For our “long trip” this year…a blissful 10 days Camping in the Big White Box (BWB), we made a loop from the San Francisco Bay Area, up Interstate 5 to the Grants Pass area, then over to Florence and the Oregon Dunes, then down to the Redwoods just north of Garberville, before heading home after a visit with cousins in Petaluma.
We left on a Thursday to beat the weekend traffic out of the Bay Area, stopping in Vacaville for some excellent clam chowder in a sour dough bread bowl at Boudin’s.
We spent the first night in Red Bluff at Dorango RV Resort, a very nice place to stay. It is located right on the Sacramento River and has a very nice club and pool area.
The next morning we were off early to Oregon and the Medford/Gold Hill KOA, our base for the next two days. That afternoon we visited the historic town of Jacksonville, Oregon. It’s a beautiful little town that has changed little in the last 100 years, and we took the last trolley tour to see some of the sights. We also stopped by Pony Espresso for some great coffee.
The next day we drove to Grants Pass for a ride down the Rogue River on a jet boat (Hellgate Jet Boat Excursion). That’s right! No propellers, 1200 hp, and only 6 inches of water needed to propel these boats down the river…really fast! We enjoyed the ride and also the great brunch at the half-way point.
On the way back we paired up with another boat and chased each other all the way home. Several times the boat in the lead would do a 360 in front of the other boat and everyone would get sprayed with water as they passed through the wake. I will definitely do that again the next time we are passing through.
Our destination was Florence, Oregon, and the Jessie Honeyman State Park, which is part of the Oregon Dunes. We visited there for five days with my wife’s brother and sister and their spouses. We had a great time visiting, and we enjoyed hikes and kayaking while there.
We intended to rent some quads for a day, but time got away from us!
We did make it to the Heceta Head Lighthouse (http://hecetalighthouse.com), however.
It’s so picturesque, there were about a dozen artists painting pictures while we were there!
We always finish our visit here with a visit to Moe’s for clam chowder, and this trip was true to form. While the food was not quite as good as usual, we still enjoyed the meal.
On our way back home, we traveled down 101 and stayed in the redwoods at Giant Redwoods RV Park. The park was Just OK, but we really enjoyed our drive through the Avenue of the Giants, driving THROUGH a redwood tree, and visiting the little town of Scotia, built by the Pacific Lumber Company and one of the last company towns in the US.
The last stop on our vacation was a visit with my cousin in Petaluma. We all went to the Habit for great hamburgers and conversation. We had just got to know each other better at a family reunion in AZ in June, so it was a real treat to get together with the whole family.
Before we knew it, it was time to return home. On the way, we both realized we were not ready for the trip to be over, but such is life. However, we are looking forward to our next trip to the Yosemite Valley in August!