Sue and Mo at Harris Beach

Sue and Mo at Harris Beach
Sue and Mo at Harris Beach

Friday, January 31, 2020

01-31-2020 Half Moon Bay to Big Sur Pfeiffer State Park 125 Miles

The Big Sur Coast

Today dawned damp and foggy at Half Moon Bay. We were camped in the Half Moon Bay State Park Campground, and when we first arrived we laughed and said, no way would we need to worry about a reservation here in winter. Wrong! When we returned from our drinks last night at the Distillery, the campground was almost completely full. I am so glad that we had a reservation.

In spite of the full sites, the campground was delightfully quiet, and we slept well. I got up at 5 to use up the last of my battery to write last night’s post, and by 7 we had a bit of leftover coffee heated up in a pan to suffice until our morning coffee get together at Peet’s Coffee with another of Mo’s long time friends from her days living in this part of California.

Bonnie and Dick have lived in El Granada, just north of Half Moon bay, for 44 years. We had a great time chatting over good coffee and laughing together about old times. It is always wonderful when you can get together with great friends from years past.

After our morning visit, we drove back up the coast to Montara, where Mo had her ranchette for many years. She and her friend Carol boarded horses, had chickens, ducks, rabbits and worms and Mo as usual spent a lot of time remodeling and repairing the barns, fences and the house. A little bit of history, she bought the house in the early 70’s for 170,000 and today it is on the market for 2.5 million. We wanted to see how it looked.

When Mo lived there, the view to the ocean was wide open, but in the last couple of decades since she sold it, the trees have been allowed to grow and there is no more view. In addition, it seems that the current owners (the same ones who bought it from Mo) love privacy, and have let all the hedges grow tall and thick. It seemed terribly claustrophobic. Mo is a great one for keeping the plants under control, and sometimes we disagree about what should be hacked back and what should go free. I would agree 100 percent with Mo that the charm of the place was so hidden by shrubbery that neither of us would want to live there.

Still, it was fun to see it. As we drove around the back corner of the property, a young man was working on a wood pile of old eucalyptus, and asked what we were doing. He was born and raised right there in the house next door and he remembered Mo. He told us lots of stories about the local neighbors, many who had passed, and surprisingly many more who were still living right there in the same neighborhood. It was fun seeing the ranch and talking with the young man.

We then drove back south to Moss Beach and checked out the house that Mo first bought when she moved to the coast. It was on a very steep hill, originally built on stilts and now is almost completely hidden by more shrubs and trees. Mo was very grateful to no longer being navigating all those steep hills along the east side of Highway 1.

Returning to the rig in time to check out before noon, we had very little to do. Nights with no hookups are so pleasant the next morning. No electric, no water, no sewer, nothing to do except raise the jacks and pull in the slide. We were on the road by 11:30, in time to watch the damp fog lift and see the sunshine lighting up the ocean as we traveled south on Highway 1 toward Santa Cruz. I drove, so again no photos. I am always best driving in the early part of the day, leaving the long afternoons to Mo. The traffic was reasonably light, and the views opened up beautifully.

Big Dipper Roller Coaster at the Santa Cruz Boardwalk in 2004

Santa Cruz was a bit busier with heavy traffic, and Highway 1 meanders through town from stop light to stop light before continuing south toward Monterey. We have visited Santa Cruz and Monterey many times in the past, and had no desire to stop. The Boardwalk in Santa Cruz is fun, and I have photos of me in the front car of the roller coaster, memories of getting in trouble for having a beer on the beach as we took our previous dog Molly for a walk, and oohing and ahhing at all the cute little cottages in Capitola. I bought many a skein of yarn at the great yarn shop in town, and we watched a moon rise over the bay on a dark Saturday night. Good memories and no need to try to repeat them on this sunny morning.

Campsite in Monterey Family Camp in 2012

Continuing toward Monterey, we had even more memories of camping at the military family camp in that city. We laughed about how crowded it was and about how tiny and uneven our site was. 15 years ago we visited Monterey, enjoying the wharf, the shops and great food. We did an historical town tour on that southern journey, once again, no need to repeat that experience as well.

We simply had fun as we drove around the bay, remembering strawberries in Watsonville and artichokes in Castroville and a day wandering the lovely streets of Carmel.

On this day, we were simply trying to find another nice beach for Mattie, and several miles south of Monterey, we finally found a pullout next to a beautiful beach with room for parking. Monastery Beach was gorgeous with turquoise water up close fading to deep blue on the horizon. The sand was clean and the beach was small, but there weren’t many people walking. Once out of the rig with the dog we found out why.

The sand was tiny gravel sized pebbles, and our feet sank in deeply with each step, a bit like walking on little bitty marbles. Not easy. We finally sat down to enjoy the waves and the view, and even Mattie wasn’t very excited about running around in that sand. She was huffing and puffing as well after a few rounds. Lunch in the rig watching the waves through the door was perfect, and I said we had better enjoy the warm sun. My memory of the campgrounds around Big Sur was filled with huge old trees and lots of shade.

Once we began the winding climb south from Carmel toward Big Sur, the sun seemed even more brilliant than before. Mo took over driving and suddenly I wanted to stop at every pull out along the road to take photos. I have my big camera with me, but have been so spoiled with the smaller bridge camera (sadly damaged beyond repair by a freak accident last month) that I had forgotten just how heavy and cumbersome the Nikon is. Instead I opted for phone photos. Now and then I’ll pull out the Nikon, but am a bit appalled at how lazy I have become. Phone photos will have to do for now.

One of the last pullouts was especially gorgeous, and as we parked, I saw the first whale spout. We watched for 15 minutes or so and saw more whales than we have ever seen at one time. Some were out about a mile, but others were closer, and once I saw the dark back of a giant gray whale near the surface of the water.

The world's entire population of gray whales (approximately 23,000 individuals) migrates past the Big Sur coastline twice a year. From December to February they're heading south to their calving and breeding grounds in the warm bays of Baja Mexico. On this journey they are somewhat further out from shore. From February to April they return to the north, traveling closer to shore so the new mothers can better protect their young from predating killer whales and sharks. Watching them moving south on their migration was wonderful. I have no idea how many were in the pod, but it had to have been at least 8 based on the spread of the spouts. Thrilling, even from a distance.

I have spent many miles of this trip along the coast thinking about the fact that this iconic highway is known as one of the most beautiful drives in the world. When we rode the Ring of Kerry in Ireland, I tried to remember Big Sur with the famous Irish route. Today, I was mentally thinking about the Ring of Kerry, and the Oregon Coast, and the northern part of Highway 1 along the California Coast. I decided there is no way to compare, each route is magnificent in its own way.

We arrived at Pfeiffer by 3:30, and as I remembered the campground was nestled into a thick deep forest. On a hot summer day the coolness would feel wonderful, but today I was glad that we had taken out time along the coast and enjoyed the winter sun before arriving at our shady camp.

The road through the campground was a bit confusing, and very narrow. Once at our site we had to do some interesting maneuvers to get parked into the spot. I realized that without hookups we could have simply pulled in front ways, but then we would have had to do the maneuvers in the morning to leave on the one way road. With a bit of jockeying, we managed to get settled. Once again we had no hookups, but this time we had planned ahead and had plenty of water and fuel for the quiet night.

We are now sitting in the beautifully dark campground, surrounded at a reasonable distance by a few quiet tent campers. I just turned on the generator. Oops. I always feel so guilty about the generator noise in campgrounds like these, remembering my tent camping days in years past and all those noisy generators. In fairness, ours isn’t really terribly loud, and we will only run it long enough to do a few things like charge up the phones and the computer, make a pot of coffee for morning, and heat up our leftovers for supper in the microwave. It’s good to run the generator every now and then, and we haven’t used it in quite some time now. Mo runs it at home to keep it in good shape, maybe every two or three weeks.

Dinner of leftovers is spectacular, with the delicious chicken fajitas that Mo had at Barbaras Fish Trap yesterday. I have my own enchiladas that I cooked before we left home, still delicious and filling. If I didn’t need to charge the electronics, I could have no doubt heated up our leftovers in a pan, but who wants to do that and then have to clean the pan! No hookups for a couple of nights now isn’t a problem for us, but might not be that much fun for our neighbors. Ah well. Technology wins

As the evening dimmed, we took Mattie for a walk along the lovely Big Sur River and I noticed several huge sycamores throughout the park. In addition to the sycamores, California’s narrow band of coast redwoods reach their southernmost extent at the Big Sur coast. There are several huge trees in the campground nestled in along the river. Some of the ancient sycamores were taller than some of the redwoods. I used the panorama mode of the phone to try to capture their height.

We loved seeing the old stone buildings, tables, and firepits that were built by the CCC back in the 30’s. As in many other wonderful state and national parks throughout the country, the beauty of the work done by these men is inspiring.

I thought it interesting that when I made the reservation at the campground there were very few sites available, and as we drove through there were reserved signs on every single site. Even after dark, less than half the sites were in use. The sites can be reserved online as we did, but I never did see any option for getting into a spot without a reservation.

The drive south to Big Sur and the beautiful dark night in the campground was especially healing for me.  As I watched the sea and the whales and the gorgeous wild coastline I felt a shift in my inner thinking.  I wrote this somewhere along the Big Sur coast to remind myself.

“I find that as the loss becomes integrated into my life that I am more appreciative. A good cup of coffee tastes wonderful. A glass of cool white wine is savored. The low fog among the rocks on the coast is enjoyed. The smell of the redwoods in camp this morning lingers. Watching the shifting views of ocean, surf, mountains, blue skies appreciated differently. Life is precious.”

Thursday, January 30, 2020

01-30-2020 South on Highway 1 Olema to Half Moon Bay

We woke to thick fog this morning, damp and gray. Yesterday was so beautiful and I so appreciated that our explorations of the Seashore hadn’t been dampened by rain or serious fog. I took Mattie out for a walk, noticing that all the puddles from the previous day were still just as wet. Coastal fog is incredibly beautiful when it is flying up the ravines and canyons, misty and magical. Not so much when it is lying like a cold wet blanket over everything.

The very best part of that fog, however, was that it lifted early. By the time we were ready to pull out of the campground at 8:30, the sun broke through. Olema Campground was quite nice, with sites well spaced. The huge puddles that we rolled through the day before as we entered had been reduced by workers with big pumps and hoses. I never checked out the bathroom, even though it was right next to our site, but a neighbor told us that to be sure to use the women’s room because the men’s side had no hot water. Not a problem for us, no men, and we rarely use camp bathrooms anyway.

The wonderfully informative ranger at the Point Reyes NS desk had told us about Stinson Beach, where dogs can run off-leash. With a short drive of 94 miles to our destination, there was plenty of time to give Mattie some good playtime. It is so much fun to watch that little dog on sand. She is getting to know the word “beach”, and gets very excited when we park and she realizes there is a beach nearby.

The walk was beautiful, long stretches of sand with the dog section to the north and the leash free section just a bit beyond. There were only a few dogs in the distance and they were walking away from us, so Mattie didn’t get any friends to play with at first. She was happy with sand, lots of sand. She runs like she did as a puppy, wildly happy, running in circles in the soft sand. Doesn’t matter if it is a beach or a desert sand dune, Mattie loves the sand.

We cut our walk short after half an hour or so knowing that the timing for crossing the Golden Gate Bridge might be important and we needed to get moving south. On the way back to the car, a woman appeared with 2 water dogs, and suddenly Mattie had some playmates. We were careful, and the woman was as well, saying one of the dogs was young and she was dog sitting. Everything was fine at first, but when Mattie started getting really excited, so did the other two dogs, and two against one was not a good idea. It took a minute to get everyone settled down, but I picked Mattie up by the halter. I do love that halter in an unsure situation. I can pick her up quickly, just like a little suitcase.

Back on Highway 1 heading south we followed the very narrow road through the tiny town of Stinson Beach, and continued down along the coast toward Mt Tamalpais, famous Bay Area peak. The road was even more winding and narrow than the first section of Highway 1 at the far north near Leggett. Mo and I have a new idea about those noisy rumble strips in the middle of the road. If we can hear them, we know that the MoHo isn’t hanging over the edge of the road on the right side, where the cliff side is dropping off to the ocean. There wasn’t much traffic at first, but as we continued toward Sausalito and down the east side of the mountain, traffic was heavier, and we had to stay off the rumble strip.

Once off the mountain, our route on-ramped Highway 101 and the gorgeous Golden Gate came into view. I was getting out money and credit card, planning to pay the fee at the toll booth as we crossed the bridge. Lo and behold, there was no toll booth! We had seen a sign at the beginning of the bridge with costs, but were never stopped. Not sure of the price, or how long it will take to get a bill from the state of California, but now it seems they read the license plates automatically. Sure makes for a lot less traffic congestion at the bridge.

Continuing south on Highway 1 through the most iconic part of San Francisco south of Golden Gate park brought back lots of memories. The stucco row houses are much the same as they have been for as long as I can remember. Most seemed well cared for and freshly painted along the busy 4 lane street. I didn’t manage to get photos, but we laughed about how everything can still look the same after so many years. There is a stop light at every block for 6 miles or so before once again we were on a freeway.

I had forgotten just how close the small coastal towns are to each other. It was easy for Mo to remember since she taught school in Pacifica and lived in Montara for more than 25 years. She had to drive Highway 1 over the famous Devils Slide every single day unless the road was closed, which it often was. If that happened, commuters were required to drive south to Half Moon Bay, and east over the mountains and back north to San Bruno and then back south to Pacifica. Not a fun commute! The problem of the constantly unstable slide was solved a few years ago with a magnificent bit of engineering, the Devil’s Slide tunnel.

Unsurprisingly, the fog was thick along the coast as we emerged from the tunnel. Mo laughed, saying she was used to it, and all you had to do was wait till afternoon and the sun would shine. Ugh. Not something I would have enjoyed at all.

We arrived at Half Moon Bay State Park, with reservations in the campground in hand. What we hadn’t realized when we made the reservation was that we were in a dry campsite, with no electric. Somehow we thought we were getting a full hook up site. There are hookup sites in the park, and we thought about moving, but decided it wasn’t necessary. We dumped the tanks, parked the car, and then drove a mile back to the gas station for fuel. The generator will not run if the MoHo fuel tank is below a quarter full, and we were too low for generator use.

By 2, we were right on time to call Mo’s friend Judy. Mo and Judy have been friends since years ago when Judy boarded her horse at Mo’s small ranch in Montera. We agreed to meet at Barbara’s Fish Trap, back north in Princeton. The food was wonderful, and visiting with Judy was delightful.

I somehow completely forgot to take photos until the very last minute. Judy came back home with us for a short visit and to meet Mattie and I suddenly remembered, Oh my, I forgot to take photos! As everyone was saying goodbye, I said, STOP! This one photo of Judy and Mo together was taken from the doorway of the MoHo as Judy was leaving. Whew.

We settled in for a few minutes, deciding that it might be a bit too late to go see Mo’s old ranch, but definitely not too late to drive back north to the Moss Beach Distillery. The history of this old restaurant is fascinating. Here is the story from the sign on the front of the establishment.

During Prohibition, the San Mateo Coast was an ideal spot for rum running, bootleggers, and “speakeasies”, establishments which sold illegal booze to thirsty clients. One of the most successful speakeasies of this era was “Frank,s Place” on the cliffs at Moss Beach. Built by Frank Torres in 1927, “Frank’s” became a popular night spot for silent film stars and politicians from the City. Mystery writer Dashell Hammett frequented the place and used it as a setting for one of his detective stories.

The restaurant, located on the cliffs above a secluded beach was in the perfect location to benefit from the clandestine activities of Canadian rum-runners. Under cover of darkness and fog, illegal whiskey was landed on the beach, dragged up a steep cliff and loaded into waiting vehicles for transport to San Francisco. Some of the booze always found its way into the garage eneath “Frank’s Place.” Frank Torres used his excellent political and social connections to operate a highly successful, if illegal, business. Unlike many of the speakeasies along the coast, “Franks Place” was never raided.

With the repeal of Prohibition in 1933 Frank remained in the food service business as one of the most successful restaurateurs along the San Mateo coastline. Now called the Moss Beach Distillery, it also retains one of Frank’s former customers. It’s resident ghost, “The Blue Lady’ still haunts the premises, trying to recapture the romance and excitement of Frank’s speakeasy years. The story of the “blue Lady” was documented by the TV program “Unsolved Mysteries”, and has been seen by millions of people around the world.

Even on a week night, it was a jumping happy place, with several people braving the cool evening to drink and dine on the patio overlooking the sea. We opted for Irish Coffee’s inside at a table with a gorgeous view of the sunset over the Pacific. It was a perfect way to end the day.

Driving back south along Highway 1, the traffic coming toward us was bumper to bumper for miles. Mo said it was like that on the weekends when she lived in Montara, but rarely during the week. Later talking with another friend we plan to meet with for coffee tomorrow morning, we found out that commuters are working on the other side of the mountain and living along the coast. The traffic is awful all the time now. Mo said she surely didn’t miss that part of living in this lovely place.

Tomorrow we plan to visit with another old friend and check out Mo’s old ranch.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

01-29-2020 Visiting Point Reyes National Seashore

I recently read a blog from Nickie about their visit to Point Reyes National Seashore back in 2015. It looked wonderful, and as we planned our trip south I made sure that we would spend an extra day on the road to enjoy the park. I didn’t think I had been there in the past, but when I perused old photos I found that on our very first trip to California together, Mo and I visited Drake’s Beach, right in the middle of the sanctuary.

It was a long time ago, back in 2004, and it was a short side trip on our route south. Mo didn’t remember our visit either. It’s a good thing I have photos or I wouldn’t remember much at all, especially in the days before blogging. I am pretty sure there is a journal entry back home in our old leather journal, but that doesn’t help much when on the road.

We began our morning with a short jaunt from the campground to the Bear Valley Visitor Center. The building is architecturally lovely, with lots of tall glass windows reflecting light in all directions. We first stopped at the information desk where a very knowledgeable park ranger answered our many questions about visiting the park. I was especially curious about the geology of the area, and without a moment’s hesitation she explained the “accreted terranes”, mentioned John McPhee’s book “Assembling California”, and offered a book with a great geologic map of the area. Such a delight.

I had been trying to think of the term “accreted terranes” for many miles during the previous day as we drove along the highway and Mo asked me about the geology. Imagine a bunch of dishes on a table, and tilt that table and watch them all slide together, mashing up into a big mess, then heat it up a bit, watch them melt and resolidify and become part of the table next to them. The American Plate and the Pacific Plate come together here on either side of the San Andreas Fault which runs through the park. Driving down the coast, we are on the American Plate, driving out to Point Reyes, we are on the Pacific plate. I love geology, can you tell?

We wandered through the exhibits, enjoying the panoramas, the information about the plants and animals in the park, and marveling at some truly spectacular garbage art decorating one of the hallways.

Point Reyes is located just north of San Francisco Bay and covers more than 100 square miles of coastal wilderness. The park preserves the natural ecosystems, native plant and animal species, and cultural heritage sites that are part of a diminishing undeveloped western coastline of the United States. There is a LOT to see, much more than we would be able to manage in our one day of visiting.

We spent most of our time exploring as much of the area that we could access and marveled at the incredible diversity of the landscape. There are vast beaches, grasslands, salt and freshwater marshes, coniferous forests, and magnificent granite headlands. We learned that there are more than 1,000 species of plants and animals that are protected here.

The park also contains several historic farmhouses, barns, and creameries that have been preserved as cultural heritage sites and are still in operation.

We couldn’t decide which way to go first, thinking we would head north toward the Tule Elk Reserve area but somehow missed the turn. Instead we traveled west through some rough roads toward the lighthouse. Along the way we stopped at North Beach, and then South Beach. Our friendly park ranger had drawn specific areas that were accessible to dogs on a leash on our map. Mattie was appreciative.

The lighthouse wasn’t open for tours on the day of our visit. I am reasonably certain that even if it had been open I wouldn’t have managed the more than 300 steps down. Just over a year ago, I could climb all the steps in Florence, but this year is a bit different. My legs aren’t working quite right and I am in the midst of the long process of diagnosis. Sticks are now required for balance and lots of stairs are now off the table. But that is another story for another time. In the mean time, I do what I can, and after our day at Point Reyes, I happily noted that I managed to walk 3.5 miles, but not all at once.

The lighthouse is high above the ocean, but far below the high point of the headland where our trail led to a breathtaking viewpoint overlooking the lighthouse and the entire coast. It was built in 1870, but retired from service in 1975 when many lighthouses were automated due to the rising costs of manning and maintaining them.

Point Reyes is the windiest place on the Pacific Coast and the second foggiest place on the North American Continent. Weeks of fog, especially during the summer months, reduce visibility to a few hundred feet. The Point Reyes Headlands, jutting ten miles out to sea, are a threat to ships entering or leaving San Francisco Bay. The Point Reyes Lighthouse has warned mariners of danger for more than 100 years.

After our visit to the lighthouse, we meandered slowly along the somewhat rough and narrow road to the elephant seal overlook. A short hike to a viewing platform is accompanied by the snorts and squeals and calls of the seals, long before they come into view. I made the mistake of leaving our binoculars in the MoHo for this trip, silly me, and was only able to see the pups through the telephoto lens of the camera.

We returned to a road that led to the highest point of the reserve. The Point Reyes Peninsula is geogically separated from the rest of Marin County and almost all of the Continental United States by the rift zone of the San Andreas Fault, part of which is sunk below sea level and forms Tomales Bay. The bay was barely visible through the late afternoon fog from the summit of Mt Wittenberg, at just over 1,400 feet elevation.

It was getting late in the day, but we still hoped to see some marshy muddy wetlands and find some shore birds. Driving back west, into the setting sun, we dropped down rapidly to sea level toward Limontour Beach, where a trail adjacent to the marsh promised great views of birds. We could see a few in the distance, but up close observation would have required more hiking and the day was drawing to a close. I did manage a photo of a pair of ducks and one last view of beach.

We traveled back east up the 17 percent grade, happy that the sun was at our backs, and arrived at camp after sunset. I would love to return and spend more time walking the trails and enjoying this beautiful place. At this time of year it was wide open and uncrowded, but a bit cool. Warmer temperatures later in the season would no doubt bring out more crowds. For the time being, I am grateful for two nights at Olema Campground that gave us a full day to explore Point Reyes National Seashore.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

January 28 2020 Richardson Grove to Olema, California

When we planned our trip south this year, we decided that not only did we want to skip I-5, we wanted to travel the famous Highway 1, right along the coast. Looking back over our journals, I discovered that we have traveled this route in a motorhome 3 times prior to this one. I remember the first time we did it in the baby MoHo back in 2005 and I spent much of the time being carsick.

We woke to fog instead of rain, and were thrilled to see something that might actually be sunshine waiting above us. I decided to drive first, when I am most alert and energetic. I also remembered those curves that start right after turning west at Leggett and winding over the coast range toward the ocean. This section of Highway 1 may be the most narrow of its entire length. The good part is that while the road is winding and very narrow, there are few drop-offs on the shoulder, and the only issue to manage is making sure your mirror doesn’t hit the overhanging rocks on the passenger side of the road. Mo jumped more than once when she thought I was too close.

The sun came and went during that part of the trip, and by the time we reached the open ocean, the skies were opening enough to see the magnificent views. Mo took the wheel so I could take photos, and then I was the one jumping a bit when the cliffs looked entirely too close. There aren’t many pullouts along this section of highway and we were especially lucky that on this wintry day there was very little traffic.

We passed through Fort Bragg, a favorite hangout for many of my old California friends, and continued south past Mendocino toward Manchester Beach. Our friend Moira, from our days at the Klamath Falls apartments has relocated to work and live at the KOA campground there. Seemed like a good time to stop in for a visit, and we had called her before we left to make arrangements to meet.

Moira met us with a delicious lunch and after letting Mattie and Moira’s dog Muddy play a bit in the dog park at the campground, we cozied up in the MoHo to eat and visit. I completely lost track of my duties as photographer, and somehow the only photo I took of the entire visit was a bright red mushroom in the thick grass.

The road south of Manchester was another narrow winding stretch. There were many slides and sections of roadway that were being repaired with the road reduced to one lane in several places. With all the rains, we were lucky that the road was open all the way to our destination for the evening.

Even though the distance we traveled was seemingly short, we didn’t make it to our campground in Olema until just after dark. Setting up in the dark is something we try very hard to avoid. After all the rain, there were huge puddles to navigate, but once at our site it was relatively dry with bark strewn around to help with the mud.

We set up in record time, choosing to only plug in the electric. We had plenty of water and sewage space on board after only two days on the road. Dinner was a simple reheat of our great fish and chips supper from the previous day. We didn’t need much after our lovely lunch with Moira.

The next morning we woke to a thin fog that dissipated almost immediately, paving the way for gorgeous skies for our day sight seeing at the Point Reyes National Seashore.  I have to thank Nickie from Out and About for the story about their visit to Point Reyes.  Reading Nickie’s blog, I decided that Olema Campground was the perfect jump off place for our explorations.

There were only a few rigs parked, and none very close to us.  The campground is laid out in what seems a very random manner, but the small keyhole areas work well for creating nice space between campers.  We were looking forward to our two days to relax and to explore.