California love

Trip Start Aug 03, 2010
Trip End Nov 02, 2010

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

It was hard to want to leave our heated yurt in the morning, plus Brit was almost done with Harry Potter No. 2, and didn't want to get into the car until she had finished.

We finally did get ourselves and our gear into the car and headed out to check out the Oregon Dunes before we crossed the California border. The following is probably the biggest mishap that occurred on our entire 3 month road trip (and it isn’t even that bad, although it could have been): about 30 minutes away from our camp site, we heard something hit the back windshield. Brit looked back and noticed the blue camping tarp hanging half-way out the Rocket Box! A second later, the tarp few from the top of our car onto the street, along with Mickey’s sleeping bag. Ah! We had forgotten to lock the Rocket Box shut. Mickey quickly pulled over, and Brit ran along the side of the road to pick up our lost goods. Her most unnerving moment was watching a semi-truck run over the tarp, but no harm done.

Although we "discussed" who was to blame for not locking the Rocket Box, we mainly discussed our luck, in not permanently losing any of our things (a mug did get pretty banged up, but it was a free one from Texas), or harming another car/person.

We stopped several times on the way to the California border, mostly for pretty views of the sand dunes and the ocean. We also stopped for a yummy crab cake sandwich in Gold Beach, Oregon.

Finally, we crossed back into our very own home state where we had begun our epic journey. Our 3-month trip around the US (and a bit of Canada) was coming to a close, and some pleasant nostalgia was beginning to set in. . . until we got to our campsite of choice in Redwood State/National Park and saw the nightly campsite fee: $33! And they didn’t recognize Mickey’s Golden Access Pass! Who were these people?!?! We had paid $35 for an entire yurt with full heating and electricity in Oregon! I guess $33 is what it costs to camp in our favorite state.

On principle we decided to look for another campsite, and found a California Regional (not State) Campsite a few miles away, for only $12 for a night.

After setting up our tent, we still had plenty of daylight so we took a walk around the grounds and found a well equipped playground. We decided to play a game a tetherball. The outcome was fairly embarrassing: Brit ended up getting hit in the face with the ball, and slowly fell backward into the grass. Mick only had to worry about seriously damaging her for a few seconds, because Brit immediately started laughing.

And that was the day. With winter at our tails, night was setting in earlier and earlier. We made dinner under the glow of our headlamps, and were soon asleep by 9.

Recent Expenses
$28 – Gas
$20 – Lunch
$12 – Campsite
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