Finally, a road trip!

We started our trip to Oregon with a stop to see family, north of Los Angeles. We BBQ'd, drank a lot of beer, and, had a lot of laughs with my cousin and sister, and their families. 

 The next day, we drove through Santa Barbara, and up to Pismo Beach. We were a couple of hours early for check in, so we found a park and waited there, and had lunch. That's one benefit of having a small rig, we can park almost anywhere. Paul wanted to drive down onto the beach, because it's one of the few places in California that you can actually drive out onto the sand, but I was too scared of getting stuck. Fully loaded, as we are, we weigh in around 14,000 pounds. Our campsite was really close to the dunes and beach. It was nice to be back in the humid salt air, after being in the dry mountain climate for so long. Fiona was happy to romp around in the sand, like she used to.

 Sandy trying to discipline Fi at Pismo Beach. Fi takes bites out of the sand when she doesn't want to behave!

Sandy trying to discipline Fi at Pismo Beach. Fi takes bites out of the sand when she doesn't want to behave!

 Fi barking at her scolding!

Fi barking at her scolding!

 The next day we drove up the coast to Santa Cruz. Our campsite was right on the beach. Too bad we had only scheduled to stay there one night.

 Nice camping spot in Santa Cruz.

Nice camping spot in Santa Cruz.

 We got up early on Sunday morning to drive through San Francisco. Luckily, the traffic wasn't bad. Not knowing the area, I made reservations for the next night a little too far away. We had to drive through a twisting mountain road back to the coast, although the scenery was beautiful. 

 Driving over the Oakland Bay Bridge. Only $5!

Driving over the Oakland Bay Bridge. Only $5!

 Our next stop was on the Albion River. It was a simple campground, but right where the river feeds into the Pacific Ocean. It was nice and quiet and had beautiful views.

 The Albion River Bridge. Above our camp.

The Albion River Bridge. Above our camp.

 Wood and cement bridge above the campground.

Wood and cement bridge above the campground.

 There were some beautiful old trees, weathered by the sea.

There were some beautiful old trees, weathered by the sea.

 Albion River flowing into the  Pacific Ocean next to our camp.

Albion River flowing into the  Pacific Ocean next to our camp.

 Today, we drove up through Eureka, which is a bigger city than we thought, but had some questionably looking folk walking around! We decided to stay at a casino outside of town. The area is called Blue Lake, but the casino is located right next to a sewage treatment plant, so we have dubbed it Blue Lake with brown trout. Hey, what do you want for free RV parking?

 Tomorrow, we head back toward Interstate 5, since the coastal road is taking longer than I had planned. I want to get to Wanda's house in Bend, OR before the weekend. We've found that 3-4 hours driving a day is about right. Next stop, Whiskeytown National Recreational Area! (I hope they have Fireball!)