Our crazy first two weeks in California
We have been busy since we left Oregon a few weeks ago! First, we headed south into California where our first festival of October was in Richmond. Richmond is a bay area city about 20 minutes outside of San Francisco that is located right above Oakland. People from all over the bay area travelled to Richmond for the tiny house festival which led it to being a successful and busy time showing off our home. Read more about our time at the Tiny Living Festival – California in our blog here.
After our festival ended, we parked our Cozy Roller at Anthony Chabbot National Forest for the night. Once we got our home situated in its new spot, we went and got some Dinner at the Grateful Dead’s bassist, Phil Lesh, owned and operated restaurant and bar, Terrapin Crossroads. This was a great way to celebrate our successful weekend and Rhett’s birthday which was the same day!
The next day we woke up early and took the B.A.R.T. train system to downtown San Francisco. We had a big day ahead of us since we were on such a tight time crunch to see all things San Francisco before we took off to San Luis Obispo. We got to explore some cool places while there including: Chinatown, Golden Gate Park, Haight-Ashbury, and Alcatraz.
By the time we made it back to our home that night in Anthony Chabbot National Forest, we were told that everyone must evacuate the park due to high winds and fire danger. This was pretty shocking considering it was already 10 pm and we had nowhere to park! Thankfully, we found Contra Costa County Fairgrounds that was about an hour or so away so we pulled our home there in hopes to find somewhere to sleep. The employees there were super welcoming and we ended up staying here for two nights. We also found out the next day that millions of people in Northern California and in the bay area were losing their due to high winds and fire prevention. We are glad we got out of the area when we did because I am sure driving a tiny home through all the traffic and chaos of the blackout would not be fun.
By the time the next weekend started to roll around we were very excited to have a “home base” for a few days. Living life on the road can get stressful when you don’t know where you are going to park your home for the night especially during a massive blackout. The bay area for sure was the most condensed and fast paced place that we have brought our tiny home to, so it was a nice, peaceful change being set up in a wide-open pasture in peaceful San Luis Obispo for a few days. The fest grounds were right in front of the famous California Central Coast landmark, the extravagant Madonna Inn which was really interesting. Overall, the Tiny Footprint Expo went well and we very impressed with the city of SLO – the downtown area reminded us a lot of Athens, Georgia where we used to live. Check back next week for another blog all about the Tiny Footprint Expo.
After our festival, we hooked our house up to our truck and headed for Fresno, California. We chose this location because it is where our next festival at the beginning of November is being held. After the hustle and bustle of driving through and adjusting to busy California, we are super excited to get some down time at our latest RV park located about 25 minutes outside of Fresno. We are also excited that we are within a few hours’ drive of not one but three National Parks: Yosemite, Sequoia, and Kings Canyon. We can’t wait to explore these natural wonders and end our West Coast tour on a high note at the Fresno Home and Garden show in a few weeks!