Actually only part of day 6 was at Casini. This was our day to leave and head down to Pacifica. We headed over to 101 at Santa Rosa and headed south. It was very foggy and drizzly, but I kind of like it like that. One of the positives?
Golden Gate Bridge:
One of the negatives? $12 for 4 axles! Glad I don't have a triple axle.
We weaved through the Hwy 1 traffic through western SF. That is a long thing to do. We made it to the SF RV Resort and dropped the trailer. We headed downtown to get Hannah and take her to dinner. Hannah introduced us to Thai food. We ate at Osha Thai. I had the Volcano Beef:
Roxie had Shrimp Fried Rice:
Hannah had some plate that I don't remember:
The next day we took a short drive down Hwy 1 toward Half Moon Bay. Roxie has been offered a new job and she had to get some information back and forth to her prospective employer. That required 2 stops at different UPS stores. However we did get to see some scenery and we stopped at a nice beach south of Pacifica. I also got to see where they are building the tunnel and bridge to bypass the Devil's Slide.
We had Hannah hop on BART after her 3pm class and meet us in South San Francisco. Since she got us going on Thai food the night before, we asked her if she was up to it again. She agreed and we went to Original Thai BBQ. This more mainstream Thai, I believe, instead of a more trendy Osha Thai. I had the drunken noodles and I loved them! I will now have to find them here somewhere. We took Hannah back to her loft, said our goodbyes. We went back to the trailer and watched "Fair Game".
The SF RV Resort is right on the bluffs of the ocean in Pacifica and we stayed there before. However they have had a LOT more erosion since. They had to move one of the walking paths due to this. I don't know how much longer they will be able to be open. About 20 more feet and the RV spots will be going in. Here is a view of below the bluffs:
And from above:
Get there while you can!
We again awoke to high fog in the tall trees but the sun was on its way! We talked with some more friends and then decided to go check out Armstrong Redwoods SNR. It is a grove of Redwoods near to Guerneville. I was surprised how small the parking lot was and it was packed! We had to park down the road a bit. We started out on the trails and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The trails were clear, soft and the whole area was very lush.
The ground was covered in most places with a clover like plant called Redwood Sorrel. Well, I thought it was clover and started, naturally, looking for a 4 leaf clover. I looked up the odds of finding one (1:20000) and thought in this area it was pretty good. We were heading down one of the trails and I got ahead of Roxie so I sat down. I was constantly looking for one so I looked next to where I was sitting and saw this:
Here is a picture of Roxie taking a short break:
We only had our cell phones so that is what we are taking these pictures with.
After the walking/hiking, it was time for lunch. I checked out Yelp and found boon. We thought we would try it. Not this was not the type of food we normally eat. This was from some type of Food Network show, a bit foreign to us. So we ordered their cheeseburger and truffle fries. Both were excellent! The food there is recommended.
On our way to the park we saw a shop that had a vintage Airstream sticking out of the door. We went back to look and got a thorough tour of the works in progress and there is a lot of work. The name is Russian River Vintage Trailers if you are interested.
What do you do when you get back to your trailer after a busy, semi-strenuous day? You take a nap. That is what we did until Bob knocked on the door and invited us to dinner at 5:30. We readily agreed and our new friends Ken and Shannon joined us also. We ate, talked, laughed and froze our BUTTS off! We would have liked to talk more but the blood circulation forced a retirement to our warm trailers. Sleep came soon and then day 6!
Saturday at Casini Ranch, we awoke to high fog in the trees but no wind! It was pretty nice all in all. I needed to go to the hardware store again. This time it was to get some epoxy type sealant for our shower. We were developing a crack in the fiberglass pan and I didn't want it to crack all the way through and start leaking to the wood subfloor. We also could use a bag of ice and George was looking for a microswitch to repair his tongue jack. His jack was working in one direction only. The technician at the jack company said one of the limiter switches was bad and it was.
We got back and worked on his jack. We did not find a switch and decided to bypass the limiter switch until he could find the right microswitch. Success! That started my repair list. The next was to fix the crack. I mixed up the epoxy solution and had 4 minutes to get it in place. It took a bit of twisting to get in the right angle but I filled the crack within the time limit. It had a wonderful aroma also. On to the clock install. We have an Airstream clock and I could not figure out a way to hang up. I got some of those 3m removable velcro hooks. That worked great! Keep going. Remove the water saving spigot from the kitchen sink, Roxie never liked it anyway. I also replace the right screw of the step just for good measure. We had lunch somewhere in that mess of things also.
A bit of rest then getting ready for the potluck at 6pm. Roxie made a pan of brownies and cooked two tri-tips for it. I took down one of our portable tables and looked around. There were 12 tables that seated 8 each setup. That is 96 people! It was all packed!! We have not been to one of these rallies with this many people. It was great! The food was good also. We visited others around the trailers afterward and got some good ideas. We are now back in the trailer and Roxie is snoring away!
Here are some pics that I took to day of the 33 trailers here!
How about this one? Glad we weren't here in 1986!
We had a very good night's sleep as we normally do in our cocoon. We got outside, Roxie and I went for a short walk around the campground. We went down by the river and were very impressed with how pretty and lush this park is. As we were walking I saw bird diving to the river. We both saw it hit the water and take off with a fish in its' talons. It went and landed in a tree and likely started to eat. We found out later it was an Osprey.
Roxie had a voicemail and a call to make so she did so. The only problem was she had to stand in the middle of the road to get 2 bars of signal! We got back to the trailer and started talking with our friends. This is one of the most fun aspects of getting together, a way to reconnect with old and new friends. During this time I went into the trailer and the step broke. Man! A screw either broke or came loose. It appeared to be a 'normal' screw and the rest of the parts looked good.
We headed into 'town' to get the part. We decided to have lunch there also in Guerneville. We ate at the River Inn Grill. It was very good food but the booths must have been new since it took a herculean effort to slide into. We then headed to the hardware store. This was the most interesting store. It was SOOO unlike a box store like Lowes. This store snaked around all over, things were everywhere, even on the ceiling. Very fun and they had the screw! The step was fixed in about 10 minutes.
In the afternoon we went down the Russian River and sat by the river. We watched ducks swim by, an Osprey in a tall tree (maybe the same one) and vultures soaring overhead. Very idyllic. We came back to the trailer and promptly fell asleep (well Roxie a bit more promptly than I). Roxie told me later that I was snoring up a storm and since the door was open the whole park must have heard me. I don't know how this happens since I don't snore!
Here is a picture of the Chen's trailer, the Morelli's trailer and ours:
Another shot of down the row with a few flags flying:
Around 6 the happy hour started. I tried, unsuccessfully, to get Roxie to go with me but she was still tired so I went for a bit. There were about 35 people there. I talked to some people, some that I didn't know. It was enjoyable but COLD! I hung around the fire and watched some semblance of fog roll through the tall trees. As I came back to the trailer I took a shot of our lights we hung up:
More to come tomorrow.
A short post from the iPhone. No pictures. We met George and family at the Jelly Belly factory in Fairfield. We got to go on the tour, eat lunch and get some groceries (not all in the same place) and spent about 3 hours doing so! The drive to Casini was beautiful and taking back roads added to the fun. We got here about 5:30 and there are about 15 Airstreams here. We had a nice shared dinner with George, Marsha, Bob, Phyllis and the kids! We chatted for a bit but colder weather chased us all inside. More to come…