On the Road Again……….

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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!

Meadow view - Holmes, CA

Meadow view – Holmes, CA

Eel River - exact opposite of what it looked like in 1964

Eel River – exact opposite of what it looked like in 1964

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.

ancientredwoods.net

ancientredwoods.net

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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!
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Driving along Avenue of the Giants

Driving along Avenue of the Giants

Yeah!  That's a really, really big tree!  Great picnic location

Yeah! That’s a really, really big tree! Great picnic location

 

 

Uprooted tree - I can assure there WAS a sound when this baby dropped!

Uprooted tree – I can assure there WAS a sound when this baby dropped!

Large ferns growing on the forest floor

Large ferns growing on the forest floor

CRV in front of a giant redwood tree - from the front!

CRV in front of a giant redwood tree – from the front

A view from behind the tree!  That tree is MASSIVE!

A view from behind the tree! That tree is MASSIVE!

 

Doe a deer, and two small fawns x-ing!

Doe a deer, and two small fawns x-ing!

 

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.

Mendocino Lighthouse - conveniently relocated to Shelter Cove - Tallest lighthouse in CA - because the bluff it sits on is 400 feet high!

Mendocino Lighthouse – conveniently relocated to Shelter Cove – Tallest lighthouse in CA – because the bluff it sits on is 400 feet high!

Pelican Island off The Lost Coast

Pelican Island off The Lost Coast

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!)

Woodley Island sign - in a state of confusion! (Tim will get this!)

Woodley Island sign – in a state of confusion! (Tim will get this!)

First an island and now a bar - what's going on Wanda?

First an island and now a bar – what’s going on Wanda?

Horses who think they are dogs!

Horses who think they are dogs!

Focusing on the road!

Focusing on the road!

Herd of Elk - just hanging out in a meadow next to Hwy 101

Herd of Elk – just hanging out in a meadow next to Hwy 101

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!

1st Look at Oregon coast!

1st Look at Oregon coast!

Oregon coast

Oregon coast

Crashing waves off the coast of Oregon

Crashing waves off the coast of Oregon

The Ritchie's have arrived in Oregon!

The Ritchie’s have arrived in Oregon!

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.

Oregon coastline! My new screen saver

Oregon coastline! My new screen saver

 

Beach birds

Beach birds

Walking trail to the ocean

Walking trail to the ocean

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!

RV there yet???

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So, just checking, have you missed us?

Our last post was about 4 weeks ago when Dan and I were both “surprised” with the fact that someone in South “Cakalakie” found our house worthy and that they offered us full list price for the house. What we didn’t properly calculate into our travel plans was the impact of selling our house, as doing so required that we had to interrupt our Around the USA trip and (ugh) move our “sh!t” out of the house!  We had listed our house through Jamison Realty, and Paul Jamison and Betsy King did a great job in supporting us through the process.  Kudos to them!

With the impending closing date, and no other options, we cashed in our credit card points and bought tickets back to “quickly” pack up our stuff; before the new owners sued us for leaving all our crap in their new house – looking back, we should have waited for the lawsuit!

So for the last three + weeks – we’ve worked like the dickens to get everything in our house, first into boxes, and then into pods, plus a last minute storage room, all in time to meet the closing date – and we completed the task just in the nick of time!

From the time we arrived back home, we were challenged in every way possible to get our work done by all our friends (whom we love dearly), who worked to ensure we wouldn’t be out of the house by the closing date.  Chuck & Karen met us at the airport with a large trunk for our bare minimum luggage and an ice chest full of “adult beverages”; and the trip home was detoured into to a local haunt, resulting in us not finding the pillows on our bed after 3 am. There was an impromptu party on our deck the next night, which ended with a trip to Ryan’s house to help celebrate his birthday, resulting in another late night (or should I say early morning?).  Next was a great afternoon and evening uptown for some Charlotte Knight’s baseball and the 4th of July festivities. Another late night.  The following day the Atkinson’s hosted a swimmingly successful pool party (we cashed in our chips a little early on this one), and finally, a group of 10 of us enjoyed a fantastic dinner out at Fleming’s during Charlotte Restaurant Week.   At long last, about 5 days into the visit, we (meaning me) began in earnest at packing up our belongings.

We arrived back in California on the night of the closing and made the drive back up to Vallejo, where we had left the RV in a mobile home park for the duration. Unlike how good we felt upon our arrival back on the East Coast at the beginning of July, we were now draaaaaaagging when he finally found the bed pillows late in the night. Sheer exhaustion from all of the proceeding weeks had compounded until it felt like we were both holding the Golden Gate Bridge on our shoulders. Needless to say, it took a couple days for us to recover, but I’m happy to report that our recovery is now complete!

Whew! We are free, completely free now – the only home fire burning for us now, is the one in our compact little RV home on wheels.   After catching up on sleep and accepting the fact that we are effectively “homeless” (something that one of us is having more of an issue with than I am); we have laid out the next leg of our trip and have begun pressing forward on our too-long delayed trip!

We appreciate all the love our friends and neighbors showed to us on our return visit and we very much look forward to making it back for the 2nd Annual Clash at the ‘Clave golf tournament in early October. We’re calling “dibs” on suite at the Howard mansion (can we do that?) now in preparation for the return visit. We will continue to miss everyone but we balance those tugs on the heartstrings with the excitement that awaits us on OuRVAdventure!

Editor’s note.  OK, Dan here.  I feel like we were a little hasty in selling our house.  We could have waited until we got back from the vacation, but by then who knows when we would have sold it?  Maybe not for a long while.  So, it is gone, but it will remain with us along with the great memories forever.  It is kind of “freeing” not to have to worry about Chuck having to mow the yard (Thank You Chuck) and whether or not it’s water-tight, wind-proof, mouse-free, etc.  You get the point.  Carol was (as usual) a Saint, and I was a Sinner – she packed, I lamented the fact we were moving, trying to stall long enough that we’d have to cancel the sale, but in the end I succumbed.  So, for at least the time-being, our only home is our home on wheels.  We are now about 3 weeks behind on our plans, hoping that we can get our fill of all the great places coming up soon enough so that we can make it home for the Clash at the ‘Clave.  We’re trying.