Completing our first year anniversary trip, Grace, Michael and our Siberian Husky Kaliki spend an afternoon at Gibson Beach and Pelican Point at Point Lobos State Beach (sadly, dogs are not allowed on trails and there is no overnight RV accommodations). We then scooted up North for an hour passing Monterey to New Brighton State Beach Campground again blessed with more awesome views of the Pacific Ocean. But Kaliki did get to play in the Pacific Ocean at Carmel Beach just north of Point Lobos!
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We’re meandering down the main street of Cannery Row at Monterey Bay, enjoying the food, shops and Kaliki running in the beautiful Pacific Ocean beach. Later, we head through the 17 Mile Drive at Pebble Beach in Pacific Grove so Grace can checkout the Monarch Butterflies.
On our first anniversary, we started off with Monterey Bay Whale Watch company and had the once in a lifetime experience to witness “up close and personal” the Cascadia Research Collective use suction tags to monitor humpback whale behaviors. The device uses GPS, etc to monitor movements and even has two cameras! Fortunate for the 50 foot long, 80,000 pound mammals, elimination of human hunting allowed them to continue their graceful species. And speaking of preservation, also listen to an American Indian play his flute and talk about their effort to protect their sacred land at Standing Rock, the Sioux Indians fear the Energy Transfer Partners (Dakota Access Pipeline) could contaminate their precious water supply.
Canoeing on the Russian River in the Autumn with our Siberian Husky – now what could be better than that? But wobbling and water fights could cost us losing our camera gear! No matter, when you are staying at the beautiful Casini Ranch, be sure to rent one of their canoes (or kayak, paddleboard inner tube, etc). And Casini is certainly the “disneyland” for campers and RVers alike with movie nights, ice cream socials, hayrides, nearby hiking trails, beach swimming, playgrounds (soccer, softball, volleyball, horseshoe throwing), rent pedal carts/golf carts/bikes, game room with arcades and pool table, general store, dog run/play area, etc. Their WiFi is average.
By the way, the Casini staff is very helpful and friendly.
In our first of two segments travelling up the Russian River, we enjoyed an awesome RV getaway at the SPECTACULAR Casini Ranch Park and Campground. We also checked out the ever eclectic Guerneville, the majestic Northwood Golf Course deep in the Redwoods, and Kozlowski Farm specialty food store on our way to Sebastopol. Be sure to also check out our outrageous canoe trip on the Russian River on our next segment!
Casini Ranch Park
Next up: cTv RV Life, Russian River canoe water fight at Casini Ranch – flip time?
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This time we’re heading West of Santa Rosa on Russian River. Our first stop was the awesome Korbel vineyards where they make fine wines, brandy, California champagne and brews. On our second stop we drop by the cool Armstrong Grove State Park, just South from the city of Guerneville. Check out the next segment where we stay at Casini Ranch and canoe down the Russian River.
Numerous shipwrecks occurred one-half mile offshore due to a sneaky reef 6 feet under the water. The Point Arena lighthouse was damaged by the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, rebuilt to 115 feet tall and was renovated for its 100th anniversary. The prize 12,000 pound 6 foot tall freznel lens features a unique triple set of double bullseye lens, valued at over $3,500,000 dollars. The beam proudly shot out 20+ miles while the new double 1,000 watt LEDs are limited to one short burst every 15 seconds at a more meger 16 miles. Be sure to visit the gift store and checkout the webcam views here: http://northcoastaviation.com/pt_arena_west.htm
cTv finds taking great photos at Bowling Ball Beach can be a blessing… or a real challenge if the proverbial stars are not in the optimum position (sun and moon/tide, that is). Then there is the rope ladder to navigate unless you elect to go the long way – the Schooner Gulch south route. On our first summertime evening, being 90 minutes after low tide was too late and most all of the boulders were under water. Trying again the next early morning, this time while the boulders were fully exposed, the morning sun was hiding behind the cliffs for almost two hours. Lucky/well prepared photographers will be blessed with the perfect photos with the concretion boulders partially emerged during the golden or blue hour – GOOD LUCK AND MAY THE ODDS BE FOREVER IN YOUR FAVOR
Prior to owning our RV, we traveled North to Point Arena to enjoy the rural ocean scenery with our Siberian Husky, Kaliki, who discovered formidable burrowing gopher holes. We all got our money’s worth going down to the Greenwood State Beach in the sleepy city of Elk. Next we will check out Bowling Ball Beach and the Point Arena Lighthouse.
Here we go again on day 2 at lovely Samuel P Taylor State Park – hiking trail, learning about the park’s history and predecessors, plus playing in the beautiful redwoods. While we were fortunate to stay at the park during non-peak days (Sunday and Monday night) at the end of summer when schools were back in session, the park, river and redwoods are always worth admiring.