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.
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.
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.
Samuel P. Taylor Redwoods, camping by a running stream your dog loves, easy cooking by the fire, tucking in to sleep – these are a few of our favorite things. Glamping RVLife ain’t half bad.
With some drone shots from above, we enjoy a midday stop-shop-and-lunch at rural tourist destination Point Reyes Station where Prince Charles and Camilla visited on their honeymoon tour. When you’re in the area of the Point Reyes National Seashore and Samuel P Taylor redwoods, this charming city is a fun place to checkout their shops and have a delicious meal with cool nearby ocean temperatures. Autos, campers and the RVers in the area can also “fill ‘er up” if they don’t mind the premium prices.
Time to checkout the super tall, super old redwoods (one hundred million CENTURIES old) in Henry Cowell park. Missed Bigfoot center but our Siberian Husky Kaliki scored water play in the running river. Next up, we will walk over to the Roaring Camp village and hop aboard the steam train.
Do you believe in the Bigfoot? Near Santa Cruz, the Henry Cowell State Park is well known for its soaring redwood trees approaching 300 feet high. So in addition to being located near the Pacific Ocean and sheltered from the sun, this sanctuary makes an ideal getaway for travelers, be it RV, tent or ala-natural. And who knows what you’ll see deep in the forest…
Time for us to enjoy the great outdoors with our Siberian Husky, Kaliki. Nothing beats a temperate, warm day on the beach with a soft wind caressing us. There is nothing quite like communing with nature to nurture the soul and recharge our batteries. Okay, play and frolicking about ain’t half bad either!