in 29 Palms had a great hot tub, sauna, and huge pool.We were lucky to meet nice neighbors,
Ben and Darlene, who were starting out on their RV adventures.We've kept in touch and they're doing
fine in Texas now.
Hot Pools is a member of the outfit called Western Horizons (Stan calls
Western Harassment).They push you
to listen to their spiel and join their pricey club.Not our kind of place at all, too much attitude.
just a block away we found a place more our speed.We had excellent wireless access, and here we waited happily
for our mail to arrive (thanks, Brian and Vicki!).We're still eating the delicious cookies.
moon was rising as we drove north into the Mojave for a couple of days
Calico Ghost Town.We'd go back
seeing this part of the state, where the agriculture meets the
vineyards and citrus groves with oil pumps in their midst.More feedlots than we'd remembered.
Lompoc to Jalama Beach.Stan
immediately was accosted by another ham (they have a way of finding
gorgeous sunset ended our day. We saw
the former camp hosts and neighbors we had on our last stay here.Our days were extremely busy.
Amtrak crossing the trestle, and in the foreground note the tangles of
wire straddling the fence.
at night, the transformation!
Christmasy neighbor was a sad character.His wife stayed in their trailer except for one brief nonverbal
appearance.He was a lonely
soul.Right away he put up
decorations, and he was quite serious about them.He
explained to me that the buck, whose head moved side to
side, was "guarding the herd."The
doe, who appeared to be impaled on a fencepost, limply tried to raise
head.According to our neighbor,
she was "grazing."
hard to keep a straight face!However, when we left the day after the neighbors had gone, we
entire pathetic Christmas gear slung into the dumpster, boxes and all.We'll never know the story behind this
a wide open wireless, which although slow and sporadic, was our only
out.Forget about cell phone.
extremely high surf deterred most visitors, although the dolphins did
it at all.Our week was quiet and
relaxing.Our only complaint
(minor) was the showers, which ate quarters and gave out practically
to add to the fun, they were unheated
and unlit, and open only until dusk.
hate to leave Jalama?At least we
had a scenic route through Buellton and Solvang (much of this area used
shooting of the movie "Sideways").Maybe they're just tourist traps, but they are pretty.Solvang means "sun meadow" -- wonderful
rolled up at us as we came over the San Marcos pass
into the land of flowers, Santa Barbara.Had our first In-N-Out
burgers of the trip in Ventura and cruised
through LA for a night at Lake Perris in Riverside, close to March Field
Short Little Ugly Fella
A9 lost out to
First US Jet
Glen Ivy in Corona.Beautiful big
trees, live oaks.
nights we were off the beaten path near Escondido, so of course we had
to go to
the Wild Animal
great; people, not.Don't ever go
here during vacations or weekends.
were supposed to stay up and watch the ball drop (EST at least) but we
pooped out. We'd had enough of too
many people and cars, so we headed for the Anza-Borrego Desert.The wind howled and the rain did its best to
get at us while
it was drenching the Rose Bowl Parade.Liz wallowed in football.
Caliente County Park (and airport)
we met nice neighbors, Barbara and Lee, and their pet, Puff, an
Australian bearded lizard.The other
lizard fed the California Quail.The large hot tub was most welcome.
celebrated Stan's birthday by doing absolutely nothing.
Clemente is one of the few state parks with hookups. Serious surfers in
day we were fooled by both our navigation software AND the California
our bible.Beware of Route 241,
which looks like a nice shortcut from Mission Viejo to Corona.A hefty $5 toll for this, but it was
indeed a terrific road.We were
glad to be off I-5 with its 4-6 lanes whizzing along.
regional park for the night was pretty enough, with a lake and golf
etc., but it was adjacent to a stinky feedlot and the California
for Women.From there we went to
see the home of Lazy Daze, an
RV that Liz particularly likes.
In-N-Out burger we headed east
on I-10 to Hemet (our usual Golden Village Palms).It is particularly comfortable and
homey to us on our fifth stay.
here for the week 1/11-17 to enjoy the hot tubs and pools and dogs
of us enjoy them).About half of
the park is dog-free, so Liz can make friends with all the dogs she
Stan has become
interested in a new ham method called Olivia and his very first contact
with New Zealand!
weekend is wall-to-wall football, so the slightly chilly weather is OK
us.We even had rain late last night,
after another full moon.
we may hit some hot springs near the Salton Sea, and the following week
meet with our friends in Quartzsite, AZ.
both healthy and happy and having a great time and we hope our readers
enjoying the winter, wherever you are.