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Going to California


I hope everyone had a great Father’s Day. We spent the day on the road, on our way to California. This is our first long vacation since baby RB40 was born. We plan to take it slow and take a couple of days to get to the Bay Area. He doesn’t like sitting still for so long and we will have to stop pretty often to stretch our legs.

Pit stops

Eugene – We’re planning to meet up with friends for lunch. I like Eugene. University of Oregon is nearby and the town has a great laidback vibe. It’s only two hours away from Portland, but we rarely get down there. There is an annual fair that is a ton of fun near Eugene. The Oregon country fair is like a hippy renaissance fair. We went once and saw a bunch of musical acts, interesting people, and a lot of cool stuff to buy. (I didn’t buy anything 🙂 .) It’s an amazing time machine to the 60s. If you are in town on July 13-15, drop by and you won’t forget it.

Ashland Elizabethan theaterAshland – Ashland is in southern Oregon and it’s the home of the Oregon Shakespeare festival. We stayed at a B&B in town once and saw a show at the Elizabethan theater. I love this theater because it’s open air and had a great atmosphere. We got a standing ticket and I had a pint of beer while watching the show.  The theater is supposedly modeled after the Shakespeare’s Globe Theater in London and I like it a lot more than the usual indoor theater. This time we’ll stay at a Red Lion Hotel nearby.

Shasta – Will probably take a short pit stop over the Shasta pass. The view is really nice, but I don’t really know if there are any baby friendly places to visit here. Someday we’ll drop by the Shasta Caves.

After that we’ll push through to San Jose.

Have you driven from the Pacific Northwest to Northern California? Where are some other nice places to stop along I5? When we drove in the past, we always just blast through in one day and didn’t stop anywhere. We’ll take the coastal route on the way back.

photo credit – flickr jonmcalister


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  • Brent Pittman June 20, 2012, 8:59 am

    When you’re North of San Francisco stop in San Rafael at Sol Food- One of our favorites in bay area http://www.solfoodrestaurant.com/

    • retirebyforty June 20, 2012, 9:08 pm

      I’ll check it out, but it will probably be too early. I’m planning to leave at 3am so we can get to the camp site at a reasonable hour. The baby makes the drive much longer…

  • Roshawn @ Watson Inc June 20, 2012, 5:36 am

    I hope you had a wonderful Father’s day! I’m glad that you got to take some days away 🙂

    • retirebyforty June 20, 2012, 9:06 pm

      It’s great to see friends and family. Most of my old friends are in the Bay Area.

  • Daisy @ Add Vodka June 19, 2012, 7:27 am

    Have fun! That drive is so nice – I’ve never gotten past Oregon, though.

    • retirebyforty June 20, 2012, 9:05 pm

      I haven’t drove the coastal route in Washington either.

  • Matt June 19, 2012, 5:43 am

    A year ago a friend and I drove from Seattle down to San Diego via the Pacific Coast Highway, by far one of the best road trips I have ever been on. If you get a chance to get out to the coast I would recommend it. We stopped in Northern Cal for the Redwood forest which was amazing and then stopped in several towns on the way down. The coast is scattered with a lot of cool towns to stop in and if you like beer there are a lot of great breweries in these coastal towns. Depending on how much time you have to work with the Coastal Highway can take a bit longer then the instate expressway but in my opinion it is well worth it. The stretch from San Fran to L.A. is the most popular but I would actually recommend the stretch from the Oregon border to San Fran, less busy and a lot more towns to visit with the same great scenery.

    • retirebyforty June 20, 2012, 9:05 pm

      That’s a long way to drive. 🙂 I have driven the route, but not all in one trip. We are driving from SF to Coos Bay and that should be pretty nice.
      I drove that way a couple of times before, but with no baby. We’ll have to take it slow this time.

  • Buck Inspire June 18, 2012, 4:27 pm

    Safe and memorable road trip! Too bad you’re not making it all the way down to SoCal. Next time!

    • retirebyforty June 18, 2012, 11:19 pm

      We were planning to go to SoCal, but the drive is way too long for the little guy. Maybe next year. 🙂

  • SavvyFinancialLatina June 18, 2012, 3:17 pm

    Roadtrips are so much fun! Enjoy it!

    • retirebyforty June 18, 2012, 11:18 pm

      It was a long drive and baby didn’t enjoy parts of it, but we made it down. It’s great to see old friends and families.

  • Nick June 18, 2012, 2:54 pm

    Safe travels. A buddy and I drove from Boston to San Fran once – we left at 4am Friday morning and arrived at noon on Sunday! We didn’t even stop. Dumbest thing ever. Stop and enjoy whatever you can!

    • retirebyforty June 18, 2012, 11:18 pm

      That’s crazy!

  • Broke Professionals June 18, 2012, 12:43 pm

    My husband and I were considering a very similar trip for our fifth anniversary a few years back, but we opted to take a cruise instead (it involved less travel, if you can believe that!). I was absolutely enchanted by your picture of Ashland, though – that place is now on my must-see list (I’m a Shakespeare nut).

    • retirebyforty June 18, 2012, 11:17 pm

      Ashland was really nice. The main street has a small town feel and is very charming. You’ll love it!

  • jim June 18, 2012, 10:13 am

    The coastal trip on your way back should be nice. Once when I was a teenager we took a family trip and drove the coast from Northern California up along the Oregon coast. Thats a very scenic trip.

    • retirebyforty June 18, 2012, 11:16 pm

      I drove along the coast a few times and it’s always really nice. This time we’ll stop at a campground and stay in a yurt so it’s not such a long drive.

  • Michelle June 18, 2012, 9:02 am

    How long of a drive was this for the little one? We took our middle child on a 9-hour drive when he was 3 months old and it actually went really well….the way there. The way back? Totally different story! It was Hell! I hope you are having a much better time with your little one! Enjoy the west coast…we’d love to go there eventually. Definitely on my list! 🙂

    • retirebyforty June 18, 2012, 11:16 pm

      We stopped very often. He got really mad if he’s strapped in for over 90 minutes or so. We are here now, but I’m not looking forward to driving back…

  • Linda June 18, 2012, 8:13 am

    Oooo! I have to watch the comments in this post because I’ll be making this trip in reverse in late September! I’m flying from ORD to to SFO to take a road trip with a friend who lives in Santa Clara. We have reservations for two nights at the Crater Lake Lodge, and plan to spend a couple nights in Portland, but other than that we’re not quite sure what we want to do yet. She’s heard there is great rafting and trail riding in Mt. Shasta area, and I want to spend some time on the coast. How many days total are you allowing for the drive up the coast? Are you stopping overnight anywhere? I personally would rather spend more time on coast than in the mountains, but since I live so far from the ocean (and she lives only about an hour away from the coast) I think we’re going to have to compromise on this.

    • retirebyforty June 18, 2012, 11:14 pm

      We are only spending one night on the coast. We reserved a yurt at one of the campground. I always wanted to try this, but they are sold out very quickly. Rafting on the Mckenzie river near Eugene is really nice. You can try that. I haven’t spent much time near Shasta, but it looks great today. I’ll have to plan a trip there someday. Maybe rent a boathouse and get a group together. Let me know if you are in town. Maybe I can meet up or something.

  • Little House June 18, 2012, 7:11 am

    Enjoy your trip! I’m hoping to make it to Northern CA this summer to check out Davis and Sacramento (though my summer is filling up. 😉 )

    • retirebyforty June 18, 2012, 11:10 pm

      Hope you make it. We dropped by to see a friend in Sacramento. It was ok. 🙂

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