Monday, May 22, 2017


Day 14

Best RV For Me

8am - Long time Reader Bill in Chico asked in his comment:
"Now that you've been camping for a while with Scampy, how do you feel about having a trailer vs a motorhome?"

I've been thinking about Bill's question since I read it. And my reply to Bill would be different then my comment/reply to him.

It seems to me that the ideal RV setup for me would be a 4-wheel drive pickup truck with a small camper. With this RV setup, traveling into the forest over dirt roads would be easy to do.

Scampy and Honda have very small clearance which would be a disaster in a forest. Also, Honda has front wheel drive, which does not perform well on dirt roads.

The Scampy/Honda setup is good for pavement driving only.

9am - Kruse Rhododendron Preserve
It appears that the Kruse Rhododendron Preserve is not open for viewing. We found a closed gate with an arcane communication device. Could not talk to anybody there. We tried phoning. Could not get the phone to ring?

Do you know what goes on here?

Eating - Where and how?
You may have wondered about eating [food preparation] here on the Scampy RV Team?

When George gets hungry, we find a nice place to make our meals. This morning for breakfast we pulled over in a pull-out of Hwy #1, about 100 yards from the Ocean.

It was a bit chilly inside Scampy, so we cranked up Wave3 [catalytic heater].

This morning we decided on Smoked, Apple Chardonnay Chicken Sausage [from Trader Joe's]. Also, matzoh and eggs. We like matzoh and eggs instead of plain scrambled eggs. The matzoh in the eggs is balanced [carbs].

This morning cranberry juice was our drink.

Cleaning up after preparing a meal in Scampy is pretty easy. We have soapy water in a bowl which we use with a hand-held brush. After each item is washed and rinsed, we dry it with a cloth towel and put it away in its place.

That's it!

11am - Gualala River Camp
When MsTioga and I were RVing together, we Camped alongside the Gualala River. So, when we reached the road to that Camp, iPhone and I went over to take a look at the road's entrance.

As soon as we saw what Honda would be challenged with when leaving that Camp, it was clear that this was a NoGo! Honda would not be able to tow Scampy up that sandy road. Honda's tires would not hold traction here.

The pic below does not do justice to the steepness of the road.

Road to Gualala River

12 noon - Manchester Park
We arrived at an Ocean access road that looked interesting. The road led to Manchester State Park.

A dirt path from the parking area led toward the Ocean. At first the path was on hard packed sand. Soon the path changed to loose beach sand. In the distance was a hill or dune.

George and iPhone kept trudging on. It was hard going in that sand. When we came to the top of the hill/dune, we found a second hill/dune ahead of us!

When we got to the top that second dune, there was a third dune ahead of us!! At that point we captured a pic of that third dune. And we turned back because we did NOT want to be confronted with yet a fourth dune!

The third dune in the distance

Hardy tiny flowers growing in beach sand

2:30pm - Albion Campground
We decided to rent a campsite at Albion Campground which is located down in the canyon at the mouth of the Albion River.

Albion Campground

Nite Camp Location Map

Elevation: 5 feet



  1. Thanks for your additional comment.

    1. Hi Bill,

      You are welcome.

      When I begin living at Jojoba Hills SKP Park, I may seriously consider trading Honda/Scampy for a 4WD truck with a camper!



  2. Your pictures in this post, when enlarged, are the clearest pictures yet. Whatever you're doing, it's working. Viewed in Google Chrome

    1. Hi Linda,

      Your comment is swell for me to read!

      Thank you sooooo much. 😎



  3. If I was to do things over I think a 4x4 camper van would be the way to go..That's only because I'm widowed now...My wife and I did start out with a Dodge Van..Then a 16' trailer..up to a 19' trailer and now a 27' Winnebago..I'll just stick with this because time is catching up with me..It's paid for!

    1. Hi David,

      Can a person stand up in a 4x4 camper van?



  4. I'm 5'5"..I used to be 5'6"....It would work for me..Some of them have expanded roofs...New one's are waaay to much $$$..$ but used taken care of could be found at a reasonable price..How tall are you?..I've forgotten if you have shared this info before..
    Our former friend and travelling partner was 6'4"...He just had to "adjust"!
    We shorter folks can always find something or someone to stand on..The taller have to work it out for themselves...:+)....