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Dude, that Airstream is never going to fit!

Posted by on July 6, 2009

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.

Spring Lake

Spring Lake

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.

Positioned to drive through the tree...but not really...

Positioned to drive through the tree...but not really...

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.

Hugging a tree in Richardson Grove State Park

Hugging a tree in Richardson Grove State Park

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.

Mill Creek Falls near Prospect, Oregon

Mill Creek Falls near Prospect, Oregon

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.

7 Responses to Dude, that Airstream is never going to fit!

  1. Cameron

    The Oregon coast is a truly spectacular drive, especially we think from Depot Bay north.

    If you make it to Cannon Beach Oregon, the Cannon Beach RV Resort is one of our favorite places to stay, and we do so each year for my wife’s birthday.

    Just up the road from Cannon Beach, Fort Stevens is rich with history, and both the KOA and State Park offer some good sites if you choose with care.

    Continuing a touch farther, we greatly enjoy Astoria Oregon, again rich with history, and a quite vibrant small city.

    For a truly interesting change of pace, if you make it into Washington state there is an Airstream only park, the Washington Unit WBCCI’s Land Yacht Harbor just north of Olympia WA. While there you can tour the Capitol, reputed to be one of the most beautiful in the nation.

  2. Lani

    Thank you so much for the great recommendations! Oregon is such a beautiful state – we may be here for awhile! Washington state is on our list and I am very interested in the Airstream only park. Sounds fun! Will definitely look into it. Thanks again!!

  3. Mom and Dad

    Great entry. You Dad now calls you the “tree hugger” after seeing you in that great picture with your new friend, Mr. Redwood! It sounds like things are going well. Love the blog – it helps us travel with you! Love you….

  4. Kathy Wallace

    If you have time Deception Pass National Park in Washington State is the most beautiful place to visit. It’s about 2 hours northwest of Seattle. My mother-in-law lives in Oak Harbor WA and I’m sure she would offer you a nice hot shower and a place to sleep if you want to try a real bed for a change. Love following your adventures.

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