While in Bodega Bay with our friends, they shared with us their experience on a nasty, narrow, winding road with their 5th-wheel on the way to Yosemite. Didn't sound like anything I'd ever want to do!
Friday morning we head north on Hwy 101 from Santa Rosa, on our way to the little town of Lakeport, California. No matter which route you go, you have to get over the mountains. Our two GPS's disagree on the best choice so I opt to follow the one that's programmed with our rig sizes.
Hwy 29 is challenging, but fun to drive with no other traffic. Don't need to do it again, but it's not that bad. Then we turn north on Hwy 175 and we're on the road from hell. So steep that I'm pulling the curves in second gear at 25 mph. So narrow that I can only avoid the sharp drops on the right by driving on the center line. So winding that I'm getting an upper body workout!
Of course we eventually make it to the other side, and hop on a decent road that takes us to Konocti Vista Casino RV Park. We set up in a parking lot with small sites that require everyone to use the site next to them for their tow vehicle. Fortunately it's not crowded and this isn't a problem. I'm just glad to be done driving - maybe forever :-)))
We make our way to the little lake house of our sister-in-law, Wayne's widow, Marilynn. Her daughter Jenna is here as well and we have a lovely visit and make plans for the next couple days. The look on their faces when I tell them we took Hwy 175 confirms it's not a road anyone should ever take an RV!
Saturday morning they meet us near our park and we enjoy a day touring the beautiful countryside of Lake County and Clear Lake.
|Bill and Marilynn|
|We enjoy their beautiful vintage boat collection.|
|The boardwalk is a nice way to see this side of the lake.|
|The weather is warm for so early in the season.|
|The lake is still very full, we enjoy the gentle lapping of the water among the trees.|
|A stop at the historic Tallman Hotel in Upper Lake, California.|
|I love the Elk sconces and the subtle murals.|
|Simple drawing room.|
|It's a cute little town.|
We're grateful to have this time to catch up with these wonderful women, in this heavenly place.
|Marilynn and Jenna|
|Clear Lake is the largest natural lake in California, and at 480,000 year old, the oldest lake in North America.|
Going north we will not be repeating our previous route - turns out there is a "normal" highway over the mountain going north. Yaaaay!