July Travel Round Up

This is our first summer in southern Oregon. The heat is intense with highs in the nineties, and we have only just begun. The first major wildfire of the season occurred last week and filled our valley with a layer of smoke, leading us to stay quarantined inside for the week and head to the mountains on the weekend.

July found us visiting family in the San Francisco Bay area. We were supposed to visit some of my family in Lake Tahoe, but my cousin’s apartment complex caught fire, and we were unable to go. Al went to an Eddie Izzard stand-up show in San Francisco with his family for his mom’s birthday. They all said it was a great time, and Izzard was hilarious. We didn’t get out much while we were visiting, but we did manage to get to a Peet’s Coffee (the closest one to us in Klamath Falls an hour and a half away), take the twins to some fun parks, eat some delicious poke (not available here), and spend quality time with my in-laws.

On the trip back to Ashland, we visited Muir Beach which we went to several years ago with our friends Nan and John. It is one of my favorite beaches in the North Bay. From there, we drove up to Napa and had amazing sandwiches at Live Fire Pizza at the Oxbow Public Market. The Oxbow Public Market in Napa is a great place to take kids because it is casual, has high chairs available, and has outdoor seating. I ordered the mortadella sandwich which was mortadella, stracciatella di bufala (a cheese from the southern Apulia region of Italy), salsa verde, and arugula. The fatty mortadella and creamy stracciatella were offset by the peppery arugula and acidity of the salsa verde. It was a magnificent sandwich. Al ordered the meatball sandwich which he said was fantastic; it was also Baby A approved.

After eating at Oxbow Market we headed up the highway toward Lake Berryessa skirting around the lake and eventually meeting with the five near Winters. I had never driven on that particular highway, and it was a fun one in our new Subaru Outback.

Closer to the end of the month, we visited Crescent City where we hung out on the cold beach (so refreshing) and ate decent clam chowder in a bread bowl. The final weekend in July we headed up to the Umpqua National Forest and hiked down to the picturesque Lemolo Falls.

DESTINATIONS VISITED

Muir Beach, California

The hills above Muir Beach.

The hills above Muir Beach.

Napa, California

Who needs wine when you can have this sandwich?

Who needs wine when you can have this sandwich?

Crescent City, California

Coast near Battery Point lighthouse in Crescent City, California. This is as north as NorCal gets.

Coast near Battery Point lighthouse in Crescent City, California. This is as north as NorCal gets.

Lemolo Falls, Oregon

Lemolo Falls is a stunning waterfall in the North Umpqua River Basin. This hike was a total slog back up, but it was worth it.

Lemolo Falls is a stunning waterfall in the North Umpqua River Basin. This hike was a total slog back up, but it was worth it.

HIGHLIGHTS

Visiting my in-laws and watching the girls play with their big cousins. Lemolo Falls is also up there.

WHAT I READ

I read the continuation of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series. The new author, whose name I can’t recall right now, is good, but the characters don’t feel as vivid, and the writing is lacking the detail and depth that I enjoyed in the original trilogy. I also read the entire Crazy Rich Asians trilogy by Kevin Kwan, which is a delightful beach read satire. I highly recommend it if you are looking for a light read to breeze through.

WHAT I WATCHED

We watched The Boys which is an extremely problematic super anti-hero show. I don’t want to get into too many details about it because it just came out, but it did have Karl Urban in it. I will watch Karl Urban read the phone book.

COMING UP IN AUGUST 2019

Going to be heading to a wedding in Placerville to do some catering.