Sunday, October 2, 2016

Red Bluff and Redwood City

Thursday, September 6, 2007, Kathi and I were staying at the Red Bluff RV Park in Red Bluff, CA. We signed in for a week, because we did not know how long it would take for our mail to arrive from Escapees mail service in Livingston, TX and I was expecting a new computer. Kathi made arrangements for the computer to arrive this date by FedEx, so we were killing five days in Red Bluff at $30 per night without a good reason. We could have gotten to San Francisco to see AJ five days sooner. Too bad. We were committed.

It was a little warm with temperature in the high 90’s. We were able to get rid of my eight-year-old desktop computer and travel with a lighter, easier to stow laptop. We had lunch at Applebee’s and that was the only time we were out in the afternoon. I spent the rest of the day downloading software I needed and getting the new computer to function for me in the manner which I was accustomed. We went to bed early in the evening to watch TV.

Friday we drove into Redding for lunch at Olive Garden. I had pizza and Kathi had salmon, both had salads. After lunch we made a trip to Walmart to pick up a small fan for Kathi’s bedside table. We were ready for cooler weather in the bay area.

We spent the weekend inside staying cool and reading on Saturday with sandwiches for lunch. Sunday Kathi made spaghetti for lunch and we got the RV ready to move to Redwood City on Monday. Redwood City and the Trailer Villa San Mateo would be our home base again while we visited with AJ. Redwood City was thirty miles South of San Francisco on US 101 and we could make the trip back and forth to his apartment in about forty minutes. It was a good compromise between RV space rental and access to the city.

Kathi talked to her older brother, Carl Clark and her mother, Ginny Hathaway and they both sounded like they were doing fine. She found out her nephew and wife, John and Shanna Clark were leaving the Houston area and moving to San Diego. He was being transferred by Farmers Insurance. We also talked to AJ and he was just as anxious to see us as we were to see him.

Monday, September 10th we had a nice drive from Red Bluff to Redwood City. There were a lot of orchards visible from the highway. We enjoyed seeing the California agriculture right out in plain sight. The trip was a little over two hundred miles. We left town on I-5 to Sacramento and changed to I-505 until we got to Vacaville. We left I-505 in Vacaville and changed to I-80 through Fairfield, Richmond, Berkeley and Emeryville before reaching San Francisco, via the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. We left San Francisco on US 101 and on into Redwood City.

We had a great view of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz from the Bay Bridge. Getting into San Francisco is always exciting for us. AJ was in school all day, so we arranged to meet him on Tuesday. That gave us time to get the RV set up and rest from our drive. Happy days.

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A hazy picture of Alcatraz as seen looking across the bay from Fisherman's Wharf.
A rainbow looking east across the bay from the Trailer Villa San Mateo Trailer Park.


  1. Makes me homesick for San Francisco and visits with my parents. You got a great shot of Alcatraz. Remember the first time we realized the tour of Alcatraz takes you uphill in a circle the whole way? I laugh about it now.

  2. Thanks for reading and making a comment, AJ. I am sorry I did not go up the hill and see the rest of Alcatraz. I could have made it then. Now would be harder.