Nice relaxing day...

Trip Start Dec 29, 2011
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Monday, January 16, 2012

We had a nice lazy start to our day...late breakfast, paid for our previous night's accommodations. I didn't mention much about this park...we were glad to get a spot BUT...they have people packed in like sardines! The sites are so small you almost walk into the next vehicle getting out your door. Good thing we don't have any slides! We couldn't have opened them. The 30 amp electricity hookup kept turning off because of a loose connection so we had to use the 20 amp - managed to not blow any circuits but probably because we didn't use anything more than a toaster and a coffee maker, and never both at the same time. The host/manager was very nice and easy going and people seemed friendly. A lot of full time residents...

Anyway, we went back to the gas station to fill up on gas and propane and headed on our way. Drive was okay - a little nerve wracking for Roy in the traffic - five lanes of it going our way at one point - and except for one wrong turn down a dead end street near the park - we turned a block too early - we made it without incident. Sign in at the office was an experience! There were three of them and they were ALL fountains of information and ALL willing to share it. We got directions for the ferry, the buses, driving - to get into San Francisco. We got maps - they circled all the good spots and gave us directions. They were great! They even knew where the bike paths were, although I expect none of them had been on a bike in eons!

The park is very nice - looks immaculate. I haven't visited the bathrooms, showers and laundry areas but I expect they are spotless. They have a small pool which is closed for the season and there are a number of full timers but their spaces are clean and tidy. The spaces are small width wise but okay for depth. We had an empty one beside us so lots of space to maneuver ourselves into place. When we got back it was occupied so we had very close neighbours. Met the people, who are from central Oregon but come here often. They had some tips for places to see. We are quite near the highway and we can hear traffic at the office but back here in our spot, it is quite quiet. We are booked in for three days - at least - depending on how the weather is. Right now it is sunny but there is rain coming in the next few days.

After setting up and a quick lunch, on our bikes we went...rode into Larkspur to the ferry terminal. We had to walk our bikes across the bridge (BIG signs) - right beside a big exit ramp - but once across we joined up with the bike path. We stopped briefly at the ferry terminal then rode past there until the path just became part of a busy road near the entrance to San Quentin. I've been here before - Rod and Beth (the people we had dinner with last night) live about five miles away - so it was sort of familiar to me. When we ran out of trail, we turned around and followed it back, going under the bridge this time and ending up on the other side of the highway from where we live. The path went for a couple of miles, following a little river, on a nice paved multi-use trail that was packed with people. It's Martin Luther King Day today so a holiday for most people.

Decided we needed some groceries so headed down the road to Trader Joes - it was a madhouse so we left and searched out Safeway. I sent Roy into the mall while I shopped - a much better experience without him trying to speed up the process. How do you know if you need something until you see it?!! Took the groceries back to the motorhome, put them away then headed back out to check out a couple of stores. Found a really nice outdoor store - where I could have outfitted Jasper with a ski jacket for about $160 or so - half price. Very nice but very expensive - welcome to Marin County, which has the highest per capita income in the country. Did manage to find a couple of books at the used book store so we didn't leave empty handed. Saw another mall down the road and decided to check it out but unfortunately, it turned out to be across the highway and actually just a mile or so down the road from our park. We drove there but, as most of you know how much I love shopping (not), we decided we really didn't need to visit all these high end stores...Big Nordstroms, Macy's, Banana Republic, etc....not my style. We circumnavigated the parking lot and headed home.

We are now back at the motorhome, relaxing, catching up with emails and just plain taking it easy. Tomorrow we head for downtown San Francisco...
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Audrey Lee-Meissner on

Biking sounds wonderful! I'll bet you enjoyed the exercise after sitting in vehicles all that time!

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