Pacific Coast Highway RV Trip – Crescent City, CA to Waldport, OR

This was our sixth week traveling the Pacific Coast Highway heading north from San Diego towards Seattle and beyond. Our trip this week was 215 miles, which took us from Crescent City, CA to Waldport, OR. We used US-101 the entire way for our journey this week. Since Crescent City is only a few miles from Oregon we FINALLY crossed into another state. After 5 weeks it was nice to put California behind us and start a new chapter of our journey – The Oregon Coast. This was my first time ever in Oregon, so it was nice finally “crossing” that state off my list. I’ve now been to a total of 43 of the 50 states. The trip this week started off rainy and foggy, which made for some tough miles. However, it started clearing up about two hours into the trip and we finally got to see some of the awesome landscape. Since it rains in Oregon much more than California, there are several big rivers with impressive bridges and views. There are pictures of a couple of these below. With this week’s 215 miles, we’ve now traveled a total of about 1165 miles. Waldport KOA Our stop this week was at the Waldport KOA in Waldport, OR. Waldport is a small coastal fishing town of about 2,000 people and is about 15 miles south of Newport, OR. The Waldport KOA was a combination of great campsites and little cottages. The campground was situated on a bluff over the Alsea River, which made for great views of the ocean, river, and Waldport bridge. The view from our...

Pacific Coast Highway RV Trip – Westport, CA to Crescent City, CA

This was the fifth week of our RV trip to Alaska via the Pacific Coast Highway. This week took us from Westport, CA to Crescent City via a combination of US-1 and US-101. US-1 ends about 30 miles north of Westport and it was a welcome ending by time we got there. If there is anyone reading this blog who is contemplating taking a big rig up US-1 – DO NOT DO IT! Even if you have a medium sized rig it’s not advisable. Is it possible, yes. Is it advisable, no. The drive up US-1 is so windy and tight in places that it even made our dog sick, which never happens. If you want to experience the wonders of US-1 you are much better off parking your rig on US-101 and cutting over in your car. This week’s trip was 202 miles, which puts our total for the trip at right around 950 miles. Crescent City KOA This week we stayed at the Crescent City KOA which was in a word, awesome. We ended up with one of the best spots in the entire park. It was extra wide since it was on the end and had a great view. On top of that, this park had well over 10 acres of land that backed right up into the redwood forests; it made for a nice walk each day. They also had a big open field for the dog to run around in, a dog park, a playground, etc. If you want to feel like you are in nature but not crowded, this campground is for you!...

Pacific Coast Highway RV Trip – Pacifica, CA to Westport, CA

This was the fourth week of our RV trip to Alaska via the Pacific Coast Highway. This week’s trip took us from Pacifica, CA (San Francisco) to Westport, CA. The trip was almost exactly 200 miles and took us through Santa Rosa, where we stopped for lunch with one of the new hosting companies I’m working with. We used US-101 almost the entire way, but had to take a small side road from Laytonville, CA to connect back up with US-1 and Westport, CA. This road was about 22 miles and seemed harmless at first. However, the last 12 miles of it were some scary stuff. The middle line disappeared and the road narrowed to about 1.5 lanes. Then, we stared climbing up and down mountain roads that included 180 degree switchbacks. Luckily for us, the road wasn’t very traveled. We only passed 2 cars in the scariest sections, but they had to stop, back up, pull over, and then let us by. It was by far and away the scariest driving we’ve had yet; not something I want to experience again anytime soon. When we arrived at our campground in Westport, the brakes on the RV were literally smoking (badly). We’ve now traveled a total of about 750 miles with about 3,000 miles until we hit Anchorage. Westport Beach / North Mendocino KOA This week’s home was at the Westport Beach / North Mendocino KOA in Westport, CA. The campground is situated just steps from Westport Beach and about 2 miles north of the very small town of Westport, CA. The hosts at this campground are super nice...

Pacific Coast Highway RV Trip – Morro Bay, CA to Pacific, CA

This was the third week of our Pacific Coast Highway RV trip to Alaska. This week’s journey took us from Morro Bay, CA to the San Francisco RV Resort in Pacifica, CA. Pacific is a neat little suburb just a few miles south and west of the city. The San Francisco RV Resort sits right on the edge of the ocean. In fact, our parking spot was just a few feet from the edge of a cliff; the only thing we saw out our window was water. Our trip was 227 miles and took just under 5 hours. We’ve now traveled a total of 537 miles with about 3,200 miles until we hit Anchorage. I’m going to use a different format for my blog post this week since we really didn’t do all that much. I had some issues with work which kept us in the RV working all but 2 days of our trip. We didn’t get to do 80% of what we originally planned in San Fran. Things like Alcatraz, a drive along the coast, Point Reyes, and Golden Gate Park. Luckily I’ve been to San Francisco before, so I didn’t feel as bummed. San Francisco RV Resort The San Francisco RV Resort should really be named “Big, Crowded, Parking Lot With A View”. This was the first RV park that we’ve visited on this (or any) trip that I truly disliked. Not every campground is perfect, but this is the first one I looked forward to leaving. This place just put me off from the second we pulled in the driveway. Sure, it had an amazing...

Pacific Coast Highway RV Trip – Long Beach, CA to Morro Bay, CA

This was the second week of our RV trip to Alaska via the Pacific Coast Highway. It went by really fast as Morro Bay, CA was an excellent spot to be stationed for a week. The only downside was that it was VERY windy the entire time we were there. It was only in the high 50’s / very low 60’s most of the week, so the combination of the wind and cold was annoying. We made the best of it though and really enjoyed our time in the Morro Bay area. Morro Bay, CA is a small beach town of about 11,000 people, located about half between LA and San Francisco. It was nice not having any traffic, but still having a lot to do in their little downtown area. It’s also only a few miles to San Luis Obispo, which is a bigger town of about 50,000. Since Cal Poly is also based here, there is a large transient population too. It was my first time in San Luis Obispo, but I now understand why everyone always talks so highly of it. Drive From Long Beach, CA to Morro Bay, CA (Saturday) We traveled 188 miles from our stop last week, Golden Shore RV Resort in Long Beach, to our destination this week. We used a combination of I-710, I-405, US-101, and US-1 to get to Morro Dunes RV Resort in Morro Bay, CA. As expected, the drive through LA was very stressful. There was traffic most of the way, which turned into stop and go traffic for a bit. Once we got out of the reaches...

Pacific Coast Highway RV Trip – Vista, CA to Long Beach, CA

Pacific Coast Highway RV Trip – Week One This was the first week of our RV trip to Alaska via the Pacific Coast Highway. In actuality, we didn’t get on the Pacific Coast Highway to get to our first stop, but we will be using it the rest of the way north to Washington state. Our first week was a short 2 hour, 89 mile drive from our vacation home in Vista, CA to Golden Shore RV Park in Long Beach, CA. Since we purchased our RV in November 2010, we’ve stayed at about 20 RV parks, and this was definitely one of my favorites. The spaces were nice and wide, included a park bench, room to park our car, and the sites were nice and flat. The best part about Golden Shore RV Park was the location. The park is right on the edge of downtown and is within walking distance to the Catalina Island ferry. It also backs right up to a bike path that goes 50 miles to the north along the LA River and also extends to the heart of Long Beach in the other direction. Saturday Saturday was our travel day from Vista to Long Beach. We left our house shortly after noon and arrived at Golden Shore RV Park right around 3pm. We took a combination of I-5, I-405, and I-710 to get there. Traffic was a nightmare as we approached, and drove though San Clemente, but opened up after that. Regardless, I was exhausted upon arrival; there is never a dull moment driving in the LA area with a 43′ RV +...