Friends often ask “What’s it like being on the road 24×7?” Before we answer, they often add: “We did a three week vacation, traveling 5,000 miles, and were wore out!” My immediate thought is “Wow, I’d be wore out, too!”
Having recently entered into our third year living in a 24 foot travel trailer, staying anywhere from a couple nights to several months in one place, it’s a crazy lifestyle – that we love!
We intersperse highlight days with living as much “normalcy” as possible, worshiping at local churches wherever we go, seeking out fellow musicians to play music with, reading books, laughing a lot with friends, playing cards and other games, eating excellent meals that Sherry prepares in our kitchen, exercising, and exploring with curiosity everywhere we reside.
Yesterday we rode a bus to Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Park. I wish I had words to describe standing next to giant Sequoia trees, seeing 100 year old pictures of the same trees we are touching and breathing. That’s when I remembered why we gave up the beautiful house, the daily and weekly routines, and set out On Our Adventure.
Another question we often hear is “What’s the BEST place you’ve been?” Some questions have no answer, as in this question. It’s the people we meet more than just the places we see. At the Sequoia’s, we met a couple from India, guessing their age in the late 70’s. When he was a child, he saw pictures of the giant Sequoia trees. His life-long dream was to travel to America to see those amazing trees. He saved up and finally got to fulfill that dream. Then there’s the couple who runs 300 mile marathons (must finish in 10 days maximum or they get disqualified), and volunteer at the Park. Or the college-age people who are from Scotland and India, met in Egypt, and decided to meet-up in California and hike the Sequoia’s.
Toured the Taylor Guitar factory in Southern California. Bob Taylor, who founded the company in the 1970’s, helped the environment by changing the prevalent attitude about ebony in the music industry, thereby saving a small and disappearing piece of nature: The Ebony Trees of Africa. Go Bob!
Just west of the Salton Sea in California we experienced sand storms that are just like snowstorms in every respect, except sand instead of snow: High winds, reduced visibility, blowing across the road, drifts. Beautiful.
Last time we shared about the Nellie Mine Bar, located in the middle of nowhere. This time it’s Pappy and Harriett’s, a local honky tonk located 45 minutes outside of Palm Springs on a road to who knows where. No advertising. Gotta ask the locals to find it. The place was packed, band cranking out the tunes, and tasty food (especially the cheesy fries).
Ever since growing up in Southern California, Bob wanted to visit the LaBrea Tar Pits in Los Angeles. Finally did it! It is a top site in the world for finding fossils.
The California drought is severe, more for some than others apparently, as these pictures of a Palm Springs golf course compared to a nearly dry reservoir near Madera shows.
Looking for a high-end restaurant in Pasadena? The Eatery on Allen. The name and plain appearance are deceiving. Food is superb.
I’ve already written more than the time you probably have to read this, so I better stop. Thank you for joining us via these blogs On Our Adventure!