Thursday, June 21, 2012

California Road Trip Planning

*All plans are tentative and open to spur of the moment changes* 

Day 1: Saturday, June 30

Vancouver to Artic Park - 4 Hours, 37 Minutes
Artic Park - not reserved yet: - e-mailed for reservation Friday, June 22 - I wrote them again today, Tuesday, June 26th - if they don't respond we will take our chances and find something on the way. 
Pub for dinner
This one is now booked! They don't take cards so bring cash - $14. 

Day 2: Sunday, July 1
Artic Park - Cannon Beach - 2 Hours
We can stop in Seaside and get some salt water taffy and swing on the swings on the beach.
Wright's for Camping - $32, $3/additional person - We could share a campsite here with Carrie.
Seems expensive - but they are the same price in this town
-not reserved yet: I e-mailed to check for reservation Friday, June 22 (two vehicles, 1 tent) 
They returned e-mail saying they have a space. So.. are we reserved? I wrote back again asking if they could save that spot for us. I am not sure they have reservation policies... if they do they haven't mentioned them. It was a very vague e-mail. haha.. let's see what they write back. 
Wright's is booked under Paula Johnson and my visa. Site #11. If we are going to be later than 9pm please call. 

Cannon Beach is a cool little town where we used to spend May long weekends. This is where we rented our suits and boards and then we went to Oswald park and hiked down to the beach.
Surf Rentals - $35 / $40 - for the day - wetsuit and board!

Day 3: Monday, July 2
Oswald Park - Carrie and Jonny surfing - hang out on the beach
Oswald Park - Florence, Oregon - 4 Hours, 15 Minutes
Lighthouse Inn - Florence $76 - Booked - free cancelation before July 1 - wifi

Day 4: Tuesday, July 3
Florence, Oregon - Gaberville, California - 6 Hours, 53 Minutes 
Richardson Grove State Park - is booked! Carrie and Christie can stay here - it says one care but maybe after they set up they can park it in a parking lot? We can change the number of occupants when we get there. $43. Site 007. Booked under Paula Johnson on Visa.  

Day 5: Wednesday, July 4

Gaberville California - Westport Beach- 58 Minutes

KOA - not booked - still looking  - $40 beach campsite!! BOOKED cancellation info- Please call (888) 562-3427 before these deadlines to receive your deposit refund, minus a $10 cancellation fee. *All cancellations will incur a $10 cancellation fee.

Jonny says - no more planning - get to the beach - do SF on the way back if there is time. We 
want to find one beach to stay and hang out at for a few days. 

Day 6: Thursday, July 5

Westport Beach - San Luis Obispo - 7 Hours, 27 Minutes
We are going to find something on the way...

We made it to Salinas - Motel 6

Day 7: Friday, July 6

Salinas - Venice Beach - 5 Hours, 35 Minutes
Jolly Rodger Inn

- do laundry!! Chill on beach -
Casablancas - Pat and Pam

Day 8: Saturday, July 7

Venice Beach - Manhattan Beach - 22 minutes

Day 9: Sunday, July 8
Hollywood - Burbank - Shanny, Nethanial, Olive, Otis, Pat and Pam - Manhattan Beach

Day 10: Monday, July 9 
Manhattan Beach - Venice Beach - Long Beach - Lebec California
Crab Pot Long Beach
Microhotel - Lebec

Day 11: Tuesday, July 10

Day 12: Wednesday, July 11

Lodi  - San Francisco
Alcatraz - No space!!! OH NO!!!! Next time :-( - I guess we will tour around on our own and then keep driving.
San Francisco - Red Bluff - Sycamore Grove Campground- $16 - not reserved - is it going to be too hot??? 

Day 13: Thursday, July 12

Red Bluff - Salem - 7 Hours - find a camp site

Day 14: Friday, July 13

Portland - Home - 5 Hours, 31 Minutes

Old info:
Cannon Beach
Not reserved: 503-436-2815
$33/ night $3/additional person - same as above. - will call this one when I hear back from Wright's.

Crescent City
The Redwoods - no available bookings on this date.
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park - this one is too good - all reserved
Shoreline RV Campground - $18.70 - e-mailed for reservation Friday, June 22 - fuck that bitch!! Called to make a reservation and she was SUPER rude!! Not staying there.EVER!!
Still no booking for this stop - we will take our chances and find something on the way.
We will see Carrie and Christie again this night.

Crescent City - Westport Beach - 3 Hours, 43 Minutes

Westport Beach - San Francisco - 3 Hours, 39 Minutes
Samuel P. Taylor State Park  - $35 - 35 miles North of SF on 101 - WIFI
We could do Sam P on the 5th and SF RV resort on the way out.
San Francisco Candlestick RV park - $49 - $12 shuttle to the city - tours from the park - available - haven't booked. Had originally deleted this one but they wrote me back.
Might be good to use the shuttle - then we don't have to worry about parking in the city. Come back and get the Element and drive to Pacifica for an ocean view night after all our touring of the city. OR... stay at the same place ... on the 6th. Stay here with Carrie and do tours. 

Alcatraz tour - Fisherman's wharf -
San Francisco RV Resort - $56 (AAA Discount)- 15 minutes South in Pacifica - Ocean viewsThis one sounds good! 

Monday, June 18, 2012

Happy Crabbiversary: June 16 and 17th

Off to Seattle again! This time we were on a mission to pick up our camping mattress from Cabela's, get some clothes, and obviously get some crab! Yum! 

We woke up Saturday morning at 6am. Jonny made me some toast, we showered, and hit the road nice and early. We were hoping to get into Seattle in the early afternoon. Well, that didn't work out as planned. The trip almost ended at the Olive Garden before we got to the crab.

We had a long wait at the PAC Crossing. It was over an hour. It was bum and mind numbing. 

We idled in slow traffic for over an hour before Seattle because of an accident. We pulled over at a rest stop - peed - got back on the highway and were at the same spot in the traffic. Ugh! We were hungry. I had had my toast. Jonny had had some beef jerky from the gas station in Blaine but now it was almost noon. Finally we made it to the Olive Garden where we had all you can eat salad and bread sticks and some appies. They didn't have the soup deal like last time. Too bad - that was a good deal! 

 Here I am sitting in the Olive Garden waiting for salad and bread sticks. 
 Here they come! 
 Oh no! WE have hit the wall. Maybe we should get our stuff and go back home tonight? Why bother going into Seattle? We started to question our plan because we were so frustrated with the traffic. If we go home then we have to drive back out for Father's day. Maybe we should get a hotel here by the outlets? Maybe we should save our money for our California trip? Back and forth with battled with our thoughts about our trip. We contemplated every angle. You know what happened? We stuck to the plan! AND am I ever glad we did... because... 

 This was the biggest crab I have ever eaten!! This was our third time to The Crab Pot and it was the biggest King Crab ever. It was so yummy. There were so many big, fat, thick bites! 

 After our crab we walked around a bit and took pictures of the new "Seattle EYE?" It was not operational yet but I am going to go on it one day. I hope it isn't as expensive as the London one. 
 Sometimes rainy, misty, cloudy day. 

We walked back to the downtown area around 4th and University and found a nice little coffee shop. Jonny had some coffee and I had the best peppermint tea I have ever had. It was so minty. I used the bathroom and we sat on the patio and watched people for a bit. Then we decided we were tired and it was time to head back to our hotel. We found the Light Rail eventually - Westlake station is around the corner from McDonalds past Ross. 

We visited Ross when we first got to the city. Jonny left the hotel in just his t-shirt. It was really muggy out. Jonny got some $25 jeans, t-shirts, and a long sleeve. I got some man tanks and t's for my growing body. You can't go wrong for $6 each. 

The Light Rail took us back to our last night in the Seatac Inn. We did not have as good an experience here as we have the last two times. We got one of the rooms in the back building. But at least it was better than the smoking room they gave us at first. YUCK! Stinky! Next time we are going to try the Jet Inn next door. A few dollars more but a better vibe. Live and learn. 

Early the next morning we had Denny's - how do American's eat this much crap? Then we headed back to the outlets. Our first stop was Cabela's to pick up our mattress. We were there at 8:50am and it opened at 9. There were lots of people waiting in the parking lot. This place is popular and huge! 
 They even have fish in it! 

We got our mattress and two solar powered lamps and the best licorice ever. We got one lamp for us and one for Father's day. They are so cool! I like solar power and I think my dad does too. 

We drove over to the outlets and walked around before they opened. They opened at 10 and we were there at 9:45. What a great time to go. There were some people there but nothing crazy. We hit the Nike store and Jonny found a nice hoodie. I got some overpriced LARGE bra tops, leggings and running shorts. Then - we left! 

 We stopped one more time on the way home in Blaine. We had some Thai food and looked out at the Marina where the Spider used to live. Those were good times. 

We had no problems and hardly a wait at the border on the way home. We stopped at Mom and Dad's and had some fun father's day times hanging with the fam. I updated IPhones, iPads and Apple TV. We got YouTubes playing on the TV through the iPad. We also played some weird game in the yard - kinda fun. Heidi made some great burgers and I believe all fathers had a good time. 

  I had the hugest zit (still do) on my NECK! GROSS!! Thanks mom for helping me pop it!! GROSS!! 
Jonny got some new insoles. Here are his old ones he left in the car. I hope they help with his plantar facitis. 
And here is me on my way to school on Monday in my new LARGE clothes.