 101 and headed about 157 miles north and stopped at the Benbow Valley RV Resort and golf course.
Check here: http://www.benbowinn.com/rv.htm
The trip up highway 101 was amazingly beautiful and we stopped several times along the way. 101 is double lane most of the way with some of the smoothest roads I've ever seen. It is single lane in parts but never for too long. We passed through a number of small towns going up the mountains. The road is curvey but each one reveals a sight even more beautiful than the last. Once you pass Willits, which bills itself as the "Gateway To the Redwoods," you enter a different world. At times, the redwoods are so tall, so big and so close to the road, they block out the sun. As you head up further in the mountains, you can see beautiful rivers in the gorges below. I advise you to stop often to take photos...it's just breathtaking. Also in Willits is Ridgewood Ranch. This ranch was the final home of the legendary racehorse Seabiscuit, and you can visit.
There are a number of tourist attractions along the way. The Redwood Tree House, The Drive Thru Tree, The One Log House, The Grandfather Tree and "Confusion Hill". When you step into their Gravity House, your body will seem to defy the laws of nature. One appears to be walking, sitting and even hanging diagonally.
Today we head 78 miles north to Arcata, California where we will spend a day or two at
Mad River Rapids RV Park. More on that as our adventure unfolds! Right now, we gotta hit the road!