California

Southbound Interstate 15 – Bad Roads for RVs

Interstate 15 - Bad Roads for RVs

Southbound Interstate 15 – Bad Roads for RVs – Sunday afternoon between Primm Nevada and Glen Helen California is a bad road for RVs. Since this is an Interstate Highway, there are at least two lanes and a slow lane on all the steep sections there are two steep sections. Typically the temperature is either …

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Campsite Review: Sweetwater Summit Campground

Campsite Review: Sweetwater Summit Campground

Campsite Review: Sweetwater Summit Campground a San Diego County Regional Park in Bonita California. It is a very nice campground. All campsites are in a small area south of Sweetwater Lake and spread out on a south-facing hillside near the California Highway 125 expressway (Tollroad). There are 112 sites on a sunny hillside in a …

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Campsite Review: Guajome Park Campground

Campsite Review: Guajome Park Campground

Campsite Review: Guajome Park Campground a San Diego County Regional Park in Oceanside California, on Mexico Land Grant named Rancho Guajome. This grant predates the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo and the creation of the state of California. Prior to the land grant, the park was part of the Mission San Luis Rey de Francia founded …

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Campsite Review: Seal Beach Campground

Campsite Review Seal Beach Campground

Campsite Review: Seal Beach Campground is a military-only campground located on the Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station California. It is an extremely nice campground. Ignore directions from Google maps and GPS units. These devices will take you a much longer way through the congestion of Seal Beach. From Interstate 405 exit on Seal Beach Boulevard …

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Campsite Review: Chiriaco Summit Campground

Campsite Review: Chiriaco Summit Campground

Campsite Review: Chiriaco Summit Campground is located north of Interstate 10 halfway between Palm Springs and the Arizona border. To get there take Interstate 10 east or west to Summit Road and turn north. As you are traveling north turn east on Chiriaco Road and you will observe the General Patton Museum parking lot on …

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Campsite Review: American Girl Mine “Campground”

Campsite Review: American Girl Mine "Campground"

Campsite Review: American Girl Mine “Campground” is near an evaporated town on the California side of the Colorado River on the border of near Arizona. In my understanding, it is not subject to BLM rules but rather is private property. My guess is that it may be abandoned property. Any remnant of the town of …

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California Dreaming

Sunset December Del Mar Beach Camp Pendleton

We are California dreaming, currently camped on the sand, right on the beach at Camp Pendleton. Sand, surf, and traffic.

Thanksgiving

View of Morro Rock, Morro Bay, California

Happy Thanksgiving Thanksgiving came late in the month this year. We haven’t waited to be thankful. Just like last year, this year has been wonderful. We are currently in a small Army National Guard Post, between San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay. Thankful for You The first and most important thing that we are thankful …

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Big Sur, Pebble Beach

Lone Monterey Cypress Tree Pebble Beach California

We were warned that Big Sur and Pebble Beach is not RV country and I don’t disagree, but given our drives, it is not as bad as I was led to believe. We have gone down many roads that are worse, especially in Oregon, where we shared the roads with fearless logging truck drivers. Highway …

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Monterey Bay

Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey California

Some places are so perfect that you don’t need to describe them. Monterey Bay is one of those places. I first visited Monterey in 1986 and was very impressed. I’ll relate more of the story about that visit in our next post. Even then the aquarium was first-rate. I have to say that it has …

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Redwoods to Grapes

Carson House in Eureka California

Eureka to Ukiah The distance between Eureka and Ukiah is about one hundred (twisty) miles. The route starts with redwoods and then goes to wine country and the vast fields of grapes. Ukiah is also 30 degrees warmer than Eureka.  Eureka is right on the coast, and when there is an onshore breeze, which is …

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Departing the Beach

Campsite View San Onofre California

Departing the beach. Solar panels on the roof, kayaks on the car… Be in Bonita for one more week, then we turn east for our longest route ever. Our objective for 2019 includes almost every cowboy state and most of the entire Oregon and California coast. Our stay at San Onofre was very nice and …

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San Onofre Sunset

San Diego California Campground Sunset

Our view at San Onofre at sunset was the best of the stay — So far. This is a great start for 2019. You can see our car and our RV and the great view of the lifeguard shack right in front of the RV. It may just be the location, but on this day, …

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Boise for Christmas

Sunset Pacific Ocean San Diego California

Why would we leave San Diego, where we have a great parking spot on San Diego Bay, overlooking the marina and sailboats and go to Boise for Christmas. The answer is family. Several of our friends have offered to come to house-sit for us, in our RV, seems like all of them are further north. …

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Quiet in Death Valley

Sunrise, Death Valley, California

Mesquite Springs It was quiet in Death Valley especially at our new campsite in Mesquite Springs. and beautiful. Eight days might be a little long. Each day provided new views and light shows with unexpected attractions. We saw the Milky Way span across the sky, identified Mars and Saturn without a telescope and counted at …

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Westgard Pass – Gilbert Summit, Bad Roads for RVs

Westgard Pass

Westgard Pass – Gilbert Summit is on California Highway 168 west of Big Pine California to Oasis California. This is a bad road for an RV. In Oasis Highway 168 connects to Nevada Highway 266. Westgard Pass connects to White Mountain Road and leads to Grandview Campground. Nevada Highway 266, south from Oasis is also …

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Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park, Jumbo Rocks Campground

A million-dollar view and we own it Joshua Tree National Park is a wonderland. We have no electricity, no water, no sewer, no cell phone coverage, and no computers. It sounds like the introduction theme to Gilligan’s Island.  We do have a view. Wow-what a view out our window.  You can’t buy such a view, …

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Campsite Review: Lake O’Neill Campground

Campsite Review: Lake O'Neill Campground

Campsite Review: Lake O’Neill Campground is on Camp Pendelton, on the north side of Lake O’Neill. This is a military-only campground. The full name is Lake O’Neill Recreation Park which includes the campground, lake, and other recreation facilities intended for use by military personnel. The nearest city with services is Oceanside. The campsite has 40 …

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Camping at Camp Pendleton,

Camping at Camp Camping at Camp Pendleton Sunset

Surfing on New Years Day in San Diego (Alas, we don’t surf) Camping at Camp Pendleton this December and January has been interesting. In mid-December, we moved north from our campground at Admiral Baker in Mission Valley San Diego to Lake O’Neill in Camp Pendleton (spared by the Lilac Fire).  Mission Valley was great but …

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Our first day

On our first day, as full-time RVers, we weren’t going to go very far. Towing the toad On our trip to Idaho, we towed our car. It hardly seemed worthwhile to hook and the car up for twelve miles on our first day, so instead, I drove the car behind the RV as Tami drove …

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Damage Control

This is our first-day damage control story. Wildfires With our hotel stay extended and our RV not in the direct path of the fire we are set for one more day. I got reservations starting on the next day, December 9th at a different military campground in San Diego named Admiral Baker thirty miles from …

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Gumby Style, be flexible

Gumby bendable toy graphic

Gumby Style means, be flexible. On our first day of RV living full-time, we are cancelled before our arrival at our first campground because of a wild fire.