Haloween to Thanksgiving
Trip Start Sep 25, 2007
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Well I can't believe it's been 3 weeks since I updated the log, the days have been flying. The rate they are going we'll be home before you know it.
We left Justin and Shars the day after Halloween, Nov 1st with a view to explore some Californian parks and lakes without driving too far as we have to be back at Justin's for Thanksgiving. (today Nov 22nd).
We loaded up our gear and bikes along with our 2.5 kg bucket of vegemite we brought on-line for $50 delivered and left the next day. We headed East back to the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas where we boondoked first night at Wal-mart in Sonora. Provisioned up in the morning and camped first at new Maloneys Lake for 2 nights.
We moved the next day to lake Camanche where we had a full hook up for 1 night $38 bucks against the $12-$16 we had been paying for bare camping so of we went next day in search of another campsite on the water. We headed south through farmland to Woodward dam where we had a whole peninsula camping area to ourselves with the water lapping right up to our site. They were drawing domestic water from here so we weren't allowed to swim or even wade in the water, boats were allowed so the boys decided bikes were OK and had a bit of fun.
After stocking up provisions we headed Southwest to Del Valle SRP (State recreational Park). Lake was low and the camp site was set in the valley alongside the dry riverbed. It was a nice setting and like most of the places we had it almost to ourselves. Plenty of big pines and oaks, lots of squirrels and Bev saw a Mountain Lion. We drove down to the Lake the next day and Fished a bit before heading off again in search of another new back yard for the night.
North today up into the hills near the Castro Valley to Lake Chabot regional Park with some nice views to the Southwest and suburban East bay area. Too far from the water here so off we go again the next day heading Southwest to Monterey. This has been the furthest we have traveled in a day since we left 2 weeks ago, 140 miles, thats the thing about this place is that unless you're in the desert there is something else to see just around every corner almost. We hit Highway1 the coast road just North of Monterey and headed South through Monterey and Carmel. Some of the mansions built into and along the cliffs here are Amazing. Pretty prime real estate through here. South of Carmel Heights along the rugged coastline the drive is amazing, Narrow roads and bridges with rugged cliffs and huge drop offs didn't allow me to soak up as much of the scenery as I would have liked as we drove. It's a pretty famous stretch of road a lot of movies have been shot along it. We passed what looked like a film crew set up near one of the bridges with a couple of highway patrol boys w/flashing lights as an escort.
The weather we are taking for granted, because it seems every day has been sunny and warms to the mid twenties, followed by cool evenings perfect for campfires with lows mostly around 10 degrees just before dawn. We are all sleeping well with nice warm duvets and a hit with the furnace just before we get up.
We all loved Big Sur, the kids in the river with their wooden boats they whittled themselves, racing each other down the rapids. Mum and Dad sitting reading in the warm sunshine. Bev is onto her second novel and I have read about 6 already in the last 3 weeks about 5 more than I have managed to read in the last 3 years.
We dropped anchor about halfway around Monterey Bay at Sunshine Beach state Park. The campsite was high in the dunes overlooking the ocean. Too far to walk so in the morning we took the RV down to the beach car park where we parked right behind the beach dunes with picnic tables right at our door and cooked up breakfast.
A leisurely 30 miles back to Justin's Wednesday the 21st ready for thanksgiving today. Turkeys in the oven as I write.
Happy holiday to you all, will write again soon.
Love from us all.
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