We are staying at Richardson Grove RV Park. It is a Passport America park with 30 amps, water and sewer. No WIFI or cable at this park but it is only 16.50 per night and even though the PA site says two day minimum they allow you to stay longer if no events are happening. The big down side is no over the air TV channels (not too much of a biggie for us were it not for the Olympics. Another issue is we only get 1X on our Verizon WIFI – at least it is a strong 1X.
The park is convenient to the town of Garberville and to the Avenue of Giants. We tried to take part of the Avenue of Giants on the way down here but the 4 mile segment we took was not real big-rig friendly so we got back on California Highway 101 for the remainder of the 140 mile drive south.
We parked in site 65, a pull through with a small tree that apparently needed a bit of a trim job to accommodate Abbey properly. The first day we drove over to Garberville to check the town out. Interesting little town with an interesting vibe… we couldn’t put our finger on what the vibe was, but as we wandered the streets it became apparent that we had found Marijuana Central in California. Later reading attested to the fact that Humboldt County has a wee bit of a problem with the wacky weed…
The next day we elected to drive up the entire Avenue of Giants, an alternate scenic route off 101. One can really never tire of seeing these majestic trees. The enormous bases taper to a skinny top some 300 plus feet above. Their fine leaves allowing shimmers of light to escape the foliage overhead to the fern ground below. I really never thought redwoods had different sexes until I saw the tree to the right… hmmmmm…. These are some mighty big trees and after hundreds of years they take on some mysterious shapes. One large specimen tree had fallen and was cut in two with the diameter of the piece cut being greater than 18 feet some 25 feet above its base. And look at Sharon standing beside the upended tree
We noticed a side rode that cut off of the Avenue of Giants and took it only to discover it ended at the Eel Rive where we were able drive to the river’s edge. The maples along the banks were exquisitely backlit by the warming sun. Taking full advantage of temperatures in the mid 80’s combined with the blue green waters of the Eel River we got our chairs out and enjoyed some relaxing time by the water… inspecting rocks, rock juggling, and skipping stones on the river like children. Fun, fun, fun…. what can we say?!
A glorious day ended with a nice glass of wine and a great dinner of Emeril Lagasse's beef stroganoff… But now we have a bit of a dilemma as we still need to get to the San Francisco area for Sharon’s six week follow-up appointment to check her surgically repaired fractured wrist. The spot I planned to stay at next was the Santa Rosa Fairgrounds, but alas the annual county fair is happening there this week so we will have to go to plan B… If only we knew what it was! So we may have to stay here another day to figure out where we will go next, ahhhh the life of full timing…
Any suggestions for a place to stay near the San Francisco Bay area???