Overnight Red Bluff RV Park – Red Bluff, CA
On the road again with our first destination at the Apple Store in Santa Rosa. The GPS tells us it’s about 1/2 hour away. First we stop and fill up the gas tank and check the oil. How the hell do I open the hood? I must have taken 5 minutes to finally find the latch release. Duh.
We are driving down yet another twisty, narrow road, with more construction. I swear every little road and bridge in California is being worked on. We stop dead when we are about 5 miles from Santa Rosa on this tight road. No cars coming toward us either. As we wait about 20 minutes, cars start to come our way slowly. They told there was a bad accident ahead about 1 mile and it probably will take a long time. Oh well – we have no agenda so we wait. 10 minutes later though we are moving and squeak around the accident site. Yep it looked very nasty – 2 cars and a transport truck. All their left front wheels were crunched off their axles.
When we get to the Alden Fair in Santa Rosa, all the parking appears to be in parking garages that are way too low for the RV. So we drive to the local Sears repair centre and park in their lot. Oh well – we won’t be that long.
I walk in the Apple Store and up to one of the reps. He’s the floor manager and the head tech. I show him the MacAir and he sees a tiny pebble in the power area. He takes it into the back and comes back with it fixed about 2 minutes later. No charge!! I told him I could have hugged him! I asked him about the connectors for the iPad mini to connect it to the TV that is in the RV (but we didn’t want to pay extra to use it at Go West). I bought the cables and it worked like a charm later on.
We drove to the town of Napa through the beautiful countryside.
There are also many cattle ranches in the area – not just vineyards!
We were not too impressed with the town (compared to Calistoga). It just didn’t have charm. We had lunch in a restaurant – Zuzu – that served Spanish tapas. The 4 tapas we ordered were absolutely delicious. The little place had about 10 tables and there were only a few other customers. Unfortunately, there was a table of 4 seniors sitting in the middle- imagine those loud Americans we meet in Europe – well that was them. We could hardly hear ourselves because one woman in particular was so loud. And it wasn’t because her companions were deaf!
Back onto I-5 and head north to Red Bluff. We passed many olive groves and it is where all the main California olive oil stores are. Very nice.
We get to Red Bluff and I didn’t check my calendar to confirm the name of the RV park. I think it’s Red Bluff RV park so we go there and the host says she doesn’t have a reservation from us. How can that be? I booked for 2 nights. Oh well she showed us to a site and advised that we had to pay at the office in the morning.
It was a very cramped RV park. Not very pleasant to look around and into your neighbour’s windows below your awning.
I get a phone call about 8 p.m. and it’s the Durango RV park checking to see if we will be making it to their park tonight. OMG! We’re at the wrong place. No wonder they didn’t have a reservation! I told the lady that we’d like to come in the morning. She was killing herself laughing on the phone and told me that there was no problem to come early in the morning.
Well early in the morning we left because a garbage truck cleared the bins right behind our RV in the morning before daylight. That’ll wake you up – but then to make sure you don’t go back to sleep another garbage truck comes about 1/2 an hour later and does the same thing. I’m outta here!
We check into the Durango RV park which is 3 miles away. It is absolutely gorgeous. It’s the best place we’ve been to. Beautiful fountains and giant outdoor swimming pool with jacuzzi. The showers are like a spa!
The Sacramento River runs just a stone’s throw in from of our site. The weather is sunny – not a cloud in the sky and about 75.
They recommended a local Italian restaurant and they will deliver right to our site! Something to consider for dinner tonight.