It’s that time of the year again. Now that the leaves have fallen (at least in the Northwest!) and the bellies are full from Thanksgiving feasts, Duwayne and Darla Jean have started their seasonal journey south. With all systems appearing to be functional and food, books and drums safely stowed away, the Gumbos hopped on to I-5 and pointed the Dude toward Sacramento.
To break up the 750 mile trip into comfortable hops, the Gumbos stopped in Eugene, Oregon on their first night. They stayed at the same place they did last year: Valley River Center (a shopping center parking lot along the Willamette River). Although this doesn’t sound like a very attractive camping site, its actually quite nice – a level parking lot next to a walking path along the river, with good security and a location well away from the stores and traffic.
After getting a good night’s sleep, Duwayne and Darla Jean got back on the highway and made their next jump to Corning, California. The drive on I-5 through the Siskiyous, was quite spectacular. The Gumbos hoped to get through this area before the expected snow showed up and they just made it!
Last year, the Gumbos parked at a casino in Corning but this year they decided to try the free overnight parking offered by The Olive Pit – a combination restaurant and store (selling every possible variety of olives). It turned out to be an okay place with large, level pull-through RV sites. And, while the camping was free, the Gumbos managed to spend a fair amount of money on olives.
The final stop on this leg of the trip was Uncle Bob & Linal’s house in Sacramento. These fine folk have set up their yard to be a perfect spot for parking a 5th wheel. They have a huge paved driveway and a backyard large enough to pull in and turn the rig around before positioning in the driveway. What’s more, they have power, water AND a sewage dump facility.
Unlike the Northwest, the leaves in Sacramento were just starting to fall, making dog walks very enjoyable.
Of course, any trip to Sacramento means a chance to catch up with friends. Good buddies, the Hortons, offered to host a party where a bunch of old friends could get together. What a friggin’ feast!
Another bonus when visiting Sacramento is the ability to take care of projects. And THIS year, the Gumbos took advantage of Uncle Bob’s workshop “Lazy i Builds” (check out his website https://lazyibuilds.com/) to build a laundry-drying rack.
Darla Jean also made good use of Linal’s amazing kitchen and sewing machine.
With all projects done, friends and family visited with and 2 more Seahawks games under their belts, its time for the Gumbos to head further south. The next jump will be down Highway 99 toward Bakersfield and Barstow.