Week 18: Aug 4 – Aug 10, 2013 Airshows, Egyptian Hieroglyphics, Guacamole and Margaritas!

Santa Paula Airport, CA

Santa Paula Airport, CA

Santa Paula airport hosts a “Must See” antique airplane show first Sunday every month.

Dale Donaldsen discussing his Victrola and antique radios

Dale Donaldsen discussing his Victrola and antique radios

Dale was repeatedly National Aerobatic Champion in the 1960’s, and gave us a personal tour of his excellent collection of antique radios and TV’s.

Zyborg Motorcycle Home

Zyborg Motorcycle Home

Paul, designer of the Zyborg motorcycle, has a great “man cave” of a hanger. Reg has posters of racing sidecars in Europe, and is a big Steve McQueen fan.

Stinson at Santa Paula Airport, CA

Stinson at Santa Paula Airport, CA

Of course all the antique airplanes in various stages of reconstruction were fun to look at.

At REI, Christene deciphers hieroglyphics on my T shirt from Egypt. Turns out it spells… Egypt! Oh the little things we have fun with, eh?

Plenty of margaritas and guacamole at Frank and Debbie’s! We all enjoy drinking a few beers, for variety, with Steve and his wife Debbie, who run the avocado orchard.

View while bicycle riding in Santa Paula, CA

View while bicycle riding in Santa Paula, CA

  Sherry and I enjoy bike rides up Wheeler Canyon and around Santa Paula. The weather is typically marine layer in the morning until 10:00, then clears up and is in the low 70’s rest of the day. It’s tough living in such a harsh environment… <grin>

Sherry and Frank at Channel Island National Park Visitor Center, CA

Sherry and Frank at Channel Island National Park Visitor Center, CA

Toured the Channel Island Parks visitor center. The Channel Islands have quite the history in this area. Boat rides are available to tour the islands themselves, but we declined. Frank helps us quite a bit fixing up our trailer.

Sherry and Debbie on a Hot Find while Geocaching

Sherry and Debbie on a Hot Find while Geocaching

Geocaching/hiking with Debbie in Point Mugu State Park. Walked more than 8 miles, and found about a dozen geocaches. The area had been severely burned in recent months, so many of the geocaches were melted. Great time! This was the first time geocaching for both Sherry and me.

Bob at Point Mugu hiking trail

Bob at Point Mugu hiking trail

Continue researching our path to travel. The US Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) have hundreds of campgrounds across the US, at very reasonable cost. In California, most USACE sites are in the Sierra Nevadas, and typically next to water. Often the campgrounds provide water and toilets, but no electric. That’s ok because next week we install solar panels onto our trailer. Woo Hoo!

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