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Jun 13, 2017 - Bus Tour of San Franisco

I got to the Russian River campground last Saturday 6-10. I was in the campground summer before last and camped very close to where I am now. Not much going on here. The trip to San Francisco was GREAT. I have never taken a bus tour before but I will do it again. Our tour was lead by Molly and she has been doing this for 7 years. She was very knowledgeable about San Francisco. As you can see in the pictures we had quite a day. I was VERY lucky with the weather. Molly said that most days are foggy in the morning or the afternoon or both....

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Sep 2, 2016 - A New Experience

Our first stop down the 101 was in Cloverdale, about 20 miles north of Santa Rosa. We have purchased a membership in an RV Association called Thousand Trails which allows us to stay at their campgrounds for free. It seemed like a good idea as campgrounds have gotten so expensive over the past couple of years. You purchase the zone or zones you think you will use during the year; in our case we purchased the southwest and southeast. I am sure we will come out ahead financially but I think we will have to plan our routes carefully to make use...

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Jul 17, 2016 - Across the Golden Gate Bridge we go

After our travel experience going through the LA area, we were not too excited about going through San Francisco. We elected to go over the Golden Gate Bridge just to say we did so that necessitated driving right down 19th Ave., not something I would recommend. None the less, we made it although going over the bridge was rather uneventful. It was foggy so the visibility was poor. Anyway, we can check that off of our list. The RV park we are in has great views of wine country. We had to drive back in to the country, through a residential...

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May 12, 2016 - Fun in Ferndale

Ferndale is the perfect "last stop" for us. Only 3-4 hours from home and a fun place to visit. Patricia took a side trip through the Avenue of the Giants...a beautiful, winding road through old-growth redwoods. Yuki loved the big trees...what a challenge! We love to walk along Ferndale's Main Street. Great shops, amazing pizza place, quaint, old Victorian buildings. It was so good to see the dairy fields green and lush; the last few years they have very brown and dry...a struggle for the farmers. . . We love these old...

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May 2016

May 10, 2016 - Cloverdale heat

Cold, cold, cold, hot! Mixed up weather. Only answer is to wear layers. After the wild past few days of evacuating, relocating, driving out to the mine, driving up to Cloverdale and roasting in unexpected heat, the only answer was to have the Best Hamburger in the county and a chocolate shake. It was cool in the shade, restful at the picnic table and relaxing just hanging out with the dogs. One of our favorite drives is out to Campovida. The gardens are a perfect blend of rustic simplicity and beautiful artistry. There are hidden...

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May 2016

May 27, 2015 - Russian River TT

I got here Wednesday as planned. It sure is nice to have cell phone & internet at the rv. But this is the 5th week without TV reception and another week with sewer connection. I am glad that I am not a big TV watcher. The Russian River is low due to the 4 year drought they are having here. Plan on visiting the Muir Woods, San Fran & Mendocino while here. I can not believe how fast the summer is going. This is my last TT in CA. On to Oregon then Washington. Time flies when you are having fun.

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Apr 28, 2014 - Alexander Valley

We are having lazy days and loving it! Spent the first night in Gilroy Walmart and slept in until 7:30! (After waking up at 5 and deciding to try to go back to sleep.) Had our morning time and waited until we figured the San Jose/Oakland traffic had died down. Moseyed our way up to Cloverdale where we are now nestled in under shady old oak trees. It is very green here...vineyards, roses and rolling hills.Our evening drive took us up to the Old Crocker Inn (oldcrockerinn.com) which is now a lovely, serene B&B. Crocker was one of the "Big...

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Sep 14, 2013 - Oregon Coast and the Russian River Valley

Cloverdale KOA, Cloverdale, CA Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013 1:00 pm Hi. I’ve been journeying slowly south along US 101 from Long Beach WA to my present location in Cloverdale. The weather has been cool and occasionally sunny along the way, but now that I’ve swung inland into Sonoma County, the forecast calls for very warm to hot, mostly sunny weather. The high temp today is supposed to be near 90, cooling slightly over the next week. This KOA is very different from most. Instead of being a tightly-confined string of side-by-side RV slots, this...

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2013 Summer Tour

May 30, 2013 - Russian River

Spent three nights at the Thousand Trails Russian River RV Park on, surprisingly, the Russian Rive. It is heavily wooded with narrow lanes and on some significant hills but the sites were level and big enough for us. No TV or Satellite though. The park is located near Cloverdale, California which is in the Russian River valley; an area so beautiful that for the first time on this trip, Bob said: “I could live here”. The hills rise steeply from the valley floor and are covered with golden grasses, mixed wood forests and grapes. Every square...

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Apr 17, 2013 - Cloverdale, CA

Days 42 - 44 of The Big Trip We got everything disconnected, started the engine, turned on the GPS and found we had a whopping 54 miles, 1-1/4 hours, to drive from the Coast Guard Station to the Thousand Trails at Cloverdale. More beautiful country - green, green hills and hundreds of acres of vineyards. One frequently wonders why Thousand Trails picks where they do to put their parks. Russian River is a challenge for big rigs. As the crow flies, we were only about 20 miles from the coast, in Cloverdale. After a lot of discussion, we...

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Sep 16, 2012 - Cold Fog and Hot Sun

$50/night] 50 amp commercial campground, but it was completely booked up). The next day, I drove to White Oak winery in the Alexander Valley near Healdsburg to buy 6 bottles of one of my favorite chardonnays. The temperature that day reached 97 – too hot to enjoy wine-tasting. When I returned to the coach, I found out online that another favorite winery – Dry Creek- was sold out of my other favorite chardonnay, so I decided not to bother driving to the winery. The heat has been unrelenting in the afternoon without any sign of a breeze....

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Apr 20, 2012 - Thousand Trails Russian River

Stayed at Thousand Trails Russian River for seven nights. Very nice NACO preserve with 125 Power & Water only sites. This RV Resort is located on the banks of the beautiful Russian River. We are Platinum members of Thousand Trails/NACO/Leisure Time; a private campground membership. This is a highly recommended Thousand Trails RV Resort!

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