After returning to Vallejo, resting up and receiving a very proper send off from the Ironworkers construction crew who were our short-term neighbors (who had watched over the RV while we were gone), we headed off to Redcrest, CA; home the GIANT redwoods!
We stayed at the Ancient Redwoods RV Park in the center of the woods. It’s a relatively new park, with all new amenities and the most friendly front desk staff, I think we have encountered thus far. The woods have been cleared enough that we have great satellite and internet reception; however our AT&T’s phone coverage was nonexistent in the park. You really don’t realize how dependent you are on having technology, literally at your fingertips. We were forced to “old school-it” and just use email during our stay in the park.
We popped into the nearby town of Scotia for some groceries at Hoby’s and a quick dinner at Gallagher’s before settling in at the RV Park. Sunday, we packed a picnic lunch and took in the Avenue of the Giants, a road that cuts through the forest and conveys incredible peace to those who take the time to stop for minute along the road and have a picnic!
From there we took the 23 mile swerving, twisting, and straight up/ down road over the mountain to Shelter Cove, located on The Lost Coast. The town boasts one general store (for emergencies and gas), a golf course that is laid out around the airport- sweet! It also is home to the Mendocino Lighthouse, which was relocated to this area at some point in history. (I wasn’t paying attention when Dan was telling me the story). We had a great visit with the lighthouse volunteer and his little dog “Shorty” who greeted visitors in the lighthouse. If you like remote, gale force golf conditions and have your pilot’s license, this could be the place for you! But for The Ritchie’s, we made the trek back over the mountain and back into the shade of the giant redwoods by days end.
Monday took us up the coast about 40 miles where Dan played a round of golf at the Eureka Municipal Golf Course while I worked “remotely” from the golf course grill for the day! Dan returned decent golf score and with a dinner recommendation over on Woodley Island (Hey Wanda – have you been holding out on us?) which is located across from old town Eureka where we had a great conversation with Sage, the bartender who shared a lot of the local history and other great information with us while we dined, overlooking the boat slips. For example: did you know that 65% of the residents in this area live “off the grid” – (not exactly sure how’d you would know that if it they really are off the grid – just sayin’). Also, apparently, there’s lots of marijuana growing in and around the hills of the city, just in case you need to know that information for a trivia game sometime! Also Sage knows a thing or two about disc golf – he’s some champion or something and he’s got a brand new tattoo as a tribute to the sport and there’s some special ointment you have to keep on your tattoo for a while after you get one. (I’m not sure how I’ve made it all these years, without knowing this information!)
Tuesday was our travel day to Oregon – It’s our first ever visit to the state and we were both excited; Me, I was looking forward to seeing the famous Oregon coastline (which did not disappoint) and Dan has a pending date with destiny – he’s playing the top rated Bandon Dunes Golf Course. He’s been as excited as a kid the night before Christmas ever since he made his reservation for the tee time. Right now, he definitely loves Suzie the most; as she was the thoughtful daughter who gave him this opportunity as a retirement gift!
The Oregon coast is everything and more to see. You simply don’t tire of looking at this area. It’s surprising how visually different it is than California with the massive rocks lying just off the coast line. The first town in the state is Brookings and they take their law very seriously here – we saw three cars being ticketed and had to pull off the road twice while flashing red lights overtook us along the route (so glad they had something better to do than ticket us as they whizzed by). Take a note if you are planning a visit and be sure to mind the speed limit and you should probably leave your drugs in Eureka. I’m sure someone there will take very good care of them for you.
Last night we arrived at Bandon RV Park. It’s a nice little parking lot adjacent to Hwy 101; however the owners are very nice and the facilities are clean. We learned our lesson last night, after listening to all the traffic whizzing by, tonight we will run the fan, if only for the sake of sleep. Not that there will be too much sleep here, as I’m pretty certain that the only thing we won’t be late for – will be Dan’s tee time tomorrow.
Today we walked down to the Old Bandon town center to look around. Later this afternoon, we took a drive up to the golf course (see what I mean about someone being excited) just so we’d know the route and time needed to ensure we are adequately on time for tomorrow’s big event!
So you know what to do if you’re a fellow golfer with his phone number – send Dan some text “well wishes” for his big day chasing the little ball around with a golf club tomorrow!