Weekend Update: The Beach

 

The weather in San Francisco was a little dreary over this weekend, so we escaped up north to Muir Beach to try and get a little sun. We brought Duke with us and we found out he really doesn’t like water. He LOVES sand though! He dug holes and rolled around in the sand, which meant he needed a mandatory bath when he got home. It was a great time!Duke at Muir Beach

 

 

Dogs at Muir Beach

I also thought I would share the custom table for the Westfalia, that sits in the middle of the front seats so we have a nice little arm rest. Also as you can see, a strap at a blanket have become my head rest in the car, because I am too dang short for the seats. custom table westfaliaAnd here is a little portrait that I took for fun because I saw really pretty dappled light, always got to capitalize on that dappled light!

 

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Well that was my weekend, how was yours?!

 

-PK

Hendy Woods State Park camping trip

westfalia vanagon Having all the national parks closed for a couple of weeks wasn’t fun. We skipped camping during the weeks the Natl’ parks were closed to avoid over crowded state parks. Last weekend we went to Hendy Woods State Park to camp in the Westfalia. We brought our friends who camped in our tent. Its always nice to have extra camping stuff so that you can take friends with you camping when you want.

I got to have my most favorite camp snack while we were there. The banana smore!

For anyone who hasn’t had one, here’s how it works.

Take a banana and peel away one side, on the inside of the curve of the banana. Carve out some of the banana (and eat that!) to make a little trough to hold marshmallows and chocolate. I usually use chocolate chips if I happen to have some at home.

Once you’ve filled the hollowed out section of the banana with marshmallows and chocolate you put the flap of skin back over that part of the banana. Then wrap foil around the whole thing and put it by the fire. I usually leave it for 3 minutes and turn it with the other side facing toward the fire for a few more and then pull it out and EAT! SO GOOD!hendy-woods-state-parkWe stopped at lots of places on our drive to and from the campground.

antique-store redwood-logs-wood redwood-logs apple-stand-boxesWe got lots of fruit, apple cider and antique shopping done on our drive.

My friend had been invited to a concert on Mt Tam just off a hiking trail, the views while driving up Mt Tam were amazing!mt-tam-view

I have a few more pictures from the concert to come in a following post!

San Francisco Summer is here

For anyone who lives in San Francisco, you know about our micro climates. The constant change of sun in the Financial District to cold fog in the sunset is something that most people who live here are prepared for everyday. It BAFFLES tourists when they come, most come with summer shorts and tank tops only to be greeted by clouds and wind in June. There are others who come in mid September or October wearing jackets and boots and are shocked to see 80 degree weather. San Francisco just likes to be silly like the weather sometimes. We recently had a nice big rainstorm which seems to have signaled the end of our San Francisco summer (lots of clouds, wind and cold weather) and welcomed in the sun for the warm fall that we usually get.

For anyone planning to travel to San Francisco, September and October can often times be beautiful which can work in your favor as these aren’t peak times for travelers.

westfalia vanagonHere is our lovely Westy Lucy handling the rain quite well. It was the first time in the season we finally saw the gutters flow with water. It washed a lot of street funk off which was super nice(it can get smelly in some places). We drove out of San Fran for a few hours to the southeast and were welcomed by warm central valley heat.

 

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Goats wanted to welcome us to the nice weather. We also saw a tarantula crossing the road, we immediately stopped and marveled from a distance, so creepy!westfalia-van-puppy

And there is Lucy nestled next to a MUCH bigger RV that belongs to my parents. That adorable little pup is my parents dog Brodie (who I named when I was 18 and obsessed with the Distillers). As you can see the ground is a little wet. The rain followed us out of the Bay Area; when we arrived everyone said we brought the rain with us. Oops.

 

-PK

Ashland’s Emigrant Lake

emigrant lake oregonPulling up midday in Ashland we drove out to do some exploring before residing in our campsite. Emigrant Lake was only a few miles drive. We arrived hoping for a nice spot under some trees. Much of the landscape surrounding the lake was dead grass and crickets chirped loudly. We spotted a spillway on one end of the lake that my boyfriend happily skated for a while.emigrant lake cemetaryWe explored an old cemetery covered in dead brush and old tombstones. glenyan-campground

After feeling we had defeated all the lake had to offer we left the lake. Upon pulling in to our final destination for the evening we were both relieved to see lush trees and a duck pond to welcome us. glenyan campground oregonIt only took us a few moments to pull in, pop the top and explore the campground. We played pool, arcade games and basketball at the Glenyan Campground. glenyan-campground-oregon-2

-PK

San Francisco to Portland

 

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Lucy ran like a dream on the route up to Portland. We took the i-5 the whole way up and divided the drive into two days so we could take our time. avocado spinach hummusWe stopped in Dunsmuir, CA for lunch. Best feeling in the world pulling off to a park and opening up the sliding door and making sandwiches on the table in the back. My favorite adventuring snack is Gluten Free bread, hummus, spinach and peppered avocado.canyonville-oregonWe stopped and looked in an antique shop there.canyonville-oregon canyonville-oregon

While roaming the store we asked an old man what town we were in he told us we were in Canyonville, Oregon, “You youngsters learned about this in elementary school. You are in the third oldest city in Oregon, do you know the oldest? You should remember from the learning about the Oregon Trail.” We both felt reminiscent of Oregon Trail the game.

He told us proudly, “Oregon City is the oldest city in Oregon. It’s the end of the Oregon Trail.”

 

-PK