Okay, we love this place. I mentioned before that it is dog and bike friendly, well it really is!! So many cool bike trails, we find new ones every day. Today we found one that runs along this creek. Neither of us have mountain bikes, but the trail was tame enough for our street cruisers (though a bit bumpy if you were to ask the dogs).

We also found this super cute restaurant, the Red Tractor Cafe, serving comfort food surrounded by jars of “canned” vegies. They even sell little red toy tractors – I want one!!!

 

Livermore, CA

We spent the day at Lake Del Valle,聽renting a pontoon boat and cruising the 6 mile long lake. The weather was perfect and we beached the boat along the shore to let the dogs run around for awhile. Afterwards, we headed into downtown Livermore and visited the cute shops and had a yummy Italian lunch.

We are getting lots of use out of our dog stroller! It is an easy way to deal with them in crowds or places that might not otherwise welcome our furry family members and they seem to enjoy it as well, they certainly get lots of attention in it.

This posting is a double header and also features our trip to San Jose to visit the Winchester House. 聽I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed the tour. The house is crazy big and had so many doors, interior windows and passageways that it is more like a maze than a house. Ms. Winchester was a very strange lady and I can’t imagine living through 32 years of constant construction – 聽no thank you!

 

Pleasanton, CA

imageNew camping pjs!

We really enjoyed getting to know Pleasanton today, what a charming little town! First off, it is very bike and dog friendly and we had both 馃槉. 聽We toured all along Main Street with tons of cute little shops (hence my new vintage trailer pjs), and loads of restaurants. Whatever you are in the mood for – from 聽gastropub, Mexican, Italian to cute little wine bars – they have it! 聽 聽 Top off your meal with some dessert, we visited Primrose Bakery and tried their mango macrons, almond cookies and petite fours and everything was fresh and delicious!

What a great way to spend a day!

San Francisco, CA

We spent the day in San Francisco which was an easy BART ride from the Alameda Fairgrounds RV Park on the Pleasanton/Dublin line. We dropped the puppies off at doggie boarding for a day of professional grooming (a first for them as I always did it myself) and an overnight stay. It’s crazy how much I miss them (limited myself to only one check-in call) and I can’t wait to see how cute they look聽when we pick them up tomorrow.

So our must do’s in SF include waterfront seafood near Pier 39 (clam chowder bread bowls), the vintage arcade where you can play all the games – including some pretty creepy old time maniquins that talk and even an “opium den” re-creation (WTF??), Ghiradelli ice cream (yes, I died and went to heaven over their sea salt, caramel and hot fudge chocolate-dipped waffle bowl), Chinatown and lots of walking because the cable cars were packed 馃殐馃殐馃殐.

Morro Bay, CA

We are now officially on the road! Our first stop was Morro Bay, CA, a little coastal town above Santa Barbara. A great spot for seafood lovers with lots of dining options. We enjoyed fish and chips at Giovanni’s Fish Market which is located on the waterfront right in front of the big rock in the bay. One thing we noticed were lots of second hand, vintage and antique markets. In our old life this would have been heaven, but in our little Airstream – no room to buy anything….uuuggghhh it’s killing me!!!!

We stayed at Morro Bay State Park and found it to be ideally located less than 2 miles from the heart of town, but still in a wooded, quiet area close to the beach. In the morning we headed to Kitty’s Diner for breakfast – the most amazing homemade biscuits and crisp, perfectly cooked bacon – yum!

In the Beginning…

Before

Before we purchased an Airstream, we bought a 1958 Westerner Deluxe travel trailer that had been professionally restored. 聽It was too cute! 聽We took it to flea markets where we sold vintage furnishings and also used it for camping. 聽The fact that it didn’t have a bathroom was a bit limiting, but we loved her anyway.

flo

We kept the prior owner’s name for her – Flo. 聽It was impossible to be in a bad mood when you were hanging out in Flo. 聽Her turquoise, red, and yellow vintage cowboy interior were so cheerful it just brightened your day. 聽The 1958 Westerner’s were the first trailers to be themed. 聽At the time, John Wayne was a popular movie star and served as inspiration. 聽The restoration included new exterior siding, custom screen door, all new interior (with the exception or the original ice box and original hand painted cowboy light), new LED lighting, stove, sink and small water tank. 聽It was an excellent first excursion into owning a trailer, and a definite upgrade from tent camping.

Movin’ on Up

Living full time in Flo was not going to work. 聽First of all, she’s older than us!聽 While we haven’t had any issues in the year and a half that we owned her, we were cognizant that she wasn’t up to a long journey. 聽My first thought when contemplating a new trailer was Airstream. 聽I loved the vintage styling of our Westerner and could not see us in a modern, boxy trailer. 聽Oh, we looked at them – Joel’s idea – but the choice was clear from the beginning, it had to be an Airstream.

Now get out the checkbook because they are not cheap! 聽However, they are well built with a solid aluminum frame and body that is riveted together like an airplane. 聽They have residential-grade interior finishes and we could tell from the start that this is a trailer that could stand up to full-timing.

riveted

Getting Ready to聽Live Riveted

As expected, we have a few obstacles to cross before we can actually hit the road. 聽Selling the house is top of the list. 聽While we are currently in escrow, I am holding my breath that everything goes smoothly and we close next month as planned. 聽With all the bad news we’ve received this year, I just can’t help but steady myself for the next possible blow. 聽I am a positive person, but so many things have hit us this year that I can’t help but hold my breath a bit until we are actually going down the road on the start of our journey. 聽Hopefully, all can go smoothly for a while, because I am ready!