When I got back to my campsite after dinner and hanging out with friends I decided that even though it was well after dark I should probably break camp in preparation for leaving today. The other motive in this was the prediction of rain starting in the overnight hours and continueing till mid morning. I figured better to break camp when it is dry and not as muddy. This was an excellent choice because we certainly did get some more rain that night. Monday morning was another great hike and play session for Jazzy and Logan and the rain managed to hold off until after I hit the road around 1pm. I was in no hurry to leave the area. I left the campsite shortly after 1pm and then headed to paradise point which is just a nice beach overlook. We hung out there until the rain just was too much and then went food shopping to stock up on my favourite foods at the Golden Harvest Herban Market. Their Tuna Salad is amazing, dog biscuits for the kids, lasagna, tuna casserole, meatballs. Prepared dinners at a reasonable cost to last me a few weeks. Grateful for the Rv fridge to keep everything fresh for the ride home. One of my priorities before leaving Oregon was to take advantage of the cheaper gas prices on this side of the border. I decided on the gas at Fred Myers. Here’s where it gets interesting and embarrassing. In Oregon you aren’t allowed to fuel your own vehicle except for after hours. Here I was at Fred Myers (a local dept type store with gas station) with my RV being filled up (this is about a 20 minute process with a tank like mine). I decided to buy some window washer fluid and...
A little over 2 years ago during one of my Cape Blanco trips Zulu, Sky and I met a dog in the herding family, an English Shepherd. I’d never heard of the breee but when I saw the dog it looked like an Australian Shepherd with a tail and the dameanor of the dog we met was really perfect.
Today was a great day to just take it easy. i think one of the things I am focusing on on this trip is trying to get proper sleep. At work I tend to be on 15 hour shifts for 5 days then off for 9 days. It’s an awesome schedule with great time off but not real conducive to great sleeping patterns. When I do my RV roadtrips i make it a point to not start driving until I am ready to be on the road. genberally this means I don’t get an early start and I am not interested in getting an early start!! I am interested in living by ‘my schedule’ which is defined by when I feel tired enough to go to bed and rested enough to get up. I slept in today! It was nice. Then the pups and I made our way down to the beach at Cape Blanco. This beach never gets much activity and is a great spot for dogs to focus on being dogs. They had some good runs on the beach. I ended the day with a trip to the local bar/restaurant Salty Dawg. It’s a local spot that serves up some excellent food. I enjoyed a huge salad that was quite tasty!
Today was a pretty special day. I was able to meet up with some friends I had made from my first Oregon Trip. Ray & Leslie were the campsite hosts on my first roadtrip to Cape Blanco three years ago. They were amazing campground hosts, excellent at their work as hosts and just great people to get to know. We have stayed in touch ever since meeting 3 years ago and it’s hard to believe that I haven’t known them forever! During this excursion of mine to Cape Blanco I was able to meet them at their current hosting gig at the fitch hatchery in Bandon Oregon. A short drive up the coast and a fun time hanging out with the two of them and their dogs. Leslie gave me the tour of the fish hatchery (the behind the doors after hours tour). Ray and Leslie have made a name for themselves there too as good conscientious workers and it was cool to see their setup. Of course dog play time in order as well as a fun tour of Leslie’s greenhouse in the RV.
I was very happy with my chosen place to spend the night. The Salmon Creek pulloff was just right, felt safe and we had a good stroll through the woods and paths nearby in the morning. I’d say we still took about another 6 hours or so to get to Cape Blanco but the drive was good overall. Sure was a lot of construction along the route. When we finally made it to Cape Blanco all the memories of what I love about this place came flooding back. Just an overall peaceful place and I suppose part of it is when you are at home the tendency at least for me is to stay busy working around the house and getting different projects done. When you leave – really leave you get the opportunity to just enjoy your surroundings and the great company of those who bring joy. I enjoy them always but vacationing with them is even better!
The Coronavirus saga for the last for years has put a dampner on my wanderlust adventures. So many people out in RVs since lockdown meant that areas that used to be empty are now full. Day 1 of the Roadtrip – today!! I have to say leaving home for this road trip was a little hard. The Rhododendrons in my yard have just started to bloom again! We set off late afternoon with a stop in Point Arena to pick up a sandwich for later. Driving Highway 1 northwards means lots of winding roads and beautiful coastal views. You can’t be in a hurry for this sort of a route any more than you can expect phone reception. Winding through the forest as we headed inland it became dark pretty quick. The trees really buried the light from vision! I use an app called Ioverlander to find parking spots and good overnight spots but on this night I wasn’t happy with what I was finding so I wound up finding a great spot with basic intuition.
Threee years ago in April I took my first road trip in my relatively new (to me) RV. I had purchased the RV as a way to care for my dog Sky. I had to have a way to bring her to work and have air conditioning since she was unable to walk anymore. that’s not the story this time. Sky has changed addresses and has New Views so she is maybe travelling remotely with Zulu and Jazzy. I am heading back to Oregon today. I hadn’t realised until Facebook and Google memories reminded me that I was actually in oregon at this time 3 three years ago. I went back a couple of other times in 2019 and 2020 because it is such a magical place. port orford is the area I found quite without planning 3 years ago. this time I had to plan (not my style) because now, the same campground requires reservations. Cape Blanco. Special place. here’s a Video from my 2019 trip
I had big intentions in December to do a road trip to Florida to surprise my parents for Christmas. In the Covid Era of the moment a flying trip for either myself or my sister’s family was out of the question. Things changed quickly when I actually found myself in the process of possibly buying a house. The inspections would have taken place during my road trip so I had to stay home. Things changed directions on that house and then January rolled around and I found myself with still more time off and so why not try again to head to Florida. Well – things changed again suddenly and as I watched the weather forecast it seemed wisest to keep my travels closer to home to I figured I would head to the Salton Sea and who knows where else …. I spent the first night at my good friend’s house Eric & Roz in Merced, Ca. I’m in an RV so in light of the Covid restrictions I stayed in my RV in the drive of course and met with them briefly outside. It was great to see them and for them to finally get to meet the new pup Jazzy. I headed to the Salton Sea – why the Salton Sea? Well in the winter the weather is perfect! It gets up to maybe 70-75 in the day ( a little warm for me) but the evening makes up for that when it generally drops to 40 or 50 degrees. I found out about the Salton Sea last year when I ventured to Joshua Tree National Park. I found Joshua Tree just OK – dogs on leashes and not allowed anywhere besides specific paths. As far as I was concerned what was the point. I stayed in...
I had originally planned to pick up Jazzy in mid April. I was sure the weather would be right by then and it would give me adequate time to plan a trip of that magnitude. The Covid-19 thing caused everyone to modify their lifestyle and plans and this trip was no exception. I had word that the Canadian Border would be closing down to non-essential travel. I didn’t have the exact date just that it would be happening. Initially I thought I would need to postpone picking up Jazzy for a few months but my co-worker urged me to drop everything and go NOW!! I am so glad he did this. Monday the 16th of March 2020 he gave me the advice. I had to work Tuesday the 17th but I left by Weds the 18th starting late in the afternoon. I was prepared. I had renewed Zulu’s shots just to be safe for the border crossing questions. I had all my documents ready; proof of insurance, road side insurance, proof of payment for Jazzy (I had to pay for her shots before pick up). … I had read of others experiences at t eh border and felt very prepared for any questions or concerns regarding my entry. Coincidentally, I had just accomplished the needed oil change, upgraded my headlights to led, insulated the RV walls and under my bed with bubble-wrap to help keep me warm in the more drastic elements. I was preparing for the trip in April but really, I was already prepared so there was really no reason to not leave at once! The next posting will be my video of the trip it is about 20 minutes long but very fast paced and enjoyable to watch if you have interest in experiencing travelling cross country...