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Old 05-29-2007, 08:18 AM   #15
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I agree with Gina....the 99 is a little more interesting than I-5.

At least on 99 you have some towns that you can view from the freeway or even stop at it you choose. Like raisins??? Never been to Sun Maid factory, well there is one just off the highway near I think Selma. Any way there are large signs telling you the exit.

Then there's Kingsburg is a Danish community. If you like pasteries it'll make a nice stop. Be sure to take note of the town water tower, you may want a picture, also quite a few of the mail boxes are cute so drive around town.

That's all that just to my mind but there's probably more along 99.

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Old 05-29-2007, 11:22 AM   #16
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99? Hmm, I find it boring but I drive it far too often!

But if it is open, check out the Forestiere Underground Gardens in Fresno (Shaw exit.)

Right now they are renovating but might be open by July.

Personally I would go up 101 from SF anyway; too hot on 99/5 in July.


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Old 05-29-2007, 09:04 PM   #17
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My route into Bandon will take me that way.

My first nite out from So. Cal will find me at Caswell Memorial State park just outside of Modesto from the 99, then on up to Leggett on the 101 via the 12 to Redwoods River RV resort (I tried to stay here on my last "Big" trek with the 13 in the winter, but it flooded and there was no power) then on up to just south of Cresent City at Del Norte Redwoods SP.. I have one more day free, may just head on into Bandon and get my site a day early.or not.. haven't decided yet. Anyone else going to be there as early as Tuesday?

As most coming from the south know, getting to Bandon from I-5 is an adventure in "You can't get there from here"
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Old 05-29-2007, 11:33 PM   #18
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I find this thread interesting from a couple of different points of view.

1) From a “What others think of California”. Yes, California is a Love/Hate state. Many people see California only from what they see on TV or Eastern Network News. One out of every eight Americans live in California. If California was a country it would have the 5th largest economy in the world. California has more people than Canada. Given that many people, many people don’t want to get caught up in all the traffic and combat driving.

2) And from “What people miss and don’t know about California”. What non-residents miss is all the National and State parks and the Redwoods, High Sierras, Beaches, and Rivers. Also there are all the tourist attractions and surfing, hiking, sailing, mountain biking and on and on.

So when I see some say, how can I get through California fast and get to the good stuff, it makes me ask, “Why would anyone say that?” They just don’t know the California I do. Don’t get me wrong, I also like the other states that members of this board have shown me of their states. ie New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and Canada including Victoria Island.

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Old 05-30-2007, 03:22 AM   #19
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Mike, I also think California is wonderful. The people I know that want to whiz through are people who find the cost of everything higher here. It's like my Alaska trip, I didn't have sticker shock up there because most things were comparible in price to here. But the folks from the mid West thought Alaska and Canada were horribly high. They couldn't believe the prices.

Also it can be daunting to travel and try to camp in our campgrounds without reservations in the summer time. Especially since most SP's have Reserve America handling them. Neither seem to talk to one and other consequently there are a lot of vacant campsites when you are told they are full. We are forced into reservations in some circumstances and then people don't show and the site are vacant. I personally like first come first served. The State and Reserve America really don't care because they've got there money, we're just out a campsite. Oops, on my soap box!!!!

That 1 out of every 8 people causes folks to think that we are very over crowded. Not so, just in certain areas. People tend to think of LA area and the freeways/people. They don't realize how much of our state is sparely populated. Even tho we complain up here in Sonora complain about the influx in recent years we still have a very small population unless you count our whole county which is very very large with most of it very very sparsely populated.

Gina, I'll be at Bandon on Sunday July 15th, am staying a week leaving on 23rd. I'm in A31 come on by when you get in.

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