Category Archives: June 2013 Trip

June 17 – 23, 2013 – Ashland, OR

We arrived in Ashland on June 16 after a long drive from Bodega Bay.  We were really tired and decided to treat our selves to a Mexican dinner at a restaurant within walking distance of the RV Park.

MexicanSi Casa Flores is in the small strip mall next to the RV Park.  It was really good and had beautiful murals on the walls. I almost went back to ask the owners if I could come in and take some pics, but chickened out.

Park from above

Here is a view of the RV park taken from the bridge over Bear Creek.

BearCreek2Bear Creek which runs next to the park.  When we first began coming here in the Roadtrek we parked next to the creek, but we park in the center of the park now in Rose. Most of the slots next to the creek are too small for Rose.Rose in Phoenix

Since we were going to be in the Ashland area for about a week, we put Rose’s awning down, got our lawn chairs setup and put up Ace’s pen on top of a mat. There were more burrs here and I was trying to keep them out of his fur. It reduced the number, but every time he was walked he had to be de-burred.AshlandDowntown Ashland; the large white building on the left is the Ashland Springs Hotel. The Festival is closed on Mondays, so we drove into Ashland and picked up our tickets from the box office and just wandered around.

We had tickets to two plays, both matinees and both indoors.  We decided against plays in the Elizabethan theater this trip because the weather was a bit unstable, both cooler and wetter than we had expected.


 We decided we didn’t want to leave Ace inside the trailer while we were at the theater.  We checked Yelp for Doggy Day care and found a highly rated facility about 5 minutes from the RV park.  When we picked him up after the theater he was exhausted.  🙂

Thomas TheaterOn Tuesday we saw “The Unfortunates” at the Thomas Theater.  The Thomas theater is the newest and smallest of the 3 Oregon Shakespeare Festival theater.  “The Unfortunates” is a world premiere musical.  “A musical pilgrimage through uniquely American genres delivers five prisoners to salvation — or at least keeps the terror at bay. Facing an uncertain end, they bring to life the story of Big Joe, a tough bartender who risks everything to save the armless courtesan Rae from a deadly plague.”

Bowmer TheatreOn Wednesday, we saw “My Fair Lady” at the Bowmer theater and Ace spent another day at doggy day care. The Bowmer is the largest of the two indoor theaters.  A musical, acting and singing; It was a great play!

GreenShowWhen we were hanging around the Festival Plaza we saw these young girls practicing for the Green Show. The Green Show is free entertainment offered 6 nights a week while the Elizabethan stage is running (June-October).Sleeping PupAce after a day a puppy day care. Note his use of a cushion as a head rest.  This in a Westie behavior; we belong to the East Bay Westies Meetup group and we see numerous photos of Westies and their chin rest there.  🙂LithiaPark Lithia Park, at one end of the Plaza in Ashland, was designed by John McLaren, landscape architect of the Golden Gate Park.Leaving AshlandThe view from HWY 5 when leaving Ashland, on our way back to the Bay Area. We spent Sunday night in Vacaville so we could drop Rose off at the new Airstream dealer in Fairfield first thing Monday morning.Agricultural StationAn Agricultural checkpoint when entering California.  Because Agriculture is such an important park of California’s economy there are such checkpoints whenever you enter the state. ClassAA class A motorhome with it’s toad (the towed car).  Motorhomes are divided into 3 classes:  Class A, the big buses, Class B, van conversions, like our Roadtrek, and Class C, built on what is known as a cutaway van chassis. Airstream FairfieldInside the Fairfield Airstream dealership,  which is a huge warehouse structure. The night before we put all our stuff in the BBT, big black truck, so we could drop Rose off to have the warranty work done.NilesCanyonWe returned to Fremont via the scenic route which goes through Niles Canyon.


June 16 – from Bodega Bay to Ashland, OR

AshlandIt was an interesting trip from Bodega Bay to Ashland, OR because Bodega Bay is on the Pacific Coast and HWY 5, the main route to Ashland, is in mid state.  There was no direct route, rather we had to meander our way to HWY 5. CA1 to the Valley Fort/Petaluma Rd to Hwy 101 to Hwy 37 to Hwy 80 to Hwy 505 and finally Hwy 5 all the way to Oregon!


Driving through West Sonoma county. Like West Marin it’s agricultural and undeveloped. It is why driving the North California coast is so enjoyable.

505A total change – 505 to Hwy 5.  Showing the golden fields and hills that makes California the Golden State.

TravelingPupAce is a great traveler, except he does not want to stay in his puppy seat.  He just has enough give in the leash that connects him to the seat belt that he can get out of the puppy seat and into the middle of the back seat.  Sometimes he gets out at a different angle and can’t move and I have to release the seat belt and he promptly climbs into the front seat and my lap. Happy Westie!

Hwy5HWY 5 is not very scenic until you get to around Red Bluff and Redding and then it gets a lot more interesting.  Still very hot but slowly climbing thru the foothills and then the Trinity Alps which separate Redding from the Shasta Valley.ShastaLake

After Redding is Lake Shasta. It is fairly low this year because we have had a very dry winter. Strange weather actually, a dry winter followed by rain in late June. Rain this late in the season is almost unheard of.Mt.ShastaMount Shasta and it’s sister peak, Shastina. We are nearing the southern edge of the Shasta Valley.BlackButteBlack Butte is a large black cinder cone north of Mount Shasta.


The Siskiyou range separates Northern California from Souther Oregon. It is about an hour from Yreka at the north end of the Shasta Valley and Ashland in southern Oregon.

IMG_4255When visiting Ashland and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival we stay at the Holiday RV Park in Phoenix, OR. Phoenix is about 10 miles north of Ashland and sits between 99 and 5.

June 14-15, 2013 – Bodega Bay

map-BodegaBayOn Friday morning we left Samuel P Taylor and headed for CA 1 and Bodega Bay.  It was only about an hour and a half drive, so we had a leisurely morning  in the park and arrived at the RV park in Bodega Bay around 1 PM.

We took Sir Francis Drake to Olema, where we turned right onto California One and headed north.


PointReyesStationThe first small town we passed through was Point Reyes Reyes Station.


Continuing north we drove along Tomales Bay.HWY1Highway One is a beautiful winding road that hugs the CA coast.dinucci's

We driving through Valley Ford we passed Dinucci’s, an old style Italian restaurant, where we had many enjoyable dinners when we lived in Petaluma and San Rafael.

AgricultureWest Marin and Sonoma are zoned agricultural, which maintains the rural atmosphere of the area.

RoseRamblin’ Rose at the Porto Bodega Marina & RV Park.


This is an interesting RV park in that it is located next to a marina. The 5th wheel parked next to us had a big crab pot.  They went out crabbing in the morning and came back and had a crab lunch.


We had a wonderful seafood dinner that evening at Lucas Wharf Restaurant.

Mark           Dixie

Here we are waiting for dinner to be served.


Ace had his first beach experience.


Seaweed – good to roll in; Saltwater – Yuk.

WalkThe next morning dawned foggy; Mark took Ace for a walk before it burned off.

BaseballGameThat afternoon Mark and Ace watched the baseball game.

DogOutsideThe 5th wheel next door had a big black dog; here is Ace checking him out.

The next morning, Sunday, we left for Ashland, OR and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

June 11, 2013 – Samuel P Taylor Park

Samuel P TaylorThis is our first trip since my knee replacement surgery.  Because of that we are not sure how long it will last.  We have definite plans to go to Samuel P Taylor Park in West Marin and then on to Bodega Bay on the seaside in Sonoma.

It is a short drive from Fremont to Samuel P Taylor State Park, only an hour and 20 minutes.

Ace had a great time, because much of the drive was on Sir Francis Drake driving through Marin and his window was down allowing him to have the full dog experience. Having his head out the window to catch all the exotic, to him, scents.

AceOutWindowWe soon spotted the entrance to the park and pulled in.  The roads were clearly marked allowing us to easily find our spot. Samuel P Taylor is set in a redwood grove, very impressive, with all the big trees.

Our space was perfect, a pull through that fit both Rose and our tow vehicle. On top of a little hill with a nice view.

RoseRedwoodsAs soon as we arrived we took Ace out for a walk to check out the Orchard Hill Campground where we were located.  When we returned and looked at our puppy we realized that he was covered with burs.  He did not enjoy them being removed. I found them were from a plant with small blue flowers, which we then avoided as much as possible. Burrs

Besides being in the redwoods, the park also has streams where salmon run.  We discovered one while walking around the park.  It was marked with this sign.

SalmonSignWe have friends who live in Fairfax, about 20 minutes from the park.  We have known them since we lived in San Rafael, over 20 years ago.  They lived across the street from us in a large yellow Victorian house. We spend an afternoon with them, drinking wine and watching Ace chase around their huge back yard.  We had a great salmon dinner with them, yum. This is the view of their house from the back.WalkupHouseAce was really happy, a big yard to run around and  Squirrels! I think this was the highlight of the trip so far for him.  Here he is in mid chase.

SquireelBabs and Dave are Giants fans, as Mark and I are.  Here is Bab’s modeling her Romo jersey.  Go Giants!!!RomoJersey

The next day Mark and Ace met the owner of a 1961 Bambi parked down the hill from us.Meet&Greet

LockLater that morning when I went out and closed the trailer door, the lock failed.  Ace and both our phones were locked in the trailer with us outside! We had just joined the Good Sam Roadside Assistance program and their number was on the trailer.  Mark borrowed a phone from the owner of the Bambi and called them.  Two hours later an locksmith from Berkley showed up.  He picked the lock, but the door still did not open.  He punched the lock cylinder out, but it still did not open.  It took him another 45 minutes to get the door open! Now we have an empty hole where the door lock should be! But, we still have a dead bolt to secure the trailer.

This was our last day at the park and Friday morning we were back on the road headed up HWY 1 to Bodega Bay.