California Travel Videos is at it again, attending our second of eight (2017) Petaluma Rivertown Revival shows. Between the Steampunk costumers, music, food, art, performances, playtime and more – what’s not to love? (drone video, too) Okay, for us Sonoma County wimps, just be sure to hydrate and avoid getting too much sun 😉
San Francisco may be the City of Love but when it comes to parking in a very dense megapolis, not so much! In this show we will share two top RV parks near San Francisco. Be sure to come along as we checkout the Marin RV Park in Greenbrae and the San Francisco RV Resort in Pacifica.
California Travel Video Part 2, Summer of Love. We walk the Haight Ashbury San Francisco district to relive the homes and music of the hippie movement. Come join us “be-in” with Jimi Hendrix, Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, Grace Slick Crosby Stills Nash and Young. Peace out 🙂
San Francisco. 1967. Totally the SUMMER OF LOVE to the max.
We check out the light show at the Conservatory of Flowers, the DeYoung 50 year Summer of Love exhibition, Grace gives a lesson on how to Tie Dye tee shirts, and Michael discusses the Liquid Light Shows originating at the Red Dog in Virginia City Nevada, the mind altering influences of LSD. Here is the link to events taking place in San Francisco to commemorate “Summer of Love”.http://summerof.love/events/
Be sure and subscribe so you don’t miss part 2 of our Summer of Love revisited episodes where we’ll take a look back in history and our special “tour” of the Height/Ashbury area.
Coit Tower – a monument filled with suspense. From any perspective it’s a beautiful view of San Francisco and a must for tourists and sightseers. Lillie Hitchcock Coit led a fascinating life in challenging times. And while her parents and husband were wealthy, at a young age she experienced the ravages of a fire that almost took her life. This led Lillie to be a lifelong champion of firefighters, who also bonded with her and let her accompany them on fire calls and attend their parades. After her husband’s long illness and demise, Lillie distant cousin and business advisor tried to take her life, instead leading to the demise of the man trying to defend her. Yet in her later years when she moved to Europe to avoid the impression of a scandal and the Great Depression hit hard, she thoughtfully bequest 1/3 of her estate to beautify the City she loved. But wait, there’s more shenanigans and skulduggery with the City of San Francisco so tune in for “the rest of the story!”
On our last day at sea from San Diego to San Francisco, at long last it’s time for our model ship building contest aboard the Regent Mariner cruise ship. Using nothing more than found, begged, borrowed or _____ items that we gathered on our cruise, we were definitely ready to compete in the high seas (well, at least in the Jacuzzi and choppy swimming pool waters). So bring on the judges assessment of our engineering and design, bring on the popular audience vote… or at least we THOUGHT we were all good to go. Then life happens 😉
In downtown Sacramento after seeing the Capitol and Crocker Art Museum, we topped off the day enjoying the good life in Old Sacramento – This town came to life during the “Gold Rush” days and after a major face lift in the 1960’s it was listed as a National Historic Landmark District. Find out about the Pony Expresses and much more in our latest video. A great place to divert from traditional RV Life and shop, play, eat and dine with fellow tourists.
On our return trips from the Sierras, we dropped by our California State Capitol located at Sacramento (last of 6 locations over 150 years). Outside, the memorial ground dedications and Vietnam statuary are beyond description and inside, be sure to check out the library. We also enjoyed the memorial commemorating Father Junipero Serra who led the quest to support native indigenous Americans with California Missions. In a future video we will highlight the 58 marquee displays featuring interesting tidbids for each of our California Counties.
Heading home after our 18 day trip, we leave Bakersfield to swing by… Visalia (?) of all places. Could we be making a sidetrip to the Sequoia National Redwood Forest? (nope) So it turns out Grace has a “special” engagement party planned with…(stay tuned). Also, while we enjoyed our overnight stays at a handful of Elks Lodges during our trip, at 5:45 we point out a potential downside as we witnessed at Bakersfield (yet great folks inside the Club!)
Finally, it’s time to descend on the Quartzsite RV rally and meet mega-friends! We left the Bay Area rain on day 1 with drizzle on our tail as we pulled in to Bakersfield with 3 other rigs in our caravan. Better weather on day 2 going over Tehachapi Pass, across the Mohave Desert and Colorado River, into Lake Havasu’s “London Bridge,” spending the night at Buckskin Mountain State Park in sunny Arizona. With only 60 miles to go, tomorrow we’ll get up early for some awesome sunrise pictures before descending into Quartzsite – can’t wait!