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The bay area

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20190303_132651.jpg Living in the Bay Area is very diverse, mountains in the distance, green hills all around you, marshland only minutes away and a harbor where the river connects all the way to the San Francisco bay, spilling into the Pacific Ocean. I am amazed at all the cow pastures around here, which explains why California is the second largest dairy supplier, behind Texas in the United States. This State alone provides 80 % of fruits, nuts and vegetables. Vineyards and Orange groves grace the rolling hills, reminding me of Tuscany. For several years the state of California has been experiencing drought for the past few years, but with all the rain that we had lately, that ban just got lifted and California's reservoirs are filled back up. Marshland is filling up, ideal for fishing and boating. 20190303_132710.jpg 20190303_132839.jpg
Only a 30 minute drive from us is the famous wine region of Nappa. We are planning a wine tasting tour very soon. Monthly wine tasting trips are offered on post thru MWR, a designated driver will bus the crowd to the vineyards for a very reasonable price. We definitely need to take advantage of that. If you travel in your rig, check out Harvest Host. This website is pretty amazing! After paying a membership fee you will be able to find vineyards, farms and orchards that offer free overnight stays in your RV, as long as you purchase some of their products. I wouldn't have a problem purchasing some wine, cheese or fresh picked apples in order to stay on a beautiful vineyard. E65CB75CF2062156E1D555E350E67727.jpg The coastline is rugged and absolutely stunning. A couple times we drove to suggested whale watching spots. We did not see any whales at Point Reyes that day.... 20181222_144004.jpg
But we did at Bodega Bay a month later. IMG_20190324_092910_511.jpg
Unfortunately I was not able to capture that on film. The Coast Guard was trailing in their boat behind the whale, which helped us bystanders to focus on on that area. Whales migrate along that coastline from December through April. If you like to set up camp along the water, Bodega Bay offers several camping areas with oceanview. The County and State park offer waterfront campsites, as well as the Marina. E65B794A90AE54F9DDCE5EB4A30932F8.jpg 20190323_140646.jpg
Thankfully the rain season has come to an end and we can enjoy the warmer temperatures. Spring is in full bloom and the fields are bursting with yellow wild flowers. Our next adventure will take us to Monterey and Carmel along HWY 1. See you then.... safe travels! IMG_20190313_084628_069.jpg

Posted by Meike Carter 04:50

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