On the Road Again
Once again Kelly and I are on the road; our second trip in as many weekends. Following a quick work week in Half Moon Bay, last night after dinner we hitched-up Mabel and began venturing northeast, driving about 90 miles, enough to be fully beyond the reaches San Francisco metro traffic. We’re headed towards southern Oregon where we will be meeting-up with friends in a few days, but not before we partake in a bit of dry camping on BLM land.
We awoke this morning, not knowing were we would land for the weekend. This being the case, Kelly commenced a bit of internet research while I was driving and fairly quickly decided that Pit River Campground would be our ideal location for two nights.
Like most BLM sites, this campground is low on amenities, but flush with nature and is very peaceful – just what we wanted. There are only seven sites in the campground, each secured on a first-come, first-serve basis. We chose a site with full sun then quickly got ourselves situated.
Interestingly, even on this long holiday weekend not all sites are taken. A major State park offering 128 campsites is located about 20 miles away and I suspect most of the crowds chose to park themselves there, which is fine with Kelly and me. Btw, the fee here is $8 per night. Our friends 20 miles down the road are paying four times that, plus online booking fees.
Following a quick lunch, we took Lilly for a walk which also served as reconnoissance of the immediate area. Unless you are keen to fly fish, there’s not too much to do or see within the campground. That said, the water is quite nice and left me yearning for a canoe – although in this section of the river a kayak is probably a better option. When the day comes that we hit the road as full-timers, I will be lobbying hard for a canoe.
WiFi connectivity is fabulous here. Tethering my iPhone, I pull five bars (-69db) of AT&T at 3G speeds when using my Wilson Sleek (three bars without amplification). Sadly, the Verizon signal is just ok, which is too bad because 4G LTE speeds would be a luxury. Regardless, I’ve been streaming music all afternoon and evening with no problems and these blog pictures are uploading quickly enough. I will definitely keep this location in mind the next time Kelly and I decide to work remotely for a few days.
Speaking of the quick internet connectivity, I spent a bit of time online after dinner and found a few places to explore tomorrow, ensuring we’ll have plenty to keep us busy. Uninterested in my web browsing, Lilly was instead infatuated with all the critters outside. I think she would have willingly jumped through the window if not for the screens.
At one point, Lilly moved to the bedroom windows, allowing me to make a play for the couch. She was not pleased to lose her place and as evidenced within the image below, was determined to minimize my enjoyment of any relaxing.
I’ll probably cement my revenge by denying her dog treats tomorrow.