Then onward up Highway 101 to Lakeport, a 3 hour drive to meet with some very special people who very kindly allowed us to use their RV (Recreational Vehicle) or motorized caravan for our very epic journey through the USA
Lakeport town sits at the base of an dormant volcano and is on a clear fresh water lake aptly named "Clear Lake".Dylan managed to catch a "Crappie" fish and I think it probably tastes like its name would imply. Jessica and Dylan were kindly invited to wake board and Dylan was successful in getting up.
The very next day we did our preflight check on the RV. A little about the RV. It is a 27' MinnieWinni or commonly known as a Winnibago. It can sleep 7 and we are 6 so its perfect. It has a shower, toilet and a kitchen so we are very comfortable.
We left at mid-morning 31st May after having one tire replaced and made our way to our first stop near Fort Bragg on the coast. We chose to stay at the the Jackson State Park which is well in the woods among huge pine trees. We were the only RV in the park but there was one camper who insisted on bugging us and made us uncomfortable. After awhile we realized he was smoking it up and had found a place in the woods where he could be left alone to do his drugs. Not a good start and it has put us on our guard for weirdo's in the campsites. Fortunately this has been the only negative experience. Everyone has been so kind giving travel advise, hints and tips where necessary.
1st of June In Fort Bragg we went to see the glass beach which the girls loved.
We joined Hwy 101 Northbound to the Redwoods of California.
In Leggett we watched some people attempt to drive through one of the great Redwood trees. A few tried but lost courage because it is a tight fit. We missed the National Forest campsite and ended up staying at an expensive private RV site but this allowed us to wash our clothes, dump our waste water and have a hot long shower before continuing up the Hwy101 through the "Avenue of the Giants" Redwood forest. We made a bad turn somewhere because Emma the GPS decided we needed to turn right into some mountains which became quite scary in the RV. 5 miles up this road I found a good turning point and we stopped to see what was going on. Annalise had programmed "Six Rivers" in the Humboldt National Forests which should have been a few hours North. The GPS found a second Six River National Forest and it was clearly the wrong one. I wonder how many people this has caught and sent them to a very remote place in California. We finally managed to get our bearings again and traveled North to a campsite called Panther Flats. We were able to shower here and I will be sure to remember this campsite for our return journey. The next day, 3rd June, we decided to do the next leg straight through Oregon, West of Portland, to the Evergreen Space and Aviation Museum in one hit.