Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Almost Home Sweet Home......

Came across this and couldn't resist taking a picture of it because it is so true!!!!

Although we sooooo needed this journey
 to stop
 smell the roses
 so to speak
 recoup from our crazy busy life....

We realize
 there is no place like home...

Although we made so many memories
 made new friends
 visited with old friends....
 our home at Wilderness Lakes, Menifee....

I don't know if I'm ready for the heat.....
 I'm ready to get to work
 perhaps now we can focus on the more important things .....

Until our next journey....

July 17th.....The Good, Bad and The Ugly... Russian River to Oakland to Solvang to Santa Barbara.....

So not all goes smoothly on each trip....
 Kim and I also had our bad days.....

We had to get tires for our rig....
(we bought them in Oregon, cheaper and no taxes)
Looked at the bright side....
did not have a blow out with the old tires!

Staying at South Jetty, Florence Oregon was very tight
 (which will explain the need to make a claim from backing into a tree stump and damaging the front bumper of the truck)
 had no sewer hookup...

Oh and there is Russian River....

Since we had a great time there on our way up to Oregon we decided to stay there on our way back down....


It was very hot there this time.

They were pretty full so we had to climb up a windy hill in which I jumped out of the truck because I was going to have a heart attack going up it!!!

They have no pools (you have to hike down to the river if you want to get wet....which I was not going to do in the heat)!

They had 30 amp that barely worked so we could not use our AC!

And to top it off....

A water main broke
 we had no water for the last full day and night!!!

Couldn't wait to get out of there!!!!

So after staying at the Russian River we decided to head back down and pass through Oakland
 we met Kamron
give him a huge hug
that would have last us until the next visit.

Kamron surprised his dad
 some tennis shoes. 
Kim just loved them and he had a smile
 on his face all day
 while he wore them.

Kim had me to snap a pic of this stadium for his friend Jose.

Just passing through Pismo Beach.....

weather was great but had to move on to Buelton!!

So we settled in to our RV Resort in Buelton near Solvang....

Glad to be here to relax for a few days....

We stayed at the Flying Flags RV Resort
where they have
 paved sites, clean facilities,
50 amps, three pools, cafe, store, cabins, safari huts, vintage trailer site rentals and much more.

Nice place!!!

After recouping for a day from our traumatic journey from hwy 101 and the Russian River
we had to relax.

We drove in to Santa Barbara for the day because it has always been a favorite place to go.


We have to say....


It is NOT that thriving tourist riddled town with all the ritzy shops anymore!

In fact we were really disappointed to see that almost half of the shops were closed for business and the town looked very tired.

Also, there were so many homeless people in the area that we felt like we were in downtown LA!

So we decided to make the best of it
 walked the farmers market that was being held
 right down the middle of State Street.

So since we didn't get to stroll down the boulevard of State Street like in past times....

We decided to go to our favorite spot
The Brewhouse
 Santa Barbara
where we always stop to get their
Raspberry Chocolate Chipotle Cheesecake

But Of Course.....


So much for Santa Barbara!!!!

The only highlight of the day was this beautiful tree
that I had to take a picture of on our way out of town!!!

July 14th.......Homeward Bound......An Adventure down Hwy 101!!!!!

You can not come to Oregon and avoid passing one 
of the many log trucks!!!

Had to snap a picture of a log grave yard on our way out of Oregon.....

Ok, I'm not going to deny that the Oregon coast is absolutely
gorgeous HOWEVER,

I have to be honest.....


Driving the 101 Hwy from Florence to San Francisco

Kim and I would NOT ever do it again
in our RV!!!!


Do Not Be Fooled By These Beautiful Pics!!!!....

Yeah, we thought it would be like this all the way....

but we were fooled!!!!

I'm sure in a car it is a lot more enjoyable
however in an RV
it is hairy!!!

 Narrow Roads
 the road or cliff collapsed and washed out to sea.....
so the road had to go to a one way road.....

(I did a lot of praying....)

And then endless forest and mountain roads
  6% and 7% down grades!!!!


5 Fwy next time all the way!!!!!

I think Kim is over his phobia of bridges now....

So many bicyclist along the way....

July 10th thru 13th....Back to Florence, Oregon......

We went back to Florence, Oregon
on our way back home
 to California
for two reasons.....

One, because our friends Larry and Kris
called and said that they had a smoker that a neighbor
was giving away....
And since we arrived in Oregon
Kim has been coveting everyone's 
Everywhere we go here they are smoking their meat!!!

Kim was determined that he was going to get one as soon as we got home
but then Larry called....
And what better excuse was there to return 
to beautiful Florence, Oregon!!!

We couldn't have arrived in better time because
Kris had a few days off from work
and this enabled us to do
some more exploring with them!

They took us down the coast to Coos bay.....

The coast in Oregon is absolutely beautiful!!!

If you look real hard, in the near center of this picture
I noticed that someone actually hiked down this cliff
and created a stone stack....look just above to the right of the big rock (center of the pic at the base of the water)

Yes, I am horrible at taking selfies but couldn't
resist taking a pic of the view behind us!!!!

Didn't know that the camera took this shot......

Great time with Kris and Larry Arbiso...
beautiful scenery and great company!!!!

Me and my Kimmy.....

We also visited some beautiful botanical gardens
while we visited the coastal area
on our way to Coos Bay.

We left the botanical gardens
 headed to Coos Bay

 Kris and Larry
 took us to their favorite Italian Restaurant.... 

Couldn't resist taking a pic of this awesome fountain wall
in the restaurant.

I want this!!!!

Time to save wine bottles!!!1

Had to take a picture of one of the many Tsunami warning signs that
are all over the Oregon coast.....
Kim's phobia!!!! Oh, yeah that and bridges!!!

One of the places we stayed while in Florence
was South Jetty, a Thousand Trails campground.
This was our view from our fifth-wheel....
Very woodsy, but tight sights and no sewer hook-ups.

I am spoiled now with full-hookups!!!