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Napa Valley Exposition RV Park

Napa, CA Website: http://www.napavalleyexpo.com/rv-park.php Overview: This is a very well maintained RV park near downtown Napa. We were pleasantly surprised by its quality. The sites are very well taken care of. We really liked our home base here as we explored Napa Valley and even San Francisco. Campsites: Level, paved pull through or back in sites with full hook-ups (30/50 amp, water, sewer). Sites have nice grass patio areas with picnic tables. They are fairly well spaced enabling some privacy. Amenities: Laundry facility and bathrooms. This campground is on the Expo grounds so you can walk to any events going on. In addition it is only a 10-15 minute walk to downtown Napa. Pet friendly: Yes Internet:  Free public Wi-Fi at all sites. Good cellular signals. Price:  $45-50/night full hook-up Rating: 4/5  

By |February 17th, 2015|Categories: CA, RV Resort Review|0 Comments

Thankful in Bolinas

Bolinas, CA November 26-December 3, 2014 As Thanksgiving was just days away we decided to have a true family and friends Thanksgiving dinner. Just because you live in an RV doesn’t mean that you can’t have a gourmet home cooked dinner! A close friend from our hometown of DeRuyter, New York lives in Bolinas, California and graciously invited us to share in his Thanksgiving meal. He also allowed us to experience our first RV driveway surfing. It was a little scary driving Atreyu (the RV) down 10 miles of California’s winding Highway 1, but we safely arrived in our luxury driveway RV site. Upon arrival our gracious host, Steve Trivelpiece, gave us a tour of the hip, laid back, coastal town of Bolinas. This is truly a one of a kind artsy town! Not to mention that it has an amazing view of downtown San Francisco from its beach. But there is no reason for you to go here, as there is nothing to see ;) That evening we had a delicious home cooked dinner as the ingredients were all local and fresh because they were purchased from the most amazing roadside farm stand. We really enjoyed our evening catching up with Steve, Becca, and Satchel! We even learned that our Thanksgiving meal was to be cooked by a professional chef, Becca Trivelpiece! How lucky are we! So Thanksgiving arrived and we were not disappointed! Steve and Becca hosted a Thanksgiving meal for about 30 people. We indulged in local wine, cheese, crab, heritage turkeys, and too many to name wonderful side dishes and desserts. Did I mention marvelous local wine? Thanks Brian. We met so many remarkable people, and we all had [...]

By |February 11th, 2015|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Olema Campground

Olema, CA Website: http://www.olemacampground.net/ Overview: This is a quaint campground near Point Reyes National Seashore. It is located on California’s Highway 1 and is surrounded by many cool small towns. It has a small creek that surrounds the campground. Unfortunately, during high rain season this creek floods and consequently floods most of the campground. The owners are wonderful and very accommodating. They try to manage the rainwater to the best of their abilities. Campsites: 26 full hook up sites (30/50 amp, water, sewer) and 54 partial hook ups (30 amp, water). Sites are gravel and fairly level. Each site has a picnic table and fire ring. Most sites have shade and privacy trees/shrubs. Amenities: Playground, bathhouses, horseshoes, volleyball, shuffleboard, Clubroom and kitchen for groups, dump station, honey wagon, propane refill station, Laundromat, ATM, visitor information, and U.S. Post Office Pet friendly: Yes. There is a small fenced in Dog Park. Internet:  Free Wi-Fi available, variable cell phone signals Price:  $40-49/night Rating: 3/5

By |February 11th, 2015|Categories: CA, RV Resort Review|0 Comments

Sonoma Wine Country

Cloverdale, CA November 19-26, 2014 From mountains to vineyards,  we descended our mystical mountain location for a taste of California wine country. Of course when we left it was raining…I know California really needs it. We drove over Lake Shasta and saw first hand the reality of the California drought. This large lake is now just a little river! The massive bridges seemed unnecessary, as the lake was dry. We will see if we can bring more rain to this drought stricken state. I can’t believe the rain is finally here! Yada..yada..yada. As we approached the coast we were happy to see more greenery, but the Russian River was not as mighty as we had hoped. We aptly set up shop and went to eat at a local Thai restaurant, and it did not disappoint. I’ll keep this post fairly short since for the next week all we really did is eat, drink, and genuinely be merry. We pickled our livers with the fresh taste of local wine tastings, and wow is there more than enough of the drink in the area. From underground caverns to wide-open vineyards, we perused, tasted, and brought a few bottles home. Neither one of us would consider ourselves winos but as with most things the more we try the more we buy. While in the area we also enjoyed Santa Rosa, which has some great breweries like the Russian River and 3rd Street Tap. It also has a nice historic downtown. We find that oftentimes walking the streets visiting the shops is the best medicine for over indulging. After all the gluttony we thought it would be nice to reconnect with spirit so [...]

By |February 6th, 2015|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Russian River RV Campground (Thousand Trails)

Cloverdale, CA Website: http://www.rvonthego.com/california/russian-river-rv-campground/ Overview: This a campground located near beautiful Sonoma County. It lies along the Russian River and has great river access. You are amongst amazing California vineyards. There are also many quaint historic towns nearby. We enjoyed the location of this park. It is an only a 30-45 minute drive to the city Santa Rosa. Campsites: Each site has water and 30 amp electric hook-ups. There are no sewer hook-ups in this park. Sites are variable but each is packed earth or paved. Most are not very level and small. We had a hard time finding an available site for our 35-foot motorhome. Most are shaded with trees.   Each site has a picnic table. Wood fires are not allowed in the park. Amenities: Dump station, propane refill station, lodge, bathhouses, outdoor laundry facilities, river access and fishing (with permit), playground, horseshoe pits, basketball, volleyball, and game room. Pet friendly: Yes, but they must be kept on a leash. Internet:  Variable cell phone signals. Public Wi-Fi at the lodge. Price:  non-member $47/night Rating: 2/5

By |February 6th, 2015|Categories: CA, RV Resort Review|0 Comments

Mount Shasta

November 12-18,2014 We were very sad to leave Bend so quickly, but very happy to be in Mount Shasta. This holy mountain has been pulling us to her for some time now. And she didn’t disappoint! Upon arrival, Wade set to work fixing the thermostat. I am very blessed with Wade’s handyman skills. Not only does he save us a lot of money, but also fixes the essentials when we are in a bind.  So after pulling apart most of the wiring in the RV we once again had a functioning thermostat and electric heater! Just in time to bunker into the polar vortex. Mount Shasta is a very cute, artsy, new age town. We thoroughly enjoyed all the local art, crystal shops, bookstores, and coffee shops. We even stocked up on more crystals, I mean rocks, and loved hearing about the local lore of the Lemurians. I think we even saw several Lemurians ourselves during our weeklong stay. If you are interested in alternate Earth culture and history you should look into Lemurians and Telos! Our real reason for visiting Mount Shasta was not to shop, but to explore this beautiful mountain. Mount Shasta is one of the southernmost volcanoes in the Cascade Range and the second tallest of this range. She sits like a diamond amongst all the surrounding low hills. And much of this area is national forest land. It is true beauty! Our first hike was to Horse Camp, which is a base camp for Mount Shasta mountain climbers. We chose a day that was very cold and snowy to climb this trail, which created a very magical hike! The forest was quiet and the top of Mount Shasta [...]

By |February 4th, 2015|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Mount Shasta City KOA

Mount Shasta, CA Website: http://koa.com/campgrounds/mount-shasta/ Overview: This is a very nice KOA RV resort in downtown Mount Shasta, California. The location is ideal as you can walk to the downtown shops and restaurants and can see Mt Shasta from the campground. We do not stay at too many KOAs as in our experience they are properly known as ‘Kamping On Asphalt’. However, this campground is an exception to the rule. It is wooded and has a lot of character. We enjoyed our stay. Campsites: Level, gravel pull through sites with full hook-ups (30/50 amp, water, sewer). Each site has a picnic table. Most have some shade trees. Spacing is fairly close. Amenities: Cabin rental, country store, seasonal pool, playground, game room, group fire pit, tent sites, laundry, horseshoe pits, shuffleboard, and basketball court. Pet friendly: Yes, but they must be on a leash. Internet:  Free Wi-Fi and good cell phone signals Price:  $36/night Rating: 3/5

By |February 4th, 2015|Categories: CA, RV Resort Review|0 Comments

A series of unfortunate events in Bend, Oregon

November 11-12, 2014 When the universe wants you to be somewhere else, the easiest thing to do is to go. Bend is a town that many travelers along the way have told us we would love. We had been looking forward to exploring Bend since we arrived on the west coast. We arrived in Bend a little weary from the drive, but our main concern was freezing in place as the first polar vortex of the season was quickly approaching.  We’ve had this happen a few times along the way and each time has been the same, not fun. This time we thought we would be better prepared, so virtually upon arrival we set off to the local hardware store to buy some heat tape and a safe heatproof water hose. We set them up and hoped for the best. It got in the teens that night and in the morning we were once again frozen in place. Despite our new heated water hose the water froze under the RV, in the walls or floor, so there really is nothing we can do not to freeze at these temperatures. Bummer. Frozen in place we set out to see if we could figure out how to better keep ourselves warm. Shortly after poking around with the water we realized that our furnace was not kicking on. One of our temperature sensors was reading 103 degrees, the max. Our furnace runs off this sensor but since the max temperature we can set is 90 degrees it would never turn on. Great. Frozen water and no furnace, this was our omen to leave and fast before the snow hits and gets us stuck into place. You would think [...]

By |January 24th, 2015|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Bend-Sunriver RV Camping (Thousand Trails)

Bend, OR Website: http://www.thousandtrails.com/oregon/bend-sunriver-rv-campground/ Overview: This is a very nice RV park about 20-30 minutes to downtown Bend. The sites are fairly large with lots of shade trees. The Little Deschutes River runs through the property. Unfortunately, we only stayed one night at this resort due to freezing temperatures. Campsites: Level gravel/dirt pads with water and 30-amp electricity. There are no sewer hookups available; however there are 2 dump stations on the property. Each site has plenty of trees providing shade and privacy. Each site has a picnic table and fire ring. Amenities: Old west themed Welcome Center, family lodge, pool, hot tub, miniature golf, tennis courts, gazebo, laundry center, bathhouses, playground, horseshoe pits, RV storage, multiple dump stations, and cabin rental. Pet friendly: Yes. Unfenced field area for pet walking or off leash play. Internet:  Wi-Fi available at the lodge. Price:  non-member $41/night Rating: 3/5

By |January 24th, 2015|Categories: OR, RV Resort Review|0 Comments

Armitage Park Campground

Eugene, OR Website: http://www.lanecounty.org/Departments/PW/Parks/Pages/Armitage%20Park%20Information%20Page.aspx Overview: This is a gem of an RV park in near downtown Eugene.   The sites are very nice and well maintained. It is a short drive to downtown Eugene or to the RV repair/factory facilities. For a more detailed review check out fellow RV blogger Wheelingit’s review here. Campsites: Full hook-up (30/50 amp, water, sewer) paved sites. Back in and pull through sites are available. The sites are nicely spaced and have lots of shade trees. Each site has a fire pit and picnic table. Amenities: Bathhouses, laundry room, hiking trails, river access, fantastic dog park, boat ramp, volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, and picnic areas. Pet friendly: Yes! There is a fantastic large fenced in dog park at this county park. Internet:  Great cellular signals and public Wi-Fi is also available. Price:  $30-33/night Rating: 4/5

By |January 22nd, 2015|Categories: OR, RV Resort Review|0 Comments