Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Day 36 - Gold Beach, OR to Petaluma, CA

Our drive out of Oregon and down into California is always bittersweet.  We look forward to getting home but want to prolong the trip as much as possible.  In a car, you could make the drive from Gold Beach to Boulder Creek in a long day but in the FMC it would be brutal and dangerous.  We enjoyed the drive down in the Coastal Redwoods of Northern California.  It looked like home and we loved breathing in the smell of the redwood trees.  We found some more yummy salmon at a roadside stand near Eureka.

We wanted to get as close to San Francisco as we could so we could have a leisurely start to the day and get through the City after the morning rush hour but before the afternoon traffic starts up again.  We ended up at Petaluma and stayed at their KOA.

They call themselves the KOA - San Francisco North.  It's quite a claim since they are an hour north of the City and smack in the dairy country of Petaluma.  We were pretty disappointed in this park.  Like many KOA's, they had a LOT of facilities -- petting zoo, playgrounds, bounce thingies, pool, and more.  It was noisy and huge and crowded.  We made one request when we checked in . . . we want a 50 amp site so we can run both our air conditioners.  It had been a HOT drive down California with no A/C while we were driving.  The young man who took my money assured me that that was no problem and he promised me we were getting a nice site.  This place is crazy expensive and we cashed in all our KOA rewards points here so he really could have accommodated my requests and gouged us on the price.  I'd have been fine with that.

Instead, we had a crappy site on the end of a row with no 50 amp service and no grass.  There was nothing at all nice about the site.  Going back to the office to complain and move seemed pointless when we were just staying for one night.  Still, we won't be back here willingly again.  And, if we do come, I'll book ahead on the internet so that we get what we asked for.

We had dinner in Petaluma at a nice brewery along the river and luxuriated in running the one A/C and using lots of wifi (which was terrible, too).

I guess, the point was to make us glad we were going home.

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