usual week in Hemet, CA, the stately date palms were fruiting.
We got our favorite spot.
Sea, hot springs, a couple of nights.
Then a most unsatisfactory place outside Yuma.
We won't be going back to Pilot Knob.
But the next two nights we were at our
favorite park south of town. We
even got to see a movie.
nights in QuartzFest
parked with Connie and Cal and Ellie
Pete. We were entertained in the
beautiful K-Star one evening, and ate out another.
Pete won a prize for having the
strongest radio signal.
was back to Desert Hot Springs, where Connie and Cal later joined
us. We all had a mall trip to Palm Springs
and hiked in Palm Canyon.
our way to LA. We never know where
we'll go next and whether there will be In-N-Outs there, so we
need to be alert.
RV park in La Canada-Flintridge is at the home of our old
Liz to the local barber for a long overdue haircut.
Marty had the day off for his birthday and graciously
escorted us around LA, first to his hospital and office, and then
heart of town.
at City Hall (remember "Dragnet"?) and Disney
Concert Hall, a
stunning Gehry building.
delicious lunch at the Santa Monica pier, Debby and Liz saw the
haunting photographic exhibit "Ashes and Snow" at the
Stan walked out the pier, and then we all walked down to Venice beach.
weather warmed up so we headed north. In Santa Cruz we stopped to see
friend Suzanne and meet her fiancee, Marc.
Boulder Creek we spent 3 nights with family at Kate
and Ralph's beautiful home hidden away in the woods.
nephew Ben, his fiancee Kim, and her dad Ron met us there for the Super
during which we consumed all the yummy naughty foods we usually
We enjoyed the hot tub with deer
watching us from the hillside.
nice to have space to cook in. The
house is a delight: check out this gorgeous kitchen!
night in civilization with friends Jerry and Joanne in Los Gatos, and
enough of cities and traffic. The
weather was holding up well, so we headed east for the national parks:
Yosemite, Kings Canyon & Sequoia.
drive across the San Joaquin valley was enhanced by miles of early
fruit trees, but the air was so thick that we could not see the Sierra
until we were quite close.
a camping spot outside Yosemite in Groveland and made our plans.
Fortunately the weather was fine, but
only a few roads were open to traffic.
There were hardly any tourists, so the experience was both very
pictures speak for themselves.
exiting, we stopped at an overlook and Stan discovered the power lines
were inducing frighteningly high voltages in their surroundings,
van! Measured over 750 Volts AC between Van and a water puddle.
another day of extremes. Extreme
roads, extreme altitude changes.
We were over 8000 ft, but also much lower near the beautiful
the difference between giant redwoods and sequoias (the sequoias have a
top and very different bark). At
the famous Sherman tree a huge limb had fallen, so we got up close and
with how the tree looks higher up.
feeling we had in these awesome groves
was not quite equalled
sight of this lone straggler.
we had a full moon at Calico after a long day driving across the
Then we returned for the third time to
Desert Hot Springs to say hail and farewell to Connie and Cal, who were
spending the whole month of February there.
caught up a bit, did some laundry and cleaning, and had one last
burger in Indio, and finally (after 64 days) left California (or, as we
come to call it, "CARifornia").
diverting to Gila Bend to see friends Ed and Hazel at the Goldwater AF
we decided to stay put for 5 days in Benson, AZ.
scenes from our domestic setup in the van:
attended our first calf-roping here in Benson.
|End of rope
over 3 months since we left home.
Plans now (as much as we ever plan anything) are Pancho Villa SP
Mexico/NM border, and then on into Texas.
Probably we'll spend a week in Brownsville before the end
well, we are healthy, happy, and comfortable. We
hope the winter is treating you kindly wherever you are.