Tuesday, May 15, 2012


Sunday, May 13 – We were off to San Francisco this morning, heading NW across California. We traveled primarily on CA-99, CA-12, and CA-37. Unfortunately, these roads were in a disastrous state and in need of repairs. I think California tops Louisiana as the worst roads we've driven on in our three years of travel. The road were so bumpy we had to slow to about 45 mph to keep from rattling everything to smithereens. We were amazed nothing fell apart, although Paul had to repair the bedroom door upon arrival. Is California a vision of what's to come in much of the United States? One has to wonder!


We are not too enamored by the California drivers either. They rarely invite us to merge, they cut us off, turn in front of us, and just don't seem very friendly or anxious to have us visit their state and leave our money here. Sorry for the Rant... :-))

We arrived at the Petaluma, CA, Elks Lodge, in early afternoon. There were plenty of campsites available with 30-Amp electric, water, and sewer hook-ups. The sites are blacktopped and located to the rear of the lodge. Unfortunately, the sites are a little close to each other and for the price ($25/ night), and  we had hope to expect a little nicer arrangement. Paul keeps saying, “I can't afford to live in California.”

Site 7


Bella loves the large grass area behind our site. She hasn't been in real grass for quiet a while.


Looking to our right.

To our left.

We took a walk through the historic downtown Petaluma. "Picture Yourself Here" is the slogan for this lovely little city. The Visitor's Center gave us a wonderful map of the City with the most comprehensive explanation of each of the points of interest.


McNear's Mystic Theater…built in 1886.DSC04036


The Petaluma River runs through downtown area.DSC04030

We enjoyed walking around this quaint city. We even went back at night and visited one of the saloons. Doing our part to help the local economy.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see y'all back real soon. Have a great day!