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Aug 25, 2016 - Petaluma CA

Monday’s drive from Verdi up over the mountains and past Lake Tahoe, then around Sacramento was uneventful and took us from a high of over 7,000 feet to our present elevation of 108’ - according to the GPS – in Petaluma about an hour north of San Francisco. Tuesday was a busy day. Friends that we met in Michigan when we bought this coach back in 2013, and that we tracked down in Saco, Maine last fall, are working at this KOA. And since they made the mistake of telling us that, we tracked them down again. We had breakfast with them then hit...

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May 1, 2016 - Petaluma, CA

We landed at the Petaluma KOA while the house was in escrow and plan to stay here awhile. While in Petaluma waiting for the house to close escrow, we took a bus tour of SF. Having lived most of our lives in SF, it was surprising to see some areas on the tour that we hadn't been to while living our lives there. Some highlights of the tour: of course the Golden Gate Bridge, the view from the observation deck of the De Young Museum, lunch at Scomas at Fisherman's wharf, the Height-Ashbury area, Pacific Heights with all its views, & finally the...

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Apr 20, 2016 - Silicon Valley

One of the reasons our Aussie friend Al gravitated toward our podcast is Ken’s frequent advice, comments and rants about various technology issues, RV related and otherwise. For him this made a stop here in the Silicon Valley a special treat. So, where other tourists might have spent their time on the beautiful beaches, we have made a pilgrimage from one tech mecca to another. We started at 1 Infinite Loop, an address well known to lovers of the Mac. There is a special store on the campus that sells items not generally available in other...

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Sep 9, 2015 - San Francisco, California

When we were driving to Napa we heard our RV brakes making a noise. I researched online where we might be able to get them repaired near our next stop. Of course being a holiday weekend, there was no place open. I was able to email a place in Petaluma and ask for their help. On Tuesday when they opened, they called and said they would work us in. We had to stay in the RV over night at the repair shop but they completed the job the next day. What a blessing that we found a place only 4 miles form the campground who would do the job the day...

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Jun 26, 2015 - Heat rising to Petaluma

We rose early and got on the road in anticipation of the drive taking longer than the distance would indicate. As anticipated the first part was slow as we negotiated the bends on the way north on California State Highway 1. Only a delusional engineer could call this a highway. We joined highway 128 and it wound its way through redwood forests for the first 15 miles. It then improved somewhat, but only sporadic patches had shoulders. The change in temperature was quite remarkable. It was 17 when we left the coast and we did not climb very...

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May 17, 2015 - Redding Stopover

Not much to report today. A travel day and stopover before heading to Grants Pass, OR. We are staying at the Redding Elks RV Park. 20 sites with Electric, Water, WiFi & Cable. Dump Station. They also have a pool here, but it was too cold to swim today. Will spend 2 days in Grants Pass, then on to Portland for a couple of days. Later, you all! Darryl, Carole, Burt & Arlene

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May 16, 2015 - Petaluma Street Fair & Carshow

Another beautiful day in Petaluma. Slept in until 8:30, had leisurely breakfast, sat and read until after lunch, then headed to Old Town Petaluma. An updated area of the city with, of course, upscale restaurants, antique shops, etc. There was a car show, street fair and Farmers Market today. We drove into the town, were lucky enough to find parking and walked through the car show. It was HUGE! It would have taken us all day to see it all. Cars of every type. Restored, modified, souped-up, customized, etc. We took a few pictures of some ars...

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May 15, 2015 - Visiting Santa Rosa

After a dreary, rainy day Thursday, it dawned cool but clear this morning. We took off for Santa Rosa as we heard there was a nice little town square and good restaurants. It took some trouble, but after a few false starts, we found Railroad Square. About a four block area of antique stores, thrift stores, and restaurants. Did some shopping. Bought things we don't need, and had a great lunch at The Omelette Express. We all had the daily Special, Cheeseburger on brioche, with guacamole and soup or salad. All but Carole had the tomato bisque...

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May 13, 2015 - Dinner with Don & Leishia

Here we are after dinner outside of Garibaldi's. Great restaurant, wonderful dinner. Had a great time with Don & Leishia. The drive from Petaluma to SF was interesting, to say the least. Going to SF we are going 55 to 60 MPH, while watching the very heavy traffic going the opposite way. I mean VERY HEAVY traffic. Some of the line ups at off ramps were at least 100 cars long! Luckily, by the time we headed back, we were cruising at 65 the whole way. Great ride across the Golden Gate Bridge. Just as beautiful at 5:50 as at 9:00 PM! Not sure...

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May 13, 2015 - Petaluma

Whew! We made it through Oakland unscathed! What traffic! What drivers! 144 miles from Salinas to Petaluma. The Elks Lodge RV Park here is very nice. Everything but cable TV. Not very near a freeway, train tracks or airport! WOW! Here until Sunday AM then on to Redding. Last stop in CA before crossing into Oregon. Burt and Arlene are heading to the city to scope out things. Carole & I will relax here until time to drive into SF to have dinner with Don & Leishia at Garibaldis. Looking forward to seeing them, but not the drive in, around and...

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Sep 28, 2014 - Cleanup, fixup

We took the day off from sightseeing to do some housekeeping chores. We found a new shopping center not too far away with all the good stores -- Target, Home Goods, Kirkland, Sprouts (!), plus the requisite Starbucks, Chipotle, and lots of others. We picked up food, human and feline, and came back to clean and vacuum and reorganize so we can leave in the morning to head to Yosemite. We've been told that any fires there are small and under control and all roads are open. Let's hope so.

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Sep 27, 2014 - North of Napa

After studying all the propaganda we picked up in Sonoma yesterday, we picked out a couple of wineries we thought might be good candidates for a couple of relaxed, and not-too-expensive, wine tastings. Since it was a weekend, we knew the traffic would be worse than yesterday -- had no idea how much worse though. We stopped at Napa Cellars/Menage a Trois. It is a really pretty and unpretentious place. Some of these wineries look like European castles and the prices for tastings reflect the surroundings, apparently. But we took our time and...

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