My experiences and opinions of Cali were a little unexpected. This, I’m sure, was due to a number of factors, but mostly I think due to the time of year and the fact we were traveling in an RV.
There is one huge thing we’ve learnt while traveling in an RV at this time of year, and that is “winterizing” gets in the way of everything. Winterizing is basically the need to drain all the water from your tanks and replace it with antifreeze if the weather where you’re staying could potentially drop below 0°C i.e. freezing point. If you don’t winterize and the temperature drops below freezing then it can cause major (expensive) issues for your pipes and tanks apparently, so not really a risk we wanted to take. Winterizing can generally only be done at specific RV centers and apparently costs between $70-100 each time you winterize and un-winterize your vehicle (and obviously when your RV is winterized you can’t use the taps, which is a bit shit too).
So what has this got to do with CA? Well basically we had to change our original travel plans to avoid having to winterize, cos areas like Napa and Yosemite were dropping below zero at night. So we have made a goal to go back to Cali and spend a bit of time at these other places in summer when the weather is a bit more agreeable (potentially on our way back to Oz…)
Anyway, I still really loved the state despite all this. Just in different ways than I thought… Firstly, we pretty much didn’t even go anywhere worth mentioning in LA, cos we were in a rush to get our RV out on the open road and open road doesn’t really exist in LA. So my highlights of California were smaller places like Santa Cruz, Sonoma and Felton in the Henry Cowell Redwood Forest, which weren’t really on my original list of places to go at all. And probably my biggest disappointment? San Fran….