Last week marked our one month anniversary of our Airstream life. We have traveled approximately 4,300 miles and consumed probably 150 peanut butter sandwiches along the way. I can’t believe how quickly time is passing and how well this experience is going. Chris and I both agreed in the beginning that the first month might be difficult and pose serious challenges. So far, however, things have gone surprisingly well. Sure, we have had some challenging moments but nothing that made us say, “What were we thinking? Get us out of here!” Instead, I think we wake up every day feeling blessed to have this opportunity.
We spent our one month anniversary at Spring Lake Regional Park in Santa Rosa, California. This small county park was in the middle of Santa Rosa but it felt miles away from everything. We had no hookups at this park and had a few issues with our battery and refrigerator but nothing that severely interrupted our pleasant stay. The park was wonderful. The sites were large, the scenery was gorgeous, and the predator-like squirrels kept me entertained.
From there, we decided to make our way north but stay off the interstate. We traveled the very curvy Route 1 along the coast and through the majestic redwood forests. Absolutely magnificent scenery with every turn offering a photo opportunity! Along the way, we stopped at the famous Drive-Thru Tree where we scared several tourists who thought we were actually going to try to drive through the tree with our rig. I overheard one guy state, “Dude, that Airstream is never going to fit!”…as he stood with his camera ready to take a picture of our assumed stupidity. I finally stopped to assure him that we were merely just positioning the truck for the photo. We were well aware of our size and the size of the tunnel through the tree. He looked disappointed.
A little farther north on our winding road (which Chris handled so calmly while I sat silently and tightly gripping the car door), we came upon Richardson Grove State Park where we stayed for the night. We had an amazing site that put us between two gigantic redwood trees. It was a very pleasant but short stay as we needed to get back on the road.
We continued heading north to Oregon, exact destination unknown since it was a holiday weekend. We ended up at a lovely private resort in Prospect, Oregon. It was a reasonable price, the sites were very spacious and the owners were incredibly nice and helpful. Additionally, we were within a mile of some beautiful waterfalls and had time for some nice hikes. It made for a great 4th of July. So far, we absolutely love Oregon and it may take some time to really explore this state. (Who couldn’t love a state where gas stations are required by law to pump the gas for you!?)
Having just spent the last month seeing only a small portion of the United States, I can say without a doubt that this is one amazing country with incredible scenery and I look forward to our future months (or years, if you ask Chris) of traveling. I cannot wait to see what is around that next bend.