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Aug 12, 2017 - Coasting in California

August 12, 2017 Coasting Along in California I hope California doesn't secede from the Union because it would be a shame to lose this much natural beauty. Besides, wouldn't every Californian who gets money from the Federal Government, like those on Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, get cut off because they would no longer be citizens? Inquiring minds want to know! Anyhoo, I think seceding is on the back burner now since California is busy putting together emergency plans in case of nuclear attack. The official word from Seattle is,...

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Born to Wanda

Oct 14, 2016 - Fortuna,CA

It rained very hard last night which made it so nice for us to be in a hotel. We had a slow start to the day, nothing planned, and waited to see what the weather would do. Well, it was dry most of the day. We had been told Fortuna will be drier than most areas so we are in a good spot. The weather channel still predicts heavy rain and wind. The Coast will definitely get this, not sure how much we will get here. We are still safer not to drive on the coast during this storm so we are staying put. We have TV and wifi and books. Looks like...

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May 17, 2016 - Goodbye to the Turkeys

This morning, we said our goodbyes to the turkeys ... no, not Linda and Ray!! The wild turkeys that roam the park. Today, it was time to hit the road again. We were both excited, as we always get on travel day. -- John was psyching himself up for today's trip, which he knew would be challenging. We headed north on Highway 101. Most of the road is two-lane, which makes for hairy driving in an RV, especially with heavy truck traffic. -- We got an early start as usual, and it was yet another beautiful morning, with clear skies. Today's...

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Pretty Damn Nice!

May 10, 2016 - Fortuna, CA - Riverwalk RV Park

Ukiah to Fortuna, CA was a 139 mile trip today along US 101 the whole way. It should have been only 137 miles but I missed my turn at the RV park and had to go a couple of miles to get back! We experienced a lot of constructions zones today with two or three down to one way traffic and delays of about 10 minutes at each as we waited our turn. Other than that the roads were much smoother today with only a few short sections of rough roads. We did travel through the redwoods today as this portion of US 101 is called the Redwood Highway. We...

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Feb 4, 2016 - Update

Betty Alene Johnson Coyle December 28, 1945 - October 17, 2015 Betty Coyle, 69, passed away while she was a patient at the Cedar Park Regional Medical Center in Cedar Park, Texas, from complications of pneumonia and heart troubles. Born in Laurel, Mississippi, she was the first born child of Leroy and Neva (Jones) Johnson. While still in high school, her family left Mississippi to start a new life on the west coast in Fortuna, California, where she graduated from high school with honors. In 1979, she met Bill Coyle, also of Fortuna, and...

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Bill and Betty 2015

May 10, 2015 - Back to Cali

We said our goodbyes to Pat and Paul last night. These two are some of our favorite people. They have finally sold their home in Utah and are now living in their RV in a park near the beach in Brookings. They have never looked more relaxed or happier and we are thrilled for them. They get to finally live their dream. -- I have to tell about John's latest funny comment, which I call a "John-ism". I was just about to start fixing dinner last night, a stir fry dish. It had been foggy and cold all day. I noticed that the fog horn was blowing...

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Pretty Damn Nice!

Jul 19, 2014 - Mendocino, CA, Avenue of Giants,Ferndale, CA

Saturday, July 19, 2014 – Mendocino, CA, The Avenue of Giants, Ferndale, CA It was 6:50 when we left the hotel in Stockton. We drove in the Sacramento Delta. What is that? Well, we saw a huge river which is higher than the road and the land. There is lots of irrigation farming with the levee all along the river to keep it in check just like the Mississippi. We see coastal clouds ahead. Yah!! The trip must be coming to an end as the ocean is near. There are tall bridges and even draw bridges so that boats can go up the river. There are wind...

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Jun 12, 2014 - Avenue of the Giants

Today we took the 31 mile drive through Humbolt Redwoods State park also known as "The Avenue of the Giants". There are several large groves of Redwoods. Coast redwoods are taller than any other living thing. They can live over 2000 years old. They have withstand fires, floods and insects. This area has never been logged. Driving through was amazing. Redwoods lined the shoulders. It gave you the feeling of being in a tunnel with rays of sunlight. The Eel River flooded in 1964 wiping out the town of Pepperwood. The trees survived. We took...

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Nov 6, 2012 - Smoooooooooooth!

We put 188 miles on our rolling home today and the ride was smooooooooooth. I had Firestone air bags installed on the rear suspension of our truck last Thursday...what a huge improvement in ride! Hwy 101 is still somewhat rough despite a lot of summer resurfacing efforts, but the new air support made the ride very comfortable. After far too many construction zones along the highway, we arrived at Riverwalk RV Park in Fortuna, California at about 3PM. The later arrival was also due in part to a rather late start in Port Orford this morning....

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Jun 21, 2012 - Victorian Age

Fortuna, CA. Ferndale, California, elevation 50', has a population of about 1388 people, living within one square mile of the city limits. Sometimes referred to as "cream city," it is known for well-preserved Victorian store-fronts on Main Street and for homes throughout the community, which are also known as "Butterfat Palaces" due to their construction during a time in the 1880s when considerable wealth was generated in the dairy industry. The entire town is an historical landmark. We loved it. We walked the entire street, poked in many...

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Jun 20, 2012 - Avenue of the Giants

Fortuna, CA. The Avenue of the Giants is a 31-mile long drive through giant coastal redwood trees. Redwoods are often mistaken for Sequoia’s. Sequoia trees can be as much as 3,200 years old and grow to a height of 250’. Coastal redwoods can live to be 2,000 years old but most live between 500 and 1100 years. They are much taller, however, than are Sequoias and reach heights of 360’. We saw quite a few today in the 340’ to 350’ range. It was pretty neat to drive through the heavily forested, winding, narrow roads. We made a number of stops...

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Jun 19, 2012 - Whale of a tale

Fortuna, CA. Every time we have had car trouble, we have been very fortunate. This time when we tried to start the car, we heard only clicks. A call to AAA soon got us a new battery and we were on our way. First we stopped at 3 thrift stores in Fort Bragg and then headed to MacKerricher State Park. At the park we got up close and personal with the skeleton of a gray whale. The gray whales come past here during migration and can be seen easily from the shore. Unfortunately it is not migration season so we had to be happy seeing 16 harbor...

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