Saturday, April 29, 2017

Newport, Oregon and meeting up with friends.

Whaler's Rest Thousand Trails
April 8th - 11th

A short drive up the road to Newport, Oregon and Whaler's Rest RV Resort. We love Thousand Trails!! We could not travel as much as we do without the membership. Some parks are fantastic and some are less than fantastic but for US$550 a year we cannot complain when we get 30 free nights a year and rest are $3 a night. Whaler's Rest is one of the better resorts, and it is just a walk across the road to get the beach. 

The drive was lot more interesting because the rain held off for a few hours.  We have to come back to Oregon. It is so beautiful along the coast. We also find Oregon a lot more relaxed than California. The beaches are wonderful and dog friendly!! Timmy likes that.

We found a good spot where we could get satellite and also we were able to pick up the wifi from the Adult Centre.

A trip to the beach and Seal Rock was on the agenda. 

While we were at Whaler's Rest we met up with friends, Jennifer and Kate. We met them last winter in Florida and vowed that if we were ever in Oregon we would look them up. We had a walk around the town for a while and took a look at some big seals in the harbor. Then we had a late lunch. It always so nice to re-connect with people we meet on the road.

Dee, Kate, Jennifer and Michael
Sea Lions jockeying for position on a floating dock.
Noisy and stinky!

Here are a few more photos that we took while we were at Whaler's Rest.

On our way to Newport, the sun was shining, so we stopped at Heceta Lighthouse again.

Looking toward Manzanita.

Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach

Jockey's Cap Rock

We took so many photos but it is impossible to show them all. Oregon has an astoundingly beautiful coast line. Can't wait to go back.

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Mountains, Beaches, Rocks, Rain and a Big Wind

Florence, OR
April 3-8 2017

We left Redding early and decided to drive right through to our next stop at South Jetty Thousand Trails Park. 

On the way we came across a wetland and an elk herd on the side of the road. We stopped to take a few photos.

We arrived at the resort looked around for a spot where we would be able to pick up the satellite signal and found one near the front gate. No free internet signal though. A lot of the sites were very muddy because of all the rain the west coast has received. Our site had a gravel base so we were high and dry. 

The elk herd


Getting into our site at South Jetty Thousand Trails Park
Our view from the dinette

Pool was open but not heated. Brrr.

Family Centre with good free wifi

Family Centre

We took Timmy down to the beach in-between showers. He just loves running on the sand.
 Our second day here we took a drive up the coast to the Heceta Head Lighthouse. We also saw the Cape Creek Bridge.
Iconic Oregon view

The bridge carrying 101 past Heceta Lighthouse
Sea Lions on the rocks below the view site

This coast is so spectacular. Pity it was raining most of the time.

The lighthouse and the keepers house in the distance

The bridge over the Siuslaw River in Florence
 On our last night at South Jetty we had a severe wind storm and at about 4.30 am we heard an almighty crash. Did not know until the morning what had happened. This motorhome was right over the road from us.

The wind was still at gale force the next day so we were allowed to stay at South Jetty for an extra day. Very thankful to the staff.

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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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