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Trip Progress (Placeholder as of 5.8.2013)

Just a Placeholder entry to summarize our status until I get the real blog entries caught up

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May 7 - We Made it Home! Got to Shelton Tuesday evening about 7:30 PM. Will spend a day or two recovering and unpacking the RV, doing laundry, etc. There will be a couple more blog entries as I catch up the last few, but otherwise this is the end of the trip and the blog!

May 6 - We are in Salem, OR. My aunt called tonight and we plan to visit her tomorrow morning, then will probably head home to Shelton tomorrow. If Mom's too tired, we'll stay here tomorrow and head to Shelton Wednesday. Either way, the trip is almost over.

May 5 - We are in Cottage Grove, OR. Easy drive today, stopped at "Heaven on Earth" for lunch (very good), will spend some time checking out Cottage Grove in the morning, then head north to Salem and find a campground for the night, visit my aunt Gen Tuesday, then head the rest of the way home...

May 4 - we are in Ashland, OR. Stopped by the Sundial bridge in Redding for a lunch break, very cool. Have made arrangements to visit my Aunt in Salem May 7th (Tuesday), so we have two days to drive about 250 miles, should be pretty easy travelling. Also, I got ALL my pic's for the past week sorted and organized, so it shouldn't take very long to get the blog updated.

May 3 - Left Fresno area and drove back up near Chico. My brother and his wife were both off Friday, so we decided to swing by for a brief visit. This turned out better then expected as my niece & nephew were there as well as my grand nephew. Also my cousin's stopped by with their daughter, who is getting married May 12th - so we got to see a whole bunch of people.

April 29 to May 2 - Sightseeing part of trip is largely over. We drove back down south to Fresno area to visit and are still here as of May 2nd. We plan to leave tomorrow (Friday morning) and start heading North finally. I think it will be easier on Mom to drive only about 5 or 6 hours a day, also may stop a few places along the way, so will probably get back to Shelton next Wednesday, end of trip.

April 28 - long awaited party/lunch with my uncle Al. My uncle Wayne also came, as well as several cousins, second cousins and my brother and his wife. Lots of fun...

April 27 - I moved the RV to the Napa Valley Marina for one night. They don't really allow RV's to stay there, but since my brother has a boat there (a 28' Cape Dory) and was coming down to meet us, they allowed it. We took my great nephew, Kalvan aged 3 to Train Town in Sonoma and also took my brothers boat out for a short jaunt. Will have pic's to upload from Traintown of course!

April 26 - With Mom resting up from all that driving yesterday, I took the opportunity to go wine tasting. First I toured the castle winery, "Castello di Amorosa". I took a lot of pictures and also bought some wine. Came back to the RV for lunch, then visited the Vermiel wine tasting here in Calestoga on my way to the Beringer winery - again too their tour and bought more wine. My wine cupboard (?) is wells stocked for the next few years.

April 25 - Mom & I drove over to the Sonoma valley to try to locate information and/or artwork by my great aunt. We weren't very successful in getting information, but had a good time tasting cheese, eating too much at the Basque bakery, and meeting up with my Uncle Al in advance of the big lunch Sunday.

April 24 - (I really have been doing this backwards, haven't I? The newest entry should be on top so you can check it and get out!) This morning i drove down to San Rafael and took the tour of the Marin County Courthouse, what can I say? Probably took 150 pic's, fabulous!!! Got back to Calistoga RV park early enough to take mom down to the Robert Louis Stevenson museum, not very big (one room), but nice. Then we went to dinner at the Culinerary Institute of America, very good but $$$.

April 14 - We left Los Padres National Forest (Solvang & Santa Barbara) Sunday and are in Pismo Beach State Park.

I plan to leave in the morning and drive up to an RV park in Morgan Hill. I may stay there for about a week, then head north to Marin County and or Napa/Mendicino area.

April 15 - 17 We stayed in Pismo Beach, then drove up to Morgan Hill. Again there is no cell phone service in the Thousand Trails RV Park (Ugh). They do have WiFi in the clubhouse normally, but none yesterday. Someone told me someone had shot out a transformer and taken out a fiber optic cable supplying internet to a wide area. Anyway, everything is fine. We drove to Monterrey/Pacific Grove today. I was planning to go to Carmel, but stopped so many times in between that we ran out of time.

April 18 - Took a day off so Mom (& I) could rest, did the laundry, etc., but generally rested. Finally had a really nice day weather wise! The propane heater in the RV croaked, so I made an appointment for Friday morning, 8 AM at Camping World in Morgan Hill. Not sure how long it would take us to get there, so we drove down tonight (Thursday night) and will stay here for the night). We'll make our plans for Friday based on what the mechanic estimates as far as how long it will take to fix. But we have plans to meet with my dad's cousin, Larry & wife Joan Friday at 4 PM in Cupertino, so will fit that in one way or another (we have the tow behind so can just leave the RV here all day if needed).

April 19 - Visited Egyptian Museum in San Jose, Awesome! Ate lunch at Black Bear Diner, too much food... Visited my dad's cousins, Larry & Joan in Cupertino...

April 20 - Mom was too tired to go to church Saturday so I headed back to the campground (long story). Anyway, there was some sort of bicycle race going on and the road to the last 2/10's of a mile to the campground was closed. The policeman said it would be at least another hour and a half before it opened, so I decided not to bother with one more night in the campground afterall but to drive on up to Calistoga Saturday instead. We did that and are safely parked in the Calistoga RV Park (actually, the Fairgrounds). It is very pleasant, Mom is sleeping, and I have good internet service so I'll get the blog up to date I think!

April 21 - Met my aunt and uncle in St. Helena for lunch, checked out the area a little (not much)

April 22 - Long drive down to Petaluma where Mom grew up (one of many places), spent some time at the Library (now a museum) where they found a 1945 high school yearbook with Mom's senior pic!

April 23 - Mostly did errands, Mom was REALLY tired for some reason so she stayed in the RV and slept some, seems to have done her some good. There are NO laundromats in Calistoga, I found one up at PUC, but decided to go to Santa Rosa instead since there was also a Walmart and I need to get some lighter weight pants (my WA Carhart Jeans are a little too hot for this climate). Also found a place to get a haircut. LOT of driving for a couple of errands. Anyway, I will be on the docent led tour of the Marin County Courthouse tomorrow!

Posted by jl98584 21:20 Archived in USA

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