Well, I am a day ahead of schedule.. so far ahead.. that I am now on home soil in Oregon. Not QUITE to Bandon yet.. tomorrow morning will put me there .. I hope.. all of reserve america and recreation.gov seems to be down.. won't know if I have ressies or NOT!
I left a day ahead of schedule sort of.. left on Thursday afternoon as I was all packed and I had actually planned on doing that Friday.. traveling on Saturday.
Spent Thursday nite in Bakersfield at a county park (Kern River Campground) and did so for free.. not by sneakiness.. they just don't have an Iron Ranger, and I wasn't there at the times the patrol came around.. arrived late, left early.. seems a dumb way to fund the park.. but..
Arrived at Caswell Memorial State park, and I must say, it's the nicest park I have never stayed in
They were very nice, but had no space for a non reserved.. they DID help me with getting a refund for my ressie I had the next nite.. and I moved on to where I knew I could get in..Stockton KOA. I thought to check out the county park across the road first tho.. and there was plenty of space.. 10 bucks.. and 105 degrees, but I was glad to stop. Westgate Landing
on hiway 12, right on the San Joaquin River in the Delta is a no hook ups, no frills park with all pull thru sites and has a nicely manacured large lawn, large sites and a BIG corn field to look for Toto in. I was tired, and rested under the few tees in my site, in the shade, while the dogs panted and didn't feel like walking at all.
About an hour before sundown, the wind came up and cooled it off.. we retreated to inside the trailer, where I read by solar
.. my battery
was FLAT!!!! Had to shower with the car running just to get the water pump to run, but an ice cold shower after the heat all day felt good. When I woke up, 1/2 the tents were gone.. the wind was pretty wild, so I suspect they ran.
I picked up a new battery
in Santa Rosa and then...
On northbound to Lake Mendocino Army Corp of Engineers Bushay campground. After the nice experience with Caswell, and the surprise relaxing park in the middle of nowhere.. this place was sheer hell. They were kind enough to swap my ressies, so getting in was no problem, and they used my prepaid fee, but the sites are packed in, and there seems to be no control.. there were dogs off lead, running everywhere.. I had 4 pitbulls next to me, and folks walked thru my site.. not on the edge, right in front of the trailer.. to get to the john. A little girl was walking a LARGE pit Bull mix which she let loose of when it lunged at one of my dogs.. he nailed my dog hard.. fortunately, there were 3 guys that got him off ME and my dog. (My dog was not hurt) I then gave the kid AND her Mom a tongue lashing.. Mom defending her dog and kid all the way, no apology for the attack, (You know the type.. child is perfect, so is the undernourised un nuetered dog) so I called the ranger in.. The park ranger did nothing but talk to them, tell them to stay out of my site and the keep the dog in thiers ... they lied to the ranger saying my Beagle attacked thier pit bull while all three guys that pulled the pit bull off mine told him what REALLY happened..any other park I have been in that would have been automatic ejection.. but this park did nothing.. They get a big fat ZERO for a rating. Never again. (The Mom and kid walked ALL the way around the loop to get to the bathroom tho.. that was somewhat satisfying, as everyone near me gave them a rash of heck every time they walked by.. shamed into submission LOL!)
Headed out early just to get out of there before the morning tromp to the johns started. WAS headed to my next ressie, Del Norte Redwoods.. and I managed to get there just fine, and early.. they had plenty of sites, it looked like a nice park...but ... I just wasn't ready to stop driving.. wanted to get out of California.. NOW. So.. I looked and booked...
So, here I am at Harris State Beach just north of Brookings Oregon, in a full hook up site.. with.. my heater running LOL! What a contrast from the last few days of 100+ heat.
The lady at the booth cooed over my trailer, telling me she has a Boler
so she HAS to let me in....LOL! Anyway, She put me in a nice site that is isolated and there is plenty of room for the pups. This is actually the first physically comfortable relaxation I have had since leaving.. not to hot.. smells nice, it's quiet.. everyones dogs are behaved (Even mine LOL!) and folks stop by and say "Hi".
I love Oregon.. can I just stay home now? (Let me give everyone my bosses phone #.. make up an excuse as to why I should stay and still get a paycheck...)