Sunday 16th May 2021
It took a month to slowly move up the California coast. We were looking forward to visiting Venice Beach. It’s very quirky and a great place to people watch. What a disappointment! Many streets had homeless people camped out on the paths.
The strip where all the usual entertainers and artists worked was crowded with shelters and tents.
Even the beach was tent city. What a shame to see so many people living in such dire straits.
At least the trees looked cool.
We had a fun week in Santa Barbara. Biking…
and hiking on the beach.
The city had closed the Main Street to traffic and all the restaurants had expanded their seating areas into the road. It was a great idea and we hear that it will be kept that way at least through the summer. The restaurants were doing a cracking business. We tried to help the local economy with a bit of eating and drinking.
Even dogs were welcome.
The eucalyptus trees were blooming in all shades of pink.
This Coral tree was so pretty. The branches had no leaves, just vivid red flowers.
We did a little inland hiking. It was early April and already the hills were browning up. I sure hope the west coast is not plagued with wildfires this summer.
We moved up to Morrow Bay for a week. We have been here so many times it feels like a second home.
We always enjoy walking around the harbor. There were plenty of sea otters lounging about in the kelp beds. A few had babies resting on mums tummy.
A really cold front whipped through and I had to dig out my 1 pair of trousers. Can’t remember the last time I had any on, it’s been several years. Thank goodness I was able to repack them after a couple of days.
This bronze seat was a real eye catcher.
Springtime at Montana de Oro state park is usually a huge expanse of yellow and gold. This pic is from 2006.
This year it looks quite drab. I think global warming is taking it’s toll.
We finally arrived in Oregon. We had to put the motorhome in a garage for a few days to have some repair work done. Luckily our good friends Calleen and Jon made us welcome in their house and we had a great visit.
The motorhome had a malfunctioning lock on a bay door. Since Jon seems to own every tool known to mankind he was able to help Dean fix the problem.
Calleen has a soft touch for this pet rabbit that has run wild for several years. Of course his name is Peter.
We finally got the camper back and fit very nicely in the covered slot that Jon and Calleen let us stay in on our stops through Grants Pass. Thanks guys for our stay at the “Jordon” RV Resort.
The beast is now in good working order so we are moving up Oregon. Get your mum hugging arm limbered up lads. Will be seeing you shortly.