Moving on – to Scotia, CA

4/19/16 (Tuesday) in Scotia, CA (Stafford RV-PPA)

Ah, Russian River, you were a lovely park/campground. I forgot to mention that this is in Sonoma County, more wine country. So if you like wine you’d have more than enough places to visit here, vineyards galore. If you love the water, you can kayak and fish the Russian River, which runs by our campground.


We were on our way before 9. John had cleaned the jacks/levelers yesterday and they lifted in 2 minutes! I think they’re behaving much better these days. It looks like he may only have to lube the leveler shafts once a month now. Our trip was on US 101N the whole way. It started to go down to 2 lanes now, except when passing lanes were called for. Population has slimmed down enough to warrant that I suspect. There were more areas where the road was not real smooth as well. Lovely green hills with trees sprinkled around to make the ride worth it.

greenhills 2

We found the road was now interrupted with small towns, in other words, stoplights, as we traveled farther north. Then we were in Redwood country. As we entered Richardson Grove State Park (north of Leggett) we were treated with huge redwoods right up against the narrow road! One RVer had warned us: 30 seconds of terror! Actually, I enjoyed it, threading through those majestic tree trunks. John did an excellent job of keeping in the lane and safe from contact with our mirrors/rig. You could say I’ve come a long way in trusting John’s driving abilities.

We arrived at Stafford RV just before noon. We’d called the day before to ask if it was okay to come around noon. The manager had noted that check in time was 3 o’clock but he’d allow it. When he saw us he commented, jokingly, that we were two minutes early and would have to wait!! He’d just finished mowing a large section of lawn in preparation for us. Since we were scheduled to stay a week, that grass would have gotten really tall. He even led John to our site, right on the grass. This felt like luxury. We’re usually on gravel, sometimes next to some grass.


We proceeded to enjoy our lunch, then just plain relaxed with TV. Only one other rig in our area, than another came for 1 night. There are a number of permanent RVs, but you don’t really see them for all the wonderful Redwoods surrounding the campground.

About Patricia Elser

I've always loved the loose, flowing, transparent look of watercolors, of Chinese paintings and their calligraphy, but alas, no watercolor classes were available when I was in school, so that interest remained buried until my children were grown. Even then, I was afraid that I couldn't really paint, so upon my sister's advice, I actually started to take classes. I signed up for every class available, determined to learn no matter how afraid I was. I came upon a teacher, Stan Miller, who inspired me, who opened the door to success in watercolor. I love to look at beautiful images. I want to capture them forever. All my life, photography was how I gathered images of the beauty I saw. Thanks to all that photography, I enjoy composing pictures, especially up close. Watercolors allow me to add more of me in their translation of that beauty. My paintings reflect my love for music and dance, with their rhythm and flow. I am fascinated by the play of light, so it appears in my pictures as drama for they are filled with darks and lights. Maybe it's the challenge, maybe it's the beauty, but now, when a work comes together, it fills my soul.
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