Sunday, June 13, 2010

Time to Drive Home!

It never fails that I drag my feet when it comes time to pack up to go home. Knowing it will only take me less then an hour to prepare for departure, I decide to take Bella for her last whoraw around the park.

She has developed her own direction and once her job has been performed, she knows just the right way home. I wonder if she knows this is her last time walking that path. Does she realize the trailer getting packed again means we'll be on the road soon. I think so. She's dragging her feet.

So we're all ready to go...


But first we must stop...


for a champagne cake,
maple bars
and  few other goodies.

After one last stop to pick up Calistoga Water



we can now say good bye to the valley. 

Our journey home was just like the trip up, uneventful.


Since we came up the 101 we decided to take the 99 home. To get to the 99 we must first go along the 12. Open farm land on rolling hills. Bad thing is they are doing construction and we could only go 45 mph. Up and down, bump and grind. It almost made me sick.

It was nice to see the delta's and the view
encouraged a few conversations about the trips we had there.


Once on the 99,


even Bella settled down for the long flat road ahead. Many of the trains we saw had beautiful graffiti if one could say graffiti is beautiful. Though I don't promote doing it, some of the work is like art. Very creative!

My favorite part of this drive is the drive up and over the Tehachapi's.
We take the 58 off the 99 from Bakersfield.
It will take us to the 395S
to the 215,
to the 210,
to the 10,
 to the 86 and onto the 8 and home.
See why I like the 101.
The trip starts on the 8, to the 5, to the 405
and then the 101 all the way to the bay area.


The view while traveling to the top is spectacular!
Distracts the aggravation from the many people who enjoy cutting you off,
while cresting a hill with a trailer. Idiots!


The purple wildflowers going up the mountains was beautiful.


Tunnels throughout the mountain for the trains. I tried to get some cool shots of the trains going over old trelliss's, but going 60 mph, added to the trains speed in the opposite direction, they just didn't come out. Hubby just laughs. At least on the 101 he could slow down for some of the pictures. Not on the 58's


The town that has the cutest little lake.

Check out Brite Lake...


As you drive in, every other tree is carved on one side and sometimes on both and a few had three. There is a tall totem pole by the livery that has a cat on the top. An outhouse that house bears and raccoons goofing around on top and in the door. Just some amazing carving. The other great thing is it's a small park and only has 12 hook ups so there is no crowding between neighbors.


There is tent and self contained camping down by the water, but we really like our power and water, LOL. Even if just for a night. Someday we should bring the family here for a long weekend. It's only 5 hours from Yuma.


My batteries went dead on my camera so I have only a few pictures of the last leg of the trip. Once home, 'Grand' Bug was over. He had been calling since we were 2 hours away. Was he anxious to see me or Bella?

1 comment:

  1. Hope you have been doing well! I recognize that statue :) We are headed up to Mendocino County for the 4th. Glad to see you had a nice trip and arrived home safely.

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