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Old 07-01-2008, 09:36 PM   #43
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We'll go up to 46 and then north on 101 to Salinas, then west to Monterey and Marina. We plan to over the hill to see the missions either tomorrow or the day after. The website will come in useful.

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Old 07-02-2008, 08:12 AM   #44
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Hi Tom, just caught onto to your thread regarding your fantastic trip! If you catch this post prior to departure this morning to the Monterey Peninsula and need local information, I sent you a PM with my cell number.
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Old 07-02-2008, 11:45 PM   #45
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We went to Mission San Luis Obisbo today. Very impressed with all of the plants. The towns are all so full of beautiful plants, trees and wonderful smells. Succulent bushes here grow in San Antonio, but they are just ground cover.

The Mission is different from the Texas Missions. The one in San Luis just seemed to be the church buildings which suggest that the Indians were more agricultural than hunters. Less roaming. The Missions in Texas would also include encampments for the Indians to live, and work for the Spainish.
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We really enjoy seeing all of the green. Not to mention the very nice weather. It's strange that only a few miles to the east and you're going to be hot. This pic is the San Luis Creek taken just in front of the Mission.
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We're making plans to see a parade on the 4th. Something we always try to do when we're traveling. Fireworks will be seen from the trailer.

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Hi Tom, Nice shots of the mission, thanks for including them.
The Calif. missions did have encampments around them, not sure that any of them survived progress and time.
Where are you seeing a parade?
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Hi Tom, Nice shots of the mission, thanks for including them.
The Calif. missions did have encampments around them, not sure that any of them survived progress and time.
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Dave,

I think the parade is in Cayuga. A friend of ours here in Morro Bay has a 1934 Indian that she used to ride in the parade. We've really enjoyed attending July 4th parades in small towns. Parades, BBQ, and cold beer just seem to spell Independence Day.

If Cal Poly had a need for a Texas historian we just might have a hard time not taking it and moving out here. Pat & I have really enjoyed our time here, and can only hope that the rest of our trip up the coast, or as near up the coast as the fires permit, will be as nice as Morro Bay. My DW is really a Texan in every sense of the word, so when she said that she wouldn't hesitate to live here I was amazed.

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The parade in Cayucos was really cute. It had a bit of everything, and no one was disappointed. This was a parade put on by the whole community and anyone was welcomed to participate.Click image for larger version

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ID:	63300 We rested a bit ourselves and then went to the harbor area to watch the fireworks. It was crowded, and foggy so we left after the first salvo did nothing more than light up the clouds. Several people on the beach were shooting off their fireworks, and the fog didn't hide theirs so we had our show.

We went to the mission in San Miguel the next day, and it was very nice. There was about a 25 degree variance in temperature from the coast inland about 20 miles. The woman at the mission told us that this is the most complete mission we will see in California. She told us that the towns encroachment would eat away from the out buildings until only the chapels and a few buildings were left. San Miguel had not grown like the other towns and so no distruction for town growth.

This is what happened to the Alamo in San Antonio. The Alamo became surrounded by businesses, and piece by piece it started to disappear. The conservationists put a stop to it around the end of the 19th Century, but the Chapel and courtyard area is about all that is left.

I filled up when we got back to Morro Bar, and paid $5.15 p/g for diesel. Gettin kinda pricey.

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Glad you enjoyed our area, yeah the fuel prices are definately higher here. Cayucos is a great little town, if the hou$ing wasn't out of sight there it would be high on my list of places to live.
Keep posting, it's interesting seeing others experiences and what their interests are.
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Glad you enjoyed our area, yeah the fuel prices are definately higher here. Cayucos is a great little town, if the hou$ing wasn't out of sight there it would be high on my list of places to live.
Keep posting, it's interesting seeing others experiences and what their interests are.
We passed a realtor's leaving the parade, and saw a flyer. Yikes! We made it to Marina yesterday, and did the 17 mile tour today, wow. Stopped at the Carmel Mission, wow again. Wifi problem, so pics will come later.

Fuel in Marina is $5.79 p/g. Gads! 8 gallons for $50. Off to San Francisco tomorrow.

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See if you can stay in Bodega Bay at Doran regional park. Then north 35 miles to Stillwater Cove 16 miles north of Jenner. Both worth staying at but Stillwater is a RELAXING place with NO amenities like wifi, cell service, hookups, etc. Weekends are full at both but weekday stops will probably find you a spot.
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We've made it to Petaluma, but the Excursion may be sick. The last two days its been making a noise kinda like a kazoo. At first it would happen around 60-65 and stop at lower speeds. Then it started at lower speeds, and would get louder when the transmission went into a lower gear. I've checked the fluids and they are fine. As long as the Ford dealer here can here the same thing I did, and fix it is all I'm thinking now. They took it in right away, and said they'd try to look at it today, but would get to it for sure tomorrow. Well we're here for 4 nights so I hope they can get it done.

At least I've got a chance to get some pictures up.

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We made the drive from Morro Bay without any incident - except for the noise noted in the previous post. We took the 17 Mile Drive in Pebble Beach and were really blown away. The waves on the rocks, seals, trees, fog just everything that a flatlander would never see anywhere else. We also went through Carmel Mission. It's beauty shows what can be done to restore a Mission when there is financial backing.
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The area was a bit pricey so we didn't spend too much. Diesel was 5.79 p/g, and they didn't take credit cards plus they wanted a .45 fee to use a debit card to pay for it. I paid $50 cash for 8 gallons. Drove out towards San Francisco and the price dropped to 5.09. I wasn't surprised by the prices, and we wanted to stay in the area.
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San Francisco

The trip up from Marina was a nice trip with gorgeous views. Going North, all the scenic pull outs are on the other side. There weren't that many, but when my DW saw a lighthouse we started looking, and found, a pull out.
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The traffic started getting heavier around Pacifica, but nothing really bad. I had been concerned about the road going through San Francisco, only to learn later that it had been upgraded after the 1989 earthquake instead of rebuilding the damaged freeway. Nice wide lanes up to the Presidio area, and then it got kind of narrow. Going through big cities mid-day has worked this whole trip, and it did once more. Traffic was very manageable. Getting up and onto the Golden Gate Bridge was exciting, but we got on and enjoyed the views of the bay. This trip across there was no fog. We got to Petaluma fine, and the KOA here is exceptional. Nice wide spaces, and very accommodating staff. It was over 100, but with both a/c's working the trailer cooled down nicely.

The next day I had the Excursion worked on. See my thread Turbo Flutter for that saga.

Then we went to San Francisco for the day. The trip over we had fog. We went to the Japanese Tea Gardens, and how beautiful they were.Click image for larger version

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This was my wife's first trip to San Francisco and she really enjoyed it. Tomorrow we're going to go over to Bodega Bay to see the sights there. Then Saturday it's off to Benbow.

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Just found the thread - if you are going 1 and not 101 above SF then look for these cgs: Manchester SP (just north of Pt Arena); Albion Creek CG (pvt); Mackerricher SP (just N of Ft Bragg) and one of our favorites is Westbay Union SP - you won't find a place closer to the ocean.

Skip Shelter Bay (west out of Garberville) as it is a long way for little reward and the road tho paved, isn't good. There are a couple of state parks in the Redwoods and you can't go wrong in any of them.

A word to the wise: if you are hoping to find a cg on a weekend night along 1 or 101...well, you've probably already learned what that's like.

Got lots of suggestions for the Oregon coast if you want 'em.

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Agsag, thanks for the tips. We're at Brookings and will leave for Florence in the morning. I started planning this trip, on another thread over a year ago, and it's been a success so far because of the great advice I received.

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