June 29, 2015

Monday June 29:  Well, it has been another week+ since we last posted so I will have to bring you up today. We arrived in Auburn, CA, where we planned to spend a week visiting with Steve’s family. We stayed at Auburn Gold Country RV park and it was centrally located with easy access to all stores and interstate. The campground was nice, however even thought there were shade trees, the angle of the sun (no tree’s east of RV) managed to avoid the trees and shine directly on us for the whole week. Our first evening Steve’s dad, brother (Kenny) and nephew (Tommy) stopped by and had a bite to eat with us at the campground. The next day, Steve headed over to his Dads and between his Dad, his brothers (Kenny and Kim) I had a complete set of beautifully made drawers in my kitchen to replace the ones that I had damaged by leaving the water running. They look great and they are all wood and 1000% better than what was there. The week went by quickly as every night we were with various members of the family. Everyone stops by Dads when they can and we frequently had throw together dinners where everyone was welcome and there was always plenty to go around. Sunday the whole family plus a few friends gathered (at least all that could make it), including Dee and Harvey who drove up from Carmel. We had everything from ribs to watermelon so no one left hungry. It was a great visit with the Shrum family and gave us a chance to catch up on all that we miss since we live so far away. Babies are not babies any more and the young boys and girls are now young men and women, all in all, a beautiful family. The only down side was the temperature, every day it ranged from the high 90’s to several days over 100 so it was not a good time for do much outdoor walking. So this morning, we had breakfast with Steve’s dad (and Kenny and Charlene), we stopped by his dad’s and picked up some leftover fruit and water from yesterday, and then headed out. We did not have a reservation but Steve had found a campground in what he thought was Benbow, Calif., but after several attempts to map quest it, we realized that was the name of the campground and not the city so we found the campground in Garberville, Calif., on Hwy 101. We passed a lot of very neat little towns on the way here, however that is the downside to traveling in an RV, there is not always a place to pull over. I’ve included a few pictures of our trip today. The campground is also quite nice and is adjacent to an historical hotel which was built in 1928, The Benbow Inn. We walked over, there are several nice walking paths, but after a day on the road we felt a little to grundgey to go out on the patio for a drink as it was dinner time and there were a lot of outside diners. It is also located right on the Eel River that judging by the riverbed, it was quite a large river at one time but it is down to a trickle. Most of this part of California is pretty brown and the lakes and rivers are very low, quite a contract to the swollen lakes and rivers in Missouri and Colorado. Tomorrow we will head over to Hwy 1 on the coast and check out some of the scenery there. Oh yes, lesson learned for the day: Check your assigned site number before you hook up and unpack. This is the second time I have directed Steve to the wrong site and not discovered it until we were ready to sit down with a drink and had to pack it all back up to move. You would think he would learn not to trust me by now. He has decided I can be in charge of the road maps as I am pretty good with those but from now on, he will be responsible for the park maps. (That worked out well for me.

Pikachu heads to the coast to cool off

Pikachu heads to the coast to cool off

 

 

 

 

 

California where brown is the new green

California where brown is the new green

 

 

 

 

 

Clear Lake, Ca.

Clear Lake, Ca.

 

 

 

 

 

Benbow KOA

Benbow KOA

 

 

 

 

 

Benbow KOA Campground

Benbow KOA Campground

 

 

 

 

 

The Eel River

The Eel River

 

 

 

 

 

Benbow Hotel built in 1928

Benbow Hotel built in 1928

 

 

 

 

 

Full Moon

Full Moon

 

 

 

 

 

 

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