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I just got back from the big trip I took from ellensburg Washington to Morro Bay California. We started off the day after Thanksgiving I had the camper all loaded up and ready to go so we woke up first thing in the morning and hit the road. It was myself my almost 3 year old son and my teenage brother. We headed down towards portland and ended up making it to Coos Bay OR I read about this casino down there that you can park at for super cheap so we decide to just stay there for the night since we got in late it was only like $15 a night with full hookups which we didn't really need. Then we drove down to richardson's grove in CA and we got to see the redwoods they were pretty amazing. we spent the night there at a nice park that offered passport america 50% off so that worked out well. We stopped and saw the babe and paul bunyan statue my little guy really like that and we drove to the drive through redwood but obviously couldn't fit so we took pictures standing under it. it was really nice to see all these cool places without a ton of people because it was the off season. We got on the hwy 1 where it starts and even though everyone warned me against driving the actual hwy 1 all the way down i did it anyways, Now I see what they were talking about it was quite a drive don't get me wrong it was incredibly beautiful it just took forever but worth it. My little guy got carsick a couple times due to all the hairpin turns and all the curves. And he has never gotten carsick before but he was still loving it. We made our way to half moon bay which is a great state park with really nice spots. and it served as a basecamp for us to drop the camper and go explore San Francisco we stayed here for a few days and explored san fran it was cool my son liked riding the old trolley cars and seeing the boats at the waterfront we went to the san francisco museum of modern art it was nice and good exhibits but not quite what my little guy was looking to do understably. We hung out in half moon bay hit a farmers market and the main street was really nice with lots of little shops. Then we kept heading down south on the hwy 1 and there were alot of really cool old lighthouses to see along the way and we had lots of time so we stopped at all of them and checked them out we even got to take a really cool tour to the top of one of them. Then we made our way down the coast to Morro bay CA where we ended up staying for 9 days we liked it so much we found a really nice state park right on the bay and it was a good price for no hookups and very clean and not very many people staying there. From Morrow bay we went one day and did the 17 mile drive at pebble beach that was pretty cool and one day we went to the montery bay aquarium my son absolutely loved that we spent 6 hours there and he did not want to leave. And then one day we just walked around monterey and saw fisherman's wharf and all that cool stuff. We also went up to the hearst castle and did a tour up there it was definately woth the price of admission I would like to go back and see the rest of the tours we only got to see the one intro tour. we also went to cambria one night where they had this incredible christmas lighting fesival and my son got to sit on santa's lap and tell him what he wanted for christmas. We spent some time just walking around morro bay and fishing from the piers and we went on a boat ride in the bay my son loves the water and loves fishing so this worked out well and obviosly we played a bunch on the beaches making sand castles and just playing around. We drove to pismo beach one day and looked around and bought a kite but the wind never blew hard enough to fly it which was ok because it made it warmer without the wind. then we just cruised back home via I5 I drove 15 hours in one day which in hinsight was crazy but it actually went by pretty fast. The weather was nice most of the time we had a few days in half moon bay where we had some serious rain but it was ok we dealt with it. as it sounded like most of california was dealing with a ton of rain there was a bunch more stuff we did but this is some of the highlights of our trip we spent a total of 25 nights in the camper and we drove 3600 miles total. The truck and camper performed awesome with only a few small glitches that were easily fixed. this was an awesome trip and something that all three of us will never ever forget. now we are planning the next big trip. I bought this camper and truck to make memories with my son and we are definately doing that. I hope you enjoyed the trip report and the pictures I took close to 2,000 pictures so here are some of the highlights of the trip.
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Posted: 12/20/12 04:12pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Can someone tell me why the pictures aren't coming up. Please

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Nice trip but I cannot see the pics

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Posted: 12/20/12 04:19pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'm guessing the size is too small, looking at the last one (28 x 30 pixels).
There may be other issues.
No experience posting here....
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Posted: 12/20/12 04:32pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

wow, what a trip. sounds like it was a grand time. i look forward to seeing pics if you can get them posted.


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alright sorry guys and gals I messed up the first try but now they are there sorry for the mess up.

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Posted: 12/20/12 04:52pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Photos are excellent. that's a 855S camper? I may be going the other direction; California to Washington in a couple months depending on the weather. Thanks for the report!

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Nice trip. You take nice photos. Beautiful out there. We went to Bubba Gumps in Monterey and they had an actor sitting on the bench who looked and sounded just like Tom Hanks. It was a riot.
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I always envy you guys on the West Coast. Some amazing scenery, and a chance to spend quality time with you son and brother. Thanks for the great trip report.

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Posted: 12/20/12 05:10pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Wow! You guys crammed a lot of fun into 25 days. Thanks for sharing it with us.


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