Escape the heat and smoke
Execute the usual I-80 run. Not much traffic - woo!
Breakfast at Westside Cafe, lunch at Burger King! Get to Petaluma and enjoy Martha’s back yard.
Out early for paper and pastry.
Hang out at the house and enjoy peace and quiet.
Escape the heat, head for the coast
Family returns home, I leave. Awful traffic in Bodega, then peace and quiet at Ocean Cove.
Coffee and groceries in Gualala, then score a site at Van Damme
I look forward to the Gualala stop every time. Take a pretty good hike in both directions at Van Damme
Breakfast stop in Mendocino then Fort Bragg
Don’t love the Mendocino scene, but it sure is pleasant. In Fort Bragg I stay down in the harbor this time.
MacKerricher is just past Fort Bragg
Putter around Fort Bragg in a slightly hungover state, then make the short drive to MacKerricher.
Aiming for 101 inland, but end up stopping at Point Abalone
Back to Fort Bragg for coffee, drop into the dispensary. :) Then driving north, there was this state campground on the beach!
Finally make it to 101. Grab a burger at Peg House. Avenue of the Giants, Eureka.
Pretty familiar route up through the redwoods. Nice evening snack at Cafe Waterfront.
Football Sunday in Eureka. Very fun sunset walk.
10 AM breakfast and bloodies at the AA Bar - wonderful! Nap, long walk, hang out at Katie’s. Waterfront Bistro.
Leave the perfect coast for the overheated interior, sigh…
Donut Mill -> deli -> Los Bagels -> leave town -> Strawhouse ->swelter at Pigeon Point
-> Redding + Corbetts -> two-lane country road to Red Bluff. Sweltering hot again.
Corbetts was excellent. Got my Safeway diesel. Try to find the country road south from the Redding. More tiring than I thought. Still like Sycamore Grove even though it’s weirder nowadays.
Breakfast in Corning, then take the back road to Black Butte.
Dawdle at Sycamore so long I almost missed the “closes at 2” restaurant. Glad I made it, it was a nice place! Then another ½ hour to Black Butte and that’s my travel for the day!
Breakfast in Orland -> Chico -> Llano Seco Colusa Casino.
I-5 Cafe, then look at houses in Chico for a couple of hours.
coffee in Colusa, lunch at Granzella’s, then CA 16 all the way
Basically killing time all day. Took CA 16 just because I never have. First time I ever laid eyes on fabled Cache Creek Casino! :)
Steady Eddies, then the music festival
Coffee in Winters. Dock of the Bay, real deluxe music festival on Mare Island. FUN!Nighttime drive across 37 to Webster St.
Family time around the house all day, very very nice.
Lazy Sunday afternoon with the family, then sleep at the Home Hub.
Breakfast and Safeway and drive to Harbin
Decide to go to Harbin. The drive across those scrubby little mountains is still very tiring. Harbin is perfect this time. Rained hard for a while.
Harbin till three -> Foster’s -> Cowboy Camp
Stay at Harbin till 3:15. Stop at Fosters for that excellent grilled chicken sando, and their hot fudge sundae, which is quite superior to the McD’s version. Quiet at Cowboy Camp.
Granzella’s. Take the roundabout way to Black Butte. Interesting weather.
Really great day! Fun drive puttering along in the storm. Beautiful clouds.
I-5 Diner again. Rest in Chico again. CA 32 is a pretty drive.
I-5 Cafe again, chill in the park in Chico for a couple of hours. CA 32 was beautiful.
Fun in Chester. Lassen National Park
Love Koninkrijk Koffie in Chester. Say hi to Jeff. Mud Pots! South Summit was crowded and not that great.
Hat Creek area is too crowded, go home.
Coffee in Lassen. Lunch at JJ’s Diner. The campgrounds were too crowded, so I decided to go home. Too long nap by Hat Creek, got home after dark.