Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Alaska Trip Day 5 and 6 Cape Blanco State Park Oregon

What a beautiful state park.  $22 a night, first come, first served with water and electric.  The restrooms are located in the center, so you don't have to worry about camping next to them.  Almost all of them have trees that give you a lot of privacy.  I read about this state park on a blog I follow called Wheeling It. So glad we decided to take the ~5 mile detour to check it out.

The sites were really nice and large and right behind our site was the trail to the beach and to the lighthouse.Oregon has about a bizillion lighthouses along the coast.

Off in the distance is a lighthouse.  Didn't want to hike out to it.  It was too windy and cold, sissy me.
Taking the dog to a vet tomorrow for a health certificate.  The "Milepost" says the certificate is good for 30 days, but the vet says only 10 days.  Kinda scared to see how much this is going to cost.  Then on to Neskowin, OR to visit one of my college buddies from Humboldt State!  Go Humboldt Hunnies.  So glad Birkenstocks have come back in style.  My 7th graders used to give me a hard time about wearing my Jesus shoes.  lol

Tonight we are staying at an RV park in Waldport called McKinnley, which is right on the water.  It is all set up for crabbing, which they say is really good at the moment, but it is crazy windy outside, so we are inside looking out.  Love my camper.

Take care,

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Klamath River Rv and Gold Bluffs Beach

Klamath River RV Park was recommended by the keeper of the Elks RV site in Woodbridge, so we went there.  It's an RV park in which we don't normally stay, but very clean and nice. Again we were a little fish in a big pond, but we met some really nice people here and in Woodbridge.  This park sits right on the river's edge and has a wonderful view.  The afternoon when we got there, it was crystal clear and the next morning there was fog burning off the water.

They had some of the biggest hydrangeas I have ever seen!

Day 3 &4 Gold Bluffs Beach

We back tracked to Gold Bluffs Beach, which we seldom if ever do and are staying here for two days.  They have decent reception for Verizon, so I'm taking advantage of it.  It is a typical state campground except you can't bring a trailer or RV longer that 24 feet.  We are the only truck camper here.  The rest is tent city.  Some of which are pretty fancy.  We couldn't get into our site right away, so we drove down to Fern Canyon parking lot and hiked Fern Canyon.  It's really pretty and a pretty short hike, but I finally got to go there.

It was ridiculously crowded, so we went back today, Sunday, and it was less crowded, still more people than I would have liked.

  We walked on the beach and it is littered with little carcasses of jellyfish known by the common name of by-the-wind sailor.
 Here is a picture of one of them.  They are only about as long as your thumb with the sail on top.
Here is the beach covered with the dried up carcasses.

The sand is black and warm on your toes. Hardly a soul in sight.

We saw a huge elk lounging in the trees on our hike this morning.
Tomorrow we are off the Point Blanco State Beach in Oregon.
Take care

Saturday, June 13, 2015

On our way . . .

Day 1
We left home really early.  I don't think either one of us could sleep well,  just a little excited about leaving.  We still had to go up the street to leave instructions with my sister-in-law about chores for her to do.  You know: mow the lawn, clean the house, pick up our mail, pay our bills.  Well, we can always dream.  Then off we go leaving the desert and all of the  potential heat behind.  As I am writing this there are flash flood warnings at home, really!

I love driving through the wine country.  There are some amazing home/tasting rooms.
Wine must be a profitable business.
I don't remember there being so many vineyards in the central part of California.  The hills were covered with vines.

Brady is such a good little traveler. His perch is high enough to give him a bird's eye view and he is a content little guy.

We spent the first night at the Elk's in Woodbridge near Lodi. We were the little fish in the big pond. Yikes~

 Since we were in wine country, we had to go wine tasting.  The red zin was delish!
Day 2
The next day, we headed north to cooler country.  I love Northern California and the redwoods.
Last night we stayed at Klamath River RV park right on the river and we are staying at Gold Bluffs Beach for the next two nights.  Will post pictures later.
Take care

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

We're retired and . . .

I am now officially retired.  I bought this cup for my dad when he retired.  I remember being kinda freaked out because I didn't think he was old enough to retire and you know what happens when you retire. . . 
Silly me.
We had a patio party and invited friends from throughout our life.
Friends that are turning into Master Brewers.

Friends from high school.

Friends from work.

Friends from the neighborhood.

Family and friends for life.

And now we are off RVing to Alaska!