Good morning RobKj
Thank you for your excellent advice and info, its very much appreciated!
SF bay appears to be a day trip as you advise, the size of the bay is breath taking, when i first saw it I immediately wanted to get on the water and explore it.
Tomales Bay looks awesome, another top tip form a local, Bodega Bay - wow! I want to live there!
Your description of cabins on Catalina is the type of accommodation I dream about, basic, surrounded by nature and preferably with good friends.
Your description of lower Sac river, that’s really good to know, I’ve been on too many rivers where all you see is flood embankments and nothing else, gets a bit boring, so another top tip.
Its appears the Sac river is the only place in Cali where you can canoe (open canoe) and wild (commando) camp, if i started at the dam above Chico, where you did, how far would 3 days/2 nights get us? are there any islands?
Tahoe - on my visit in 2018, a few people mentioned Tahoe as a place to visit, it looks stunning but lakes tend to not have many islands, the 6 mth deadline for camping reservations is a tough one, i tried booking campsites on the coast when we did the Big Sur and Yosemite, but man alive - everything was gone in less than 10 mins!
Do you have any tips on how to get a camping reservation? (when I tried I had 3 people on separate computers trying to get one place for me).
Thank you for the offer of Tahoe meet up, I’d be delighted to do that, my main problem is trying to do so much in so little time in California, its a wonderful place, not without its issues like anywhere else, but truely stunning in a jaw dropping kinda way.