Tuesday, April 18, 2017

A fantastic overnight stop

Redding, California
April 2nd, 2017

After our Day In San Francisco we chose a Boondockers Welcome overnight stop. We love Boondockers Welcome. It is a subscription service that lists private property all over the US and Canada where subscribers can stay overnight in a quiet safe area. We have been members ever since it's beginning days and have stayed in several properties. 

This place was the home of Paula and Steve where we stayed on their "second" driveway with access to water and power. They no longer have an RV but have maintained their listing on the website. It was in a quiet residential neighbourhood. Our hosts were so welcoming and gracious and Michael and Steve spent quite a time discussing motorbikes and motorhomes. Nice people. RVers are the nicest people.

Our hosts house on the left

We are parked on their RV driveway
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A Drive through San Francisco.

San Francisco
April 1st, 2017

I found a driving tour on the Internet called 1 Perfect Day in San Francisco and so I downloaded the tour to Google maps and transferred it to my phone. 

We set off early in the morning and started the tour with a drive up Marin Headlands. The day was very sunny but there was a haze or light fog over the water. We took a LOT of photos. It is such a thrill to see The Golden Gate Bridge. We then followed the route into the city. I wonder how much it has cost us to drive over the bridge. The bill will be sent to our home address. 

We only had time to do about 3/4 of the tour but we saw most of the famous places.Here are some photos and the description of where they were taken. We didn't get to see everything so another excuse to come back!

Golden Gate Bridge from Marin Headlands

Timmy visits the Golden Gate Bridge

Crossing the bridge
 There were so many of these lovely colourful homes in the hills around SF

Views from Christmas Tree Point at Twin Peaks

The Castro District.

Haight Ashbury District. Reminds me a bit of Queen West in Toronto

The "Painted Ladies". Saturday picnicers relaxing in Alamo park across the street

Such a thrill to drive across the Golden Gate Bridge

The city

Panorama from Marin Headlands

Panorama from Christmas Tree Point
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Sunday, April 09, 2017

Wining again...NOT!

Tradewinds RV Resort. Vallejo, CA
March 31st, 2017

While in the San Francisco area we stayed 3 nights at Tradewinds RV Resort which is in Vallejo. A couple at Wilderness Lakes had given us the name of the place. While it was in a poorer part of the area it was very satisfactory for a few nights. A little pricey for someone who doesn't like to pay more than $10 night but at $36 a night and the fact that we were close to San Francisco, it was OK.

The office/washroom/laundry building

The sites were very narrow and there were only a few transient sites.
The weather looked great for our two days there and we decided to go to Napa Valley first, for a drive through.

Early start because the drive is very busy and we were off. First stop was at the Visitor Centre in Yountville and then we went north along Rte 29 stopping off at wineries along the way. We did not partake in any wine tasting because it is SOOOO expensive. Even in the best wine areas of France, tasting is free. For about $50 each you get to taste 5 wines and that is the cheap price. However, it is a beautiful area and we took a bunch of photos.

Robert Mondavi Winery

Statue in front of Robert Mondavi Winery

Robert Mondavi Winery

Robert Mondavi Winery

Robert Mondavi Winery

Robert Mondavi Winery

Robert Mondavi Winery

Antique grape press

We were told about the winery built as a castle. Some people have just too much money!!

Castello Di Amoroso

Chapel by the side of the road.
 After the castle we crossed over to East and took Silverado Trail back south to the campground.

On the way back I spotted a winery built in the style of the Cape Dutch buildings of the Stellenbosch area in South Africa. We drove into Chimney Rock Winery (check this link for better photos than mine) and I went in to ask if it was owned by a South African. I was told that it was founded by a South African but he had been bought out.

Frieze of Ganymede above the cellar entrance.  Ganymede was the Greek cup bearer to the gods.

That was our day in Napa Valley. Wine, wine everywhere and not a drop did we drink!

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