Wanting to get out from under the trees, we considered staying in one of the Sonoma county regional parks at Bodega Bay on the coast. The weather forecast was calling for fog and highs only in the upper 50s, which didn’t sound very inviting for $32/night and no hookups. We read good reviews about Casini Ranch, a Passport America park on the Russian River just a few miles inland, and decided to give it a try.
We were pleasantly surprised at how nice it is here. We picked back-in water and electric sites, and with the 50% discount are paying $27/night with tax. It’s $3 more for pull-through full hookup sites but they have a dump station so we don’t need the sewer anyway. They do charge $1/day per dog, so Debbie is paying a bit more. Still not bad considering we are in California.
Some sites have river views and there is a large beach.
We even have horses just across from our site.
There is a lot to do and see in this area, so we signed up for eight nights, putting us out on Good Friday, (as they are almost full and the price will double). Now we are working on finding a place for Easter weekend. Oh how we dislike holidays!
Yesterday we did a hike at nearby Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve. It’s a beautiful park, and we enjoyed walking and gawking at the huge redwoods.
The fallen trees were most interesting. We didn’t know that redwoods have a very shallow root system (less than 12’), but the roots can extend 150’ from the base of the tree.
After the hike a beer sounded good, so we stopped at Stumptown Brewery in Guerneville where we both found something we really liked. They have a huge deck overlooking the Russian River, a great place to sit and relax. it sure is nice to be in a more rural area again. And I’m now caught up on the blog!