Wineries, Breweries & River Tubing in Russian River, California


I’m again.

I’ve had a two week break from our weekly weblog wrap and from Goldie (our RV) and we’re again tenting by a stunning river, the Russian River, 90 miles north of San Francisco.

I made a dedication once we left on this USA highway journey to write down a wrap up weblog submit every week sharing our highlights, classes and journey prices.

For 24 weeks I used to be constant – exhibiting up and getting it completed even once I didn’t need to.

All of the occasions I didn’t need to was due to laziness, which is not any excuse for not exhibiting up.

Nonetheless, for the time we spent in Yosemite Nationwide Park and San Francisco I made a decision to skip it.

I made the choice, not as a result of I used to be being lazy, however as a result of I knew I had reached my restrict and I used to be about to self-combust.

I used to be exhausted and had so many different priorities begging for consideration – out exploring Yosemite all day daily for four days, planning for Eight nights in San Francisco, looking for locations to retailer Goldie (our RV) and the Beast (our F250), managing an insane workload and publishing deadlines, and planning lodging for the Pacific Northwest by way of summer time.

It was an excessive amount of for me to manage!

Decrease Yosemite Falls

I hate breaking a dedication however I knew it was impacting on different extra necessary areas and my restrict was reached.

I felt it was okay to postpone these two weekly posts as we have been staying in lodges (so no RV way of life, which is the principle focus of the submit) and our weblog submit guides to Yosemite and San Francisco can be printed not lengthy after.

So the neighborhood wins anyway and I obtained time to make sure I don’t crumble.

The Bay Bridge in San Francisco

It’s okay to handle you.

It’s one thing I wrestle with as I solely sometimes function in fifth gear and I really feel like I can handle all the pieces.

Saying no is usually caring for all the pieces.

Are you aware while you’ve reached your limits? Are you courageous sufficient to say no?

I’m considering of how I can higher handle this wrap up submit because it does eat a variety of my time and I can’t get a lot of our particular journey vacation spot posts printed, our RV posts that can make it easier to embrace this way of life, many different unfinished tasks and social media is actually lagging.

So I feel for per week like this week, which was extra about leisure and never a lot doing, will probably be fast and simple.

For posts we’re I’ll be writing vacation spot content material on it anyway, I’ll skip or simply write a really condensed model with a couple of photographs.


This week 27 wrap up of our USA highway journey shares our adventures from Saturday to Friday.

I publish the posts on Sunday (I would like a couple of days to arrange it!) Extra in-depth posts on every area with a great deal of ideas and recommendations might be coming quickly.

You should definitely observe us on Instagram and Fb the place we share the present day-to-day journey

Issues we did in Russian River

Russian River is about 2 hours drive north of San Francisco and is in Sonoma County with Napa Valley about an hour away. You already know meaning a lot of wine!

We joined our pals after two weeks aside, so there was a lot of catch ups, video games of dominoes, and river tubing.

We additionally had a number of nearly full days to compensate for work which was so wanted and appreciated. I’m nonetheless massively snowed underneath however that’s the life we’ve chosen and our fixed day by day juggle.

Russian River

Do you surrender all of the play life and pleasure you get from expertise the moments of journey so you may get all of your work completed?

What when you benefit from the work although?

I commute between determining which one is extra necessary and the best way to create a life that displays this. I nonetheless don’t know the reply, however I’m beginning to lean extra in direction of, and dream about, a settled life.

One the place I can simply plan for brief journeys away, utterly immerse myself in that have, after which do all of the work once we return.

Rinse Repeat.

Kalyra splits her chin open

Off to the ER room we went this week.

On Monday night Kalyra fell off the hoverboard and break up open her chin, proper in the identical place she did it a couple of years in the past. Fortunately, she dealt with it very well, she stated it didn’t damage too dangerous, and he or she was a courageous warrior when she obtained the stitches put in. I felt like vomiting watching!!

She had 5 stitches and couldn’t swim for your complete time we have been at Russian River. We let her go down on the tubes the day earlier than she obtained the stitches out as we felt she would keep within the tube.

Two issues I discovered from this expertise:

  • How a lot am I meant to step in and cease her from doing harmful issues? I don’t prefer to helicopter dad or mum, however I additionally see the hazards of a hoverboard and wish her to remain off it. However is it any extra harmful than a motorcycle or skateboard which I’m okay along with her driving?
  • I hated how as a substitute of comforting Kalyra I needed to analysis to seek out out which hospitals within the close by area I might go to underneath our medical insurance coverage plan. After which ponder whether or not it was dangerous sufficient to go to the ER, as a result of we positive didn’t need to get a invoice into the hundreds. This completely sucks. Anyway our medical insurance coverage lined us on the closest hospital however I’m not sure what that invoice will appear like when it arrives within the mail. I’m going to spend a number of weeks making an attempt to grasp my plan so subsequent time I can consolation and go. Sure. You do want a number of weeks as a result of this technique is so darn difficult.

Tubing down the river

I felt like I used to be again in Asia this week, sitting within the scorching solar by the river and leaping on a tube to drift down it once I wanted to chill off. And funky off we did.

The water nonetheless holds a winter chill!

Russian River is so serene and is a spot I’d return to for summer time tenting breaks.

Russian River, California

Oh, and did I point out it’s HOT!!!

Lastly summer time attire and flip flops Simply in case you missed our updates from current travels, it was chilly in San Francisco and SNOWING in Yosemite!!!

Wine Tasting at Alexander Valley Vineyards

Bryanna organized a bunch wine tasting for us on the household pleasant Alexander Valley Vineyards.

It was a really nice couple of hours touring the cave (fifth largest in California) the place they preserve 8,000 of their wine barrels and sampling totally different wines on their deck.

Alexander Valley Vineyards

I preferred how we have been in a position to experiment with tasting: two of the identical wines housed in two totally different barrels (French and American Oak) and the distinction between a French bottle opened to air and one not.

Being a kid-friendly vineyard, the children obtained to pattern grape juice.

Wine tasting is the factor to do on this space. Keep in mind it may be costly and it’s uncommon to seek out free tasting.

Some can have free tasting for the decrease shelf wines. Discover a vineyard that waives the tasting charge if you are going to buy a bottle of wine. Alexander Valley does and expenses for his or her reserve tasting.

I additionally obtained to put on my new PrAna gown.

How beautiful is that this gown? I additionally obtained a brief model in a unique shade.

And Craig was carrying his new t-shirt and shorts recent off the rack from the PrAna retailer in San Francisco.

They’re the BEST for journey and outside journey. They’re an environmentally sustainable firm, their garments are tremendous comfy and final a very long time and are stunning.

We’re a part of their influencer group which supplies us a reduction on their garments. Most of my wardrobe is PrAna and I commonly purchase their garments.

Russian River Brewing Firm

So we’ve been listening to about Pliny the Elder now for a very long time. Apparently this is without doubt one of the greatest beers in your complete USA, together with Pliny the Youthful.

A lot in order that restricted provide is bought and when it’s, strains wrap across the streets and promote out rapidly.

After all we needed to go to the Russian River Brewing Firm in close by Santa Rosa to expertise it for ourselves.

Let’s say we walked out with a case – $60 for a 12 pack!! In US phrases that’s costly beer. I have to say it was fairly a scrumptious beer, completely easy, flavorful and at 8% alcohol content material completely buzzing.

I’d say this can be a California Bucket Checklist merchandise. You should definitely go to and do the Pliny Stroll.

RV and Journey Classes

  • I don’t like not having a cell dwelling when touring full-time. I loved staying in lodges in Yosemite and San Francisco because it suited the expertise fairly effectively. However the trouble of leaving the RV isn’t value it. There may be an excessive amount of to fret about by way of storing the RV, parking our automotive, and refrigeration.
  • Our solar energy failed so we returned to rotten meals in Goldie. Fortunately, we didn’t have quite a bit in it as we did our greatest to eat all of it earlier than we left. However there have been some issues we couldn’t so we’re hoping the photo voltaic would final because it was parked out within the scorching solar all day. Undecided why it didn’t however it didn’t.
  • A Thousand Trails membership could also be a great way to economize on RV tenting. We have been in a position to get a membership by way of Bryanna’s Thousand Trails membership. I’m undecided precisely how that works however a premium member has so many to provide to a private community. We paid round $500 for the yr. With that we get to remain in a Thousand Trails RV campsite for as much as two weeks without cost. It’s important to have a seven day break in between reserving once more. If not you’ll be able to ebook once more for less than four days. As most campground are between $45- $70 this will carry nice financial savings.
  • This week we stayed for per week on the Russian River Thousand Trails and have three different Thousand Path campsites booked for the following couple of months. We have been additionally in a position to retailer our journey trailer at one simply outdoors of San Francisco for simply $40 for the week. Which gave us nice financial savings.
Russian River
  • Sadly, our membership got here within the day after we left our Yosemite Thousand Trails campsite so we needed to pay for that in any other case it could have made it much more beneficial to us. So remember to manage yours forward of time. Hundreds Trails RV campgrounds aren’t in each state and facilities is probably not as nice as you discover in different parks. But when it saves you cash, why not? It’s one thing I probably would have checked out getting earlier than we left Raleigh if I spotted how a lot it could save us and I used to be a greater planner. You may study extra right here and get $100 off your membership. 
  • We discovered an superior grocery chain in Sonoma County – The Cut price Outlet. It’s unimaginable how low-cost it’s and I like the way it shares with you on the docket how a lot you’ve saved compared to one other grocery chain. Howdy $198 financial savings. Sure. That’s how less expensive it’s. I purchased in bulk!

And we discovered the BEST gluten free donuts ever at Dahlia & Sage Neighborhood Market in Cloverdale.

The place we stayed in Russian River

Russian River RV Campground

As talked about, this was a Thousand Trails RV campground by the river. We had energy and water, however no dump at website. There’s a dump station within the park nevertheless.

It was a really peaceable place to remain and surrounded by bushes and nature which was great. The workers have been very good too. I’d suggest it as a terrific place to remain.

You have a tendency to seek out a variety of households at Thousand Trails which is one more reason it’s good for households.

Distance Pushed

Journey Prices

Every week, I embody our journey associated prices for the week.

I don’t embody issues like enterprise prices, insurance coverage, and souvenirs and many others. That’s so private that no matter I advised you wouldn’t essentially be true for you and your funds.

The next, other than maybe our groceries, offers you an affordable estimate of prices associated to journey.

If you’re new to our weekly wrap, our prices every week are normally round $1,000 – $1,300. We’re actually making an attempt to remain underneath $1,000

Automobile Prices

  • Gas: $175
  • Parking: $ 7
  • Uber: $

Lodging Prices

  • Tenting: $0 (it could have been $420 with out the Thousand Trails membership)

Points of interest

  • Park Charges: $
  • Excursions: $
  • Tickets: $
  • Ideas: 


  • Eating places: $ 130
  • Espresso: $9
  • Groceries: $435
  • Take out/ snacks: $7.5

We eat a principally complete meals, natural food plan, which suggests our grocery payments are increased than what can be typical.

Don’t overlook with consuming out prices, tip might be included within the costs and the odd glass of wine or two.

RV Provides and Residing

  • Laundry: $10
  • Firewood: 
  • Propane: $
  • Provides: $
  • Dump: $
  • Postage: $

Whole paid by us: $773.50

The place to subsequent?

We’re headed for Northern California and the Redwoods.

We’ll be spending half the time at Ferndale on the coast, and the opposite half within the mountains close to the Oregon border and the Redwoods Nationwide Park.

Sadly, this implies leaving the warmth for cooler temperatures. I’ve given up on the thought of a summer time this yr. It will likely be our coldest and shortest summer time in about 5 years or extra.


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