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Sep 10, 2016 - Redwood or Cedar?

After a horrible night at the worst campgrounds, we stopped for breakfast, and had the best breakfast of the trip. Well maybe tied with the one we had to share a table at. I got an excellent egg sandwich, with hashbrowns and bacon and it was all just very hot and juicy and totally succulant. The orange juice was fresh squeezed and very sweet and light, not at all close to what we get in the carton in Ohio. THEN, I used their bathroom, and the cafe had REAL toilet paper! Not that dental floss stuff we've had to use at the road side rests and...

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Aug 14, 2013 - Home

8 weeks and 3 days after starting.. and 9875 miles later.. Murray and Phil made it home. Steve, Murray, and Phil left Las Vegas at 9 AM. They decided to travel through the deserts of western Nevada before linking into 395 at Lee Vining, California. The trip was marred when Phil was issued a traffic ticket in Beatty, Nevada. There is a good chance that the Sheriff's department uses some type of speed trap as way to get revenue into the county coffers. The deputy reported that Phil was driving 44 miles in a 25 MPH zone...although he gave Phil...

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Jul 7, 2013 - Passport April 2013

This is my first blog entry ever so keep that in mind. Passport April 2013 was in Dry Creek Valley in Northern California. This was our second time going to this event and will probably be an annual occurrence for us. That weekend they open around 50 wineries and you pay about $120 for a 2 day pass that gets you into any of the open wineries. Each winery hosts tasting of their wines paired with food. Usually each winery has a theme and some have music. The Dry Creek area is beautiful and a great place and event to meet up with a group of...

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May 9, 2013 - First week of retirement.. Planning for Trip

Hello from Phil. This is my first attempt to use this web site. I have uploaded 13 photos. I have been enjoying my first week of retirement. I spent May 4,5 weekend in Las Vegas with some classmates from UCLA. On May 7, I drove to Healdsburg (where Murray lives). He and I did some serious trip planning for our cross-country trip. On Wednesday, we took a ferry from Larkspur into San Francisco, where we walked to AT & T baseball park for an afternoon game. If people would like to subscribe to this blog, send me an e-mail...

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Mar 30, 2013 - Next Stop Healdsburg

Another great wine area! Healdsburg is a wonderful town in the Dry Creek/Alexander Valley/Russian River Valley area of N. California wine country. Great restaurants and shops in town and mile after mile of vineyards outside of town. We did a great cycle through the Dry Creek and Alexander River valleys and had several wonderful meals. Quite a bit busier here than in the Santa Ynez valley but still a great place to check out. Next stop, the Oregon Coast.

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Mar 11, 2012 - Winery tour

The weather gods are with us! Our designated day for winery touring was forecast to be cloudy and rainy, and although it sprinkled last night, as the day progressed the sun found its way through the clouds and it turned out to be a lovely Sunday afternoon. We met up with Dei and Peter, our tour guides for the day -- he of the ham radio, who we first met over the airwaves. We spent many nights anchored in remote bays up the BC coast, talking to Peter who was ensconsed in his radio shack in Berkeley. We finally met him and Dei a few years ago...

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Mar 10, 2012 - Wine country

We left Bodega Bay this morning with ill weather forecast and drove up the coast to Russian River. Once again, the drive up Hwy 1 was spectacular, with lots of places to pull off and gaze at the pounding surf or walk down to the beach and become one with the ocean. We turned off at Jenner, though, to follow Highway 116 along the Russian River. A beautiful drive on a two-lane highway, through some more sweet looking towns, obviously a very popular place. Lots of vacation homes, and B&Bs, and neat looking eateries. Apparently steelhead...

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Jun 16, 2011 - Day 16 - Driving the CA Coast

Left the camp early this morning to head over to see the California coast. We headed up HWY 101 aways and then headed west toward Stewarts Point, CA. The road was about 60 miles long and had more twists and turns than the road to Yosemite. We drove past Lake Sonoma and through some deep redwood forest. Great views, but I was glad that there was not a lot of traffic because some places had room for only one car. When we finally hit the coast in Stewarts Point the ocean was beautiful and I was happy for the driving break. We headed south down...

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Jun 15, 2011 - Day 15 - Santa Rosa, CA

Today we went to Santa Rosa to buy a paddle for Jay's blow-up kayak and do laundry. Easy to find the Big-5 store and then just up the street was a laundromat. Not my favorite way to spend a morning, but $9 later the laundry was done and we were headed back to the RV. Put the clothes away and fix lunch, Jay took Randy out for awhile and then it was hide out in the a/c. We were going to go to a bar to watch the hockey game, but listened on XM instead. Tomorrow we are going to drive HWY1 along the coast, I should have some great pictures and...

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Jun 14, 2011 - Day 14 - Alexander Valley

We left the San Jose area heading 152 miles north to Alexander Valley area of Napa Valley. A few wrong turns - I was navigating - we ended up on Treasure Island ($8.25 toll to cross the bridge). We parked illegally to figure out where we wanted to go. Ended up going back across the bridge and getting on 580 where we wanted to be in the first place. We found our way to 101 north and we decided to take a break as we had been traveling about 3 hrs to go 50 miles. The Visitor Center was in Santa Rosa- good place to stop if you are in a car....

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Jul 1, 2010 - Healdsburg

Today was perfect for cycling the Healdsburg countryside in scout of great vineyards. We only made it 8.5 miles. Seems we were waylaid shortly after the first tasting at Merriam Vineyards. The wines were delicious and soon we were in a gay mood. It was a gorgeous blue sky day and the green rows of the magical vines contrasted with the brown rolling hills. A cool breeze gave us comfort. The tasting rooms were surrounded by massive floral gardens and the aroma of roses was pervasive. Inside, the smell of sweet wine soaked oak casks penetrated...

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Apr 14, 2009 - Wine Country

The camp site rested on a peninsula high above Lake Sonoma. It was impossible to get a photo encompassing the entirety of the lake as it surrounded us on three sides. Three valleys are responsible for growing +/-60% of the US wine production. Each valley follows a river or creek ending in the Pacific 55 miles south. Also, each valley climate and soil determine which grapes are grown where. The growing process is quite interesting. Such meticulous detail goes into the pruning and cultivation of the grapes. At the next level another set of...

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