Santa Barbara & Goleta * August 2013

I knew I would like this place as soon as I saw the sign....
It's in Goleta, a few miles north of Santa Barbara...

The Tap House in the bowling alley was good...we liked the pizza cooked in a wood burning oven.

San Luis Obispo, CA * August 2013

We parked the Airstream at the San Luis Obispo Elks Lodge for a night so we could check out the town and the Avila Beach area.  The Harford Pier at Port San Luis was built in 1873.  It looks old and smells old! 

We walked to the end to check out the old fish companies and the restaurant/bar.  People were driving past us so I guess this dock is super sturdy! 

This pier in San Luis Obispo Bay was hopping in the 1800's until the train arrived.

Sea Lions have ear flaps and smooth foreflippers.  Seals have ear holes and fuzzy foreflippers.

Eureka to Woodland, CA * August 2013

A lovely 5 hour drive from Eureka -- south on Highway 101, around Clearlake to Interstate 5.  We stocked up on some farm fresh produce, vegetables and pistachios at the Davis Farmers Market.   The delicious corn dogs from "The Hotdogger" are cooked on the spot.  I ate it too fast for a picture.  All farmers markets need a deep fat fryer on premises!

Incredible bounty from central California!

Papa Jim & Cyrus....

We're back at the Eureka, California Elks Lodge...August 2013

This is where we stay when we come back to Humboldt County to visit family and friends.  Once you become a member of an Elks Lodge, you can stay at any Elks in the country that allows RV's.  Many of them have full hook-ups like this one in Eureka. 
Don't miss cook your own steak night every Friday, featuring an enormous outdoor charcoal grill and great steaks followed by live music with a really big dance floor.  Two great bands to check out; DR. SQUID and THE DELTA NATIONALS.
Nestled between the towering coaches.  This Elks Lodge RV area was totally full mid-week in late August.

Local rock cod, fresh off the boat.  Hah, we do have our connections!

More Humboldt County information at the Humboldt County Visitors Bureau:   For a taste of the local scene check out the weekly magazine North Coast Journal and the daily online newspaper Lost Coast Outpost

Alumafandango! 65 Airstreams just landed in Oregon...August 2013

 These two cool guys of R&B Events produce four large Airstream gatherings per year in separate parts of the US.  This one is called Alumafandango, held in Oregon.  The next event in the west will be held at the same place: Canyonville, Oregon in September 2014.
You can attend tech and travel seminars during the day and then check out the five happy hour airstream hosts that change every night.  Just look for the green flag out front.  A great way to meet new people and get a tour of their Airstream.
Line 'em up!  Just loved seeing this many Airstreams in one place....
You sly dog, you!
Our lovely glampsite for 6 nights of fun....

Nice vintage rig....
Nightly cook your own dinner at the BBQ pavillion.
Looking forward to Alumafiesta in Tucson this February 2014!

Arcata to Eugene * Elk Sightings near Praire Creek Redwoods State Park

Just a few miles south of Orick, CA.  Driving through Northern California on US 101 we usually see Roosevelt Elk herds off in the fields and hills but this time they were right on the road. 

Adult elk usually stay in single-sex groups for most of the year and this group appears to be mostly female with calves.

Grants Pass Oregon * Taprock Restaurant

In downtown Grants Pass on the Rogue River.  A good place to stop for lunch...or Sunday brunch on the deck overlooking the river.

The weather always seems to be just about perfect here...

Nice landscaping in front of restaurant.  You can walk around near the river after lunch.

Love this old sign across the street.  Only 400 miles to the Golden Gate Bridge!

Plaque near the Taprock parking lot...

Arcata, on the Arcata Plaza

My friend Kate's store: The Garden Gate on the corner of the Arcata Plaza has some fun items for the Airstream.

Durable bamboo mats: I have one in the Airstream that pulls the color scheme together.

Unbreakable stainless steel shot glass sized cups.  Stacking works well when space is limited. 

Bought one of these clocks too to hang just inside the airstream door.  

Arcata, CA.....where the 60's meet the sea (also known as our home town!)

We stored our silver baby in Arcata for a few months.  She is now washed, dried, stocked up and ready for the trip north to Oregon.  On the way out of town, we stopped for lunch at our favorite Mexican restaurant, Carmella's. 

We like the Carnitas and the Chile Verde lunch specials and the Pacifico draft beer.  There is always enough food left to make a Mexican egg dish for breakfast the next morning.
Just across the street from Carmella's is a good place to stock up on local produce, cheese, grass fed beef, excellent french bread (BRIO)  and bulk items.  Inside WILDBERRIES MARKETPLACE you will find a good deli, a local coffee shop (RAMONES), a salad bar and a fruit bar
For the perfect RVers trifecta, you can do your laundry across the street at the very hip Arcata EMERALD CITY LAUNDRY.  They will move your clothes from the washer to the dryer for free.

Eugene Hike: Top of Spencer Butte

Just minutes from downtown Eugene, the main trail starts at 1300 feet and takes you through a Douglas Fir forest.

The last half of the hike up to 2000 feet is steep and rocky with lots of poison oak.   The town of Eugene along with the Cascade and Coastal Ranges are visible from the top.

Bring water and a snack and enjoy the view.

Myrtle Creek Golf a safari, looking for your balls

This course is gorgeous but huge and hilly with hazards everywhere.  If you are staying at Seven Feathers (15 miles south) you can play all day with cart for $42.  They should throw in a 1/2 dozen golf balls because you will probably lose them all!

The tires on their new golf carts are massive.  When they handed us the cart key the guy told us to be careful because they've had "near death experiences" with the carts.  Oh, and enjoy your game!

Don't hit the ducklings!

Oregon is impossibly green!

Lovely Seven Feathers Park in Canyonville, Oregon.  We had the entire back section to ourselves for the first two nights