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Old 09-08-2010, 04:10 PM   #43
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I just looked up the website to see how far and learned the Kirk Creek CG will be closed Oct. 11 to Oct. 31 for roadwork. The Plaskett Creek CG will be closed at the same time.

This is a bummer since we will be in the area towards the end of October.

Kirk Creek is 50 miles from Monterey and 65 miles from San Luis Obispo.

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Old 09-08-2010, 05:32 PM   #44
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How far would you say Kirk Creek is from Monterrey. How hard was it to get a spot there?
It's about 40 -50 ish from Monterey. Very popular US Forest Service campgrounds. No hook ups or potable water. Plenty of water spigots but marked as non-potable. I took a short hike up the hill across the highway and found the water source....drawn from Kirk Creek and piped to the campground. This probably means that it isn't treated so if you grew up in the 40's and 50's like me your 'plumbing' can handle it . Half the campsites, 34 sites, are first come first served. While we were there the camp host said to arrive between 8 9 in the morning and grab a site that's being vacated. We arrived at 10 ish on a Monday in August and 2 sites were available. There were some on site campers picking up on sites just vacated that were more prefered than the sites they were in. The camp host will help in the logistics....in other words tell him what you want to do. The remaining sites can be reserved. But you probably need to reserve early.
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Eureka (I've Found It)

Our entry into California cost us the only Orange we had on board...one lousy orange bought at a safeway in Washington...confiscated by the California fruit police...it wasn't the orange...bu jez don;'t they have anythin better to do

and once the journey got goin...california looked absolutely beautiful goin down the one 0 one....the redwoods and the 7% grades made a beautiful drive...then just near Orick...we came upon "Elk meadow"...where majestic elk forolic and play in great numbers

the fog and sunshine interspersed among the redwoods made it seem like the majic kingdom...however broke it really is

we will spend two days exploring the redwoods and up and down the coast before departing Eureka land
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Old 09-08-2010, 08:28 PM   #46
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Hey guys...if you go tho the link I listed above:

ALL PUBLIC CAMPGROUNDS: STATE PARKS NATIONAL PARKS FORESTS camping Canada Provincial Parks BLM Army Engineers TVA County Regional campgrounds

when you click on the campground you're interested in, it opens a small window that will give you the mileage and directions, with a map...

clicking on the Kirk Cr marker, and inserting Montery, ca, it shows about 58 miles, etc, etc, - try it out, it's a gas....

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Old 09-09-2010, 09:34 AM   #47
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We are in San Francisco, having spent the last 6 days driving through the Redwoods and down Hwy 101 & 1. Beautiful, and unlike anything we have ever seen.

We saw the Elk near Orick and drove the road through the Indian Reservations that went through and above the Redwoods. Saw more Elk. This road appears on the map to be paved, but most of it is not. It was a slow and arduous drive, but worth the time for the views.

Hwy 1 the past 2 days offered spectacular views of the coast, unique villages, homes, groves of trees, beautiful flowers, etc. We are 22' and the drive was very doable but required supreme concentration on the part of driver-Doug. Not for the faint of heart.

We stayed in a PA campground three nights ago, boondocked on a bluff in a pullout two nights ago and came in to Candlestick RV Park in San Francisco yesterday, where we will be til Saturday.

We chose this park in spite of some negative reviews, because of its' location and shuttle into town. It is quite nice, paved, fenced and gated, reminiscent of the French Quarter RV Park in NOLA, for those who have been, but not as new. It is clean, staff were very helpful, bathrooms are decent, and $12 round-trip will get you to and from the heart of SF without driving and parking. Perfect for us.

Travel safe.

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Old 09-09-2010, 10:33 AM   #48
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Maggie...

Sounds like a great trip, with some wonderful 'west coast' stuff thrown in...

I have to admit, we're somewhat 'spoiled' out here in Northern Calif with all the neat stuff to do...

When you get up to Fisherman's Wharf for the 'sight-see' thing, you might want to check out Scoma's restaurant - it's our favorite there - yummy...say 'hi' to the sea lions for us....

http://www.scomas.com/

Don't forget to get a nice loaf of crusty SF Sourdough French bread, another real 'yummy' souvenir...and the Crab is to die for, there on the wharf...

Have a fun time in 'The City', as we call it out here - never, 'Frisco'...

You kinda hit a cold snap this week, but that's San Francisco weather...

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lPip.... i see your ?? was answered.....but check out this site for other options: http://www.bigsurcalifornia.org/camping.htm
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Hey Doug&Maggie

Lost track of you did not know you were headed this way...but then I did not know I was headed this way

Well I scoped out the route yesterday and will make the trip to Fort Bragg (from Eureka)via the CA1....44 miles from Leggett to Fort Bragg...twisty and many turns and 7% grades on a narrow road...but hey, there were many others in bigger rigs than mine and throw in a log truck or two and Hey.....take your time and be extremely careful and ......I'm going all the way on Ca1 after Fort Bragg...Just discovered PortoBodega which I am going to after Fort Bragg...

then into SF and across the Golden Gate at daylight and into Monterey and Salinas...

We were amazed at the Elk at Orick and are going back today to explore more...
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We spent the day in SF yesterday, where it was crazy-busy near Fisherman's Wharf but more normal in terms of foot traffic elsewhere in the city. Loved the sea lion herd (?) at the Wharf! Walked "the Haight", saw Chinatown, and many streets of old Victorian and Edwardian homes. It is a very beautiful and unique city.

Had chowder and sourdough at the Wharf (thanks for the tip, Ray) and an excellent dinner in Chinatown. Going back for the day today.

Candlestick RV park is very nice and quite busy. The shuttle yesterday am left on time and was a very efficient way to get into town. They coordinate with one of the hop-on, hop-off tours, $40 apiece for a two day pass, which is quite reasonable in our experience with these tours. A really good way for a newcomer to get an overview and then decide what to explore more thoroughly.

kingfisher24---we will be in CA awhile longer, maybe we can connect. Going to Lodi tomorrow to see a friend of Doug's, then returning to Hwy1 to see Big Sur, etc., before visiting friends in Riverside. Stay in touch and travel safe.

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We are in San Francisco, having spent the last 6 days driving through the Redwoods and down Hwy 101 & 1. Beautiful, and unlike anything we have ever seen.

We saw the Elk near Orick and drove the road through the Indian Reservations that went through and above the Redwoods. Saw more Elk. This road appears on the map to be paved, but most of it is not. It was a slow and arduous drive, but worth the time for the views.

Hwy 1 the past 2 days offered spectacular views of the coast, unique villages, homes, groves of trees, beautiful flowers, etc. We are 22' and the drive was very doable but required supreme concentration on the part of driver-Doug. Not for the faint of heart.

We stayed in a PA campground three nights ago, boondocked on a bluff in a pullout two nights ago and came in to Candlestick RV Park in San Francisco yesterday, where we will be til Saturday.

We chose this park in spite of some negative reviews, because of its' location and shuttle into town. It is quite nice, paved, fenced and gated, reminiscent of the French Quarter RV Park in NOLA, for those who have been, but not as new. It is clean, staff were very helpful, bathrooms are decent, and $12 round-trip will get you to and from the heart of SF without driving and parking. Perfect for us.

Travel safe.

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That sounds so nice! I love Prairie Creek Redwoods. They have the best scenery and wildlife of any park in the State. My family camps every 4th of July at Patrick's Point near there. That is good to know about Candlestick, thanks for that. Check out Height street. It use to be the hippie area, but it has some great shopping. Are you going to head south on the 101? If so Monterey is nice, love the Aquarium.
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Our entry into California cost us the only Orange we had on board...one lousy orange bought at a safeway in Washington...confiscated by the California fruit police...it wasn't the orange...bu jez don;'t they have anythin better to do
Sorry about the orange! The California produce and fruit crops contribute such a large part of our economy and food for the country that they protect it very jealously.
No doubt you'll drive past a roadside stand where you can replace it with a local one...
Hope you have a great trip out in CA, and remember that not everyone here is nuts! :-)
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Maggie, Glad You're having a good visit to the 'City', a truly unique area, I think you'll agree...

Being at the Candlestick RV park, at least you're away from and around the 'corner' from all that destruction of the huge gas explosion in San Bruno last evening - what a tragedy for that neighborhood!

I don't know what route you plan to take to Lodi tomorrow, but I assume you're leaving in the AM - that way you'll be against the 'grain' of traffic, so to speak, even though it's Saturday...

I'd travel across the Bay Bridge, North on I-80 to Fairfield, where you can then take Hwy-12, Eastbound right into Lodi - probably the most direct route...the weather over here near Lodi is great today in the 80's, and expected to be right at 90 tomorrow...

Hwy-12 is a two lane road, and they now have a barrier in the middle of the roadway to protect you from oncoming traffic - there's some construction, but other than reduced speed area, shouldn't bother you much - we took Hwy-12 a few weeks ago, and you do have to pay 'attention' to the narrow part of the construction, but we made it OK with our 28ft AS....

Just as you roll into Lodi on Hwy-12, there's an In-And-Out Burger place next to the Lowes with lots of room to park your rig if you're hungry at that time...

Have you tried In-And-Out burgers yet? It's a west coast thing, and they have a good rep in the fast food arena - we love em...if you like your onions 'grilled', you ask them for the 'animalized' version - it's not on the menu, you have to ask for it! They're fries are really fresh as they slice the potatoes right before they toss em' in the fryer...you can get more info on their web site....

Enjoy some of the area's wonderful vino when you're in Lodi - we're lucky to have it close by...

Have a safe trip...

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Kirk Creek is very nice. Plaskett Creek, a bit south, is nice also, but not quite as nice as Kirk. We went to Joshua Tree last October for the first time and loved it. We did have our first and only encounter with mice in the Airstream while there, so be prepared. Traps work, but we didn't get a good night's sleep until I plugged every opening I could find under the trailer with aluminum foil and Shoe Goo (there were MANY openings to plug, much to my surprise).
Also, we pulled our tent trailer through San Francisco years ago, and from that experience I would avoid it with our Airstream. Sounds like you're planning to avoid SF... good choice in my opinion.
Have fun! You're traveling to a wonderful part of the world.
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then into SF and across the Golden Gate at daylight and into Monterey and Salinas...
2nd leg of bringing our new 27FB home from Oregon, crossed the GG bridge, I was pretty tense as I did not have much experience driving that large rig down skinny lanes like those on the bridge. Steady, and close eye on the mirrors I kept a few inches of air on each side.

Most concern for me was the turn off Doyle Drive toward 19th ave. Just before going through the tunnel at the Presidio, there's a tight right turn. On the day I went through, big concrete construction bollards choked the curbside lane down even tighter right on the apex of the curve. I think I might have come close, but upon getting home I was relieved that there were no horizontal scratches on the unit!

19th to hwy 280 is a shorter route down the peninsula (and easier traffic), but next time I'll probably stick with the 101/Van Ness truck route... And there's always 580 from San Rafael to Richmond/Oakland, but that's not near as pretty!

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