You’ve already read about the first 5 days of our trip down the I-5 to San Francisco and starting our voyage back north towards the Oregon Coast (and if you haven’t, you should now!). We left off in Sonoma, one of my newly found favorite places ever! If you want to take a gander at my photos for Days 5-8 and more stories, please visit my Days 5-8 Facebook album.
Day 6: We woke up in Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, to find a quiet fog settled down over the meadow and deer right next to our camper. It’s worth mentioning that the washroom and shower facilities at this campground are great too – very clean and comfortable. After I showered, I came outside to see wild turkeys running across the campground! We took some time for a short hike around the park and saw lizards on rocks and trees too.
Eventually we ventured back down the mountain to visit some of the wineries that Sonoma is known for. We had lunch on the patio of B.R. Cohn winery, and I’ll be the first to admit that it gets a little fuzzy after this ;). They pour a lot more generously in the US than in Canada, and my husband was driving. Here’s a list of wineries we visited:
- Landmark Vineyards
- Mayo Family Winery
- VJB Vineyards and Cellars
- B.R. Cohn – this winery was owned by a former manager of the Doobie Bros. so the playlist on the patio where we ate lunch was all classic rock! :)
- Two Amigos
It doesn’t seem like a lot looking at it, but it took quite awhile. Back in Sonoma, we hit up the Sonoma Cheese Factory too for wine and cheese samples. We were going to try another campsite, but after taking a wrong turn, went back for another peaceful night at Sugarloaf Ridge instead.
Day 7: After sadly saying our goodbyes to Sonoma, we headed northwest through the Redwoods National Park and hugged some GIANT trees!
In northern California, we went through a town called Eureka – have you been there? Don’t. Avoid it. I could be wrong, maybe the highway just runs through the worst of it, but it was the most depressing, downtrodden town I’ve ever seen, leaving us feeling a bit… blue. But about 15 minutes out of Eureka, we turned a corner and BOOM! Our first sighting of a beautiful white-sand beach! We took a quick scamper across the sand, then headed on.
We wanted to stay at Patrick’s Point State Park in Trinidad, CA, but unfortunately, it was the Friday night of the Labour Day long weekend and by the time we got there, it was full. We ended up staying at Sounds of the Sea RV Park, five minutes down the road, which was your typical “line ’em up” RV park, where everyone disappeared at 8pm to watch cable TV in their giant RVs. But we did hear sea lions when we woke up which was cool. It was a couple mile walk to the beach back at Patrick’s Point, so we did that and scrambled down a steep cliff-side trail to the beach to take in the sunset.
Day 8: We woke up to such thick fog that our camping chairs, which we left outside overnight were soaking wet. You could literally see the moisture in the air. After a soggy breakfast, we hightailed it out of there in pursuit of more sunshine. We drove straight to our next destination, across the border into Oregon, and to Cape Blanco State Park, which is at the tip of a peninsula with a lighthouse overlooking a great beach and stunning ocean views. We took a long walk on a completely deserted beach. Why are there no people in these amazing places!? It was breathtaking. Some friends from Vancouver met us at the campsite to spend a few days with us; we shared some food, good wine and lively stories.
Stay tuned for Days 9-14… (we’ll be going to the Dunes!) :)