Week 29: Oct 20-26, 2013 Puget Sound, Canadian Friends, and Olympic National Park

View from campsite at Puget Sound, WA

View from campsite at Puget Sound, WA

 Slept until 10:00. Another foggy Washington morning. Stretched and exercised for 90 minutes. Ahhhh. Feels great! Wonderfully sore muscles.  We are now in upper Washington on Puget Sound. The morning fog here really is quite beautiful, amongst all the trees, birds, and the bay.

Halloween in Puget Sound, WA

Halloween in Puget Sound, WA

Halloween coming soon, everyone showing up for the Halloween celebration. It’s the biggest event in the RV park other than Fourth of July. Canadians showing up en masse, eh? Park will be full, scarecrows everywhere, people setting up decorations at their sites. Saturday will have costume and site judging, pumpkin carving, pancake breakfast, dinner, a lot of activities.

Friends at campfire

Friends at campfire

Evening brings more fun times at campfire with new Canadian friends Neilena and Ralph and their friends.

Alice, Lucy, and Bev

Alice, Lucy, and Bev

Lucy and Alice invite us to their place where we enjoy delicious apple pie.

Ron

Ron

Learn a lot about playing pool from Ron and Terry, who somehow tend to win.

Frustrated at how often our phone GPS provides directions that land us in who knows where, we purchase a Garmin GPS at Costco. What a difference! It’s like having someone with us who lives in the area their entire life, and knows every store and road.

Crossing Puget Sound from Coupeville to Port Townsend, WA

Crossing Puget Sound from Coupeville to Port Townsend, WA

On moving day the ferry from Coupeville to Port Townsend makes getting across the bay quick and easy. We park at the front of the ferry, sit in our car, and enjoy the view. As we arrive at Port Townsend, the charm of this town and its Victorian styling is quite apparent.

Mike at Conestoga Quarters RV Park

Mike at Conestoga Quarters RV Park

Off the ferry, drive to Conestoga Quarters RV Park in Port Angeles, WA. Owner Mike is very friendly and helpful.

Sherry at Olympic National Park, WA

Sherry at Olympic National Park, WA

After quickly setting up, we still have time to drive to the top of Hurricane Ridge in the Olympic National Park.  Gorgeous.

Bob at Olympic National Park, WA

Bob at Olympic National Park, WA

First sunshine we’ve seen in a week. Crisp mountain peaks with snow on them, marine layer clouds (fog) rolling up the canyons, clear blue skies, 46 degrees, 5250 feet elevation, and 17 miles of twisty paved road to get there. Concluding another wonderful week on our adventure.

Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park, WA

Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park, WA

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Week 28: Oct 13-19, 2013 Bentleys, Maltas Café, and Canada: We Made It! Eh?

2013-10-13 18.30.11 Vickie and Rick Davies and their 1956 Bentley in Clackamas OR In Clackamette Park outside Portland, we admire a beautiful white 1956 Bentley where bride and groom are having pictures taken. Rick and Vickie purchased the Bentley on eBay to start their limousine service for weddings, and the vehicle is perfect for them. People find amazing things on eBay.

Sherry and HUGE leaves in Monroe WA

Sherry and HUGE leaves in Monroe WA

Dinner together with Doug and Michelle and family

Dinner together with Doug and Michelle and family

Traveling north into Washington, we set up the trailer in Monroe, just outside of Seattle. Then visit long-time friends Michelle and Doug and their family, and Matt and Chris, friends from Boy Scouts.

Sherry and Matt

Sherry and Matt

Zy and Chris

Zy and Chris

Michelle takes us to Maltas Café – one of those great places where everybody eats. To find it, you have to ask the locals.

Michelle and Sherry

Michelle and Sherry

Whidby Island WA

Whidby Island WA

Riding the ferry to Whidby Island is an adventure to us “inlanders”. Sherry and I are all ooh and aah. Hiking on Whidby Island is like being in the enchanted forest. Old growth trees, large ferns, bushes, wide variety of mushrooms growing fanatically everywhere.

Entering Canada from USA

Entering Canada from USA

Anxious to reach Canada before extreme cold sets in, we travel north again quickly to a few miles from the Canadian border. Park the trailer, drive thru Canadian customs, get in the wrong lane and are “invited” by the border patrol to get out of the car and go inside for personal interviews. But, we made it! Extremely foggy.

Sherry and Bob in foggy Canada

Sherry and Bob in foggy Canada

Point Roberts is an hour drive inside of Canada but is part of the United States. Naturally, we need to check it out. Gorgeous place with a lot of history to it. Return to the States, having “seen” Canada. <grin>

Back into the US

Back into the US

Mike, James, and Chaundra

Mike, James, and Chaundra

Our traveling buddy Louie

Our traveling buddy Louie

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Week 27: Oct 6 – 12, 2013 Hissing Tire, Alaskan Halibut BBQ, Spruce Goose, Susan and Laela

 Helping people is so much fun! We pull into the Rest Area in Weed, OR. Hear hissing from the trailer next to us. Turns out to be a defective tire for Pat and Teresa. (What a God thing, parking us next to their trailer, and letting us hear a quiet hiss among all the other car and truck noises.) We see Pat and Teresa again at our RV Park and casino. Small world!

Seven Feathers RV Park in Canyonville OR

Seven Feathers RV Park in Canyonville OR

Upon arrival at Seven Feathers RV Resort in Canyonville, OR, we are amazed at this resort. Heated swimming pool, hot tub, workout room, shuttle service anywhere in town, flat concrete pads, wifi, cable tv, water, sewer, electric. We stay longer than planned.

The RV Park discounts the nightly fee when we get a free Players Card at the Casino, which we promptly get. We play a few slots, looking like we are tethered to the slot machines because the players cards have lanyards. We chuckle. Sherry wins a little at Black Jack, and I win a little at Craps. Time to head home after enjoying some Huckleberry ice cream at the casino. Back at the RV Park, we swap stories with other full time RVers while everyone soaks in the hot tub.

Gary and Rosemary at Seven Feathers RV Park in Canyonville OR

Gary and Rosemary at Seven Feathers RV Park in Canyonville OR

We help Gary and Rosemary unload stuff for their BBQ, and they invite us to join in their Alaskan halibut BBQ. Wow! Great food and more fun talking with Dave and Diana, and others from their Elks Club RV group.

The nights are getting cool, but we are toasty warm sleeping all night under our comfy down comforter. Enjoyed the sound of it raining last night while tucked in a warm bed.

Bob and Sherry in front of the Spruce Goose at Evergreen Aviation Museum in McMinnville OR

Bob and Sherry in front of the Spruce Goose at Evergreen Aviation Museum in McMinnville OR

The Evergreen Aviation Museum in McMinnville, OR, is excellent! Finally get my chance to see Howard Hughes’ Spruce Goose, plus a bunch of other antique aircraft that are all in flying condition. Volunteers Rosemary, Bob, and Mary Lou share some of their memories with us.

Rosemary sharing story at Evergreen Aviation Museum in McMinnville OR

Rosemary sharing story at Evergreen Aviation Museum in McMinnville OR

Rosemary tells us a wonderful story about a U.S. B-17 pilot whose plane was all shot up while over Germany during World War II, yet was guided toward the safety of England by a German pilot. Decades later the two pilots meet while independently telling the same story at a gathering of war veterans, remaining friends forever after. How amazing is that!

Laela and Bob

Laela and Bob

Laela is so cool. While visiting her, she shares about her travels to nine countries in Europe, visiting relatives living in Denmark from Mom’s side of our family. Delicious Thai dinner together. Our RV Park has no showers, and Laela lets us shower at her home, which is a whole lot nicer than showering in our trailer’s tiny shower stall. When Sherry and I first married, we lived in a house with no running water, and we used to carry clean clothes and soap with us all the time, showering at friends’ on a regular basis. Funny how we’ve come full circle!

Sherry, Bob, and Susan at Olive Garden

Sherry, Bob, and Susan at Olive Garden

Dinner at the Olive Garden with Susan is a wonderful time listening to her share from her childhood. Visiting siblings sure provides an insight into ourselves.

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Week 26: Sep 29 – Oct 5, 2013 Tree Shakings, Bethel Church, Sundial Bridge, and Shasta Dam

Shaking Walnut Trees

Shaking Walnut Trees

Just north of Sacramento, we experience our first tree shaker harvesting walnuts. The tractor grabs the trunk of the tree, shakes the daylights out of the tree, and down fall the walnuts to the ground, to be picked up later. What will we see next!

Sunset at Lake Minden in Nicolaus, CA

Sunset at Lake Minden in Nicolaus, CA

Evening card games host a full house of players including our new friends Harold, Dwayne and Sandi, Howie and Francis, Lou, and Ann. The gals win the first round, and we all have a wonderful time joking about most any topic including our individual religions, drinking, marijuana laws, and life in general.

Sherry at Sundial Bridge, Redding, CA

Sherry at Sundial Bridge, Redding, CA

Hwy 99 presents miles of walnut groves, and other fruit orchards on our way to Redding, CA, which has many wonderful things to experience. The Sundial Bridge is the landmark sculpture for the city, and is the largest sundial in the world. The geese and ducks are comical when they turn upside down searching for food in the Sacramento River.

Bethel Church in Redding, CA
Bethel Church in Redding, CA

 Bethel Church in Redding truly is a place of peace and serenity, healings and excellent teachings. Bike paths wind throughout the city.

 

Tom and Verna at Sundial Bridge in Redding, CA

Tom and Verna at Sundial Bridge in Redding, CA

A 32 mile bicycle ride thru the mountains with Tom and Verna from Seattle, in beautiful sunshine and temperatures provides new friendships with a great outing.

Bill at Shasta Dam in Redding, CA
Bill at Shasta Dam in Redding, CA

 

On the ride, meet Bill, 88 years of age, who walks several miles in the mountains each day. He shares about his grandparents living in a thriving town in the 1890’s, until filling up Shasta Lake put the town under water. Obviously, progress sometimes comes at a high price.

Bob and Shasta Dam in Redding, CA

Bob and Shasta Dam in Redding, CA

Cycling and driving to the Shasta Dam and Lake presents beautiful views, but the federal government is shutdown so we are not able to take a tour. (Will someone explain to me how the Federal Government saves any money by continuing to pay employees who are not working, still incur utilities and all the operating expenses, yet cuts off income by not allowing people to pay for tours and camping?)

Sandy and Shane
Sandy and Shane
Rod and Mary

Rod and Mary

New  friends Sandy and Shane on the left, Rod and Mary on the right.

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Week 25: Sep 22 – Sep 28, 2013 Traveling North through Paicines, Hiking the Bat Cave, and Eating Ice Cream

View of Morro Bay from inland

View of Morro Bay from inland

Some days are so windy our trailer shakes rattles and rolls, but Tuesday was calm and sunny so did a 66 mile bicycle ride from Cayucos to Paso Robles thru wine country and great views from inland toward Morro Bay.

Dennis, Sherry, and Bob relaxing in Paicines, CA

Dennis, Sherry, and Bob relaxing in Paicines, CA

 Mid-week we depart Cayucos, taking one of our rare long drives (5 hours) to Thousand Trails RV Campground in Paicines, CA. Big campground with lots of big trees. Found a site that is quiet, under huge trees for shade, near the rest rooms and lodge. No cell phone service, so we use the laptops to make phone calls using our Verizon wifi hotspot.

Roadside Fruit Stand outside Gilroy, CA

Roadside Fruit Stand outside Gilroy, CA

After shopping in Gilroy, the garlic capital of the world, we buy the sweetest strawberries and Italian tomatoes at a roadside stand. One The fruit and produce in California is delicious and inexpensive.

Sue, Dennis, and Sherry playing Hand and Foot Card Game

Sue, Dennis, and Sherry playing Hand and Foot Card Game

Hand and Foot is a popular card game on the road, and we play it frequently with other RVers. In the evenings, I typically play guitar while Sherry reads mystery/detective novels.  The RV park hosts an ice cream social on Saturdays, and we ate plenty of ice cream with Sue and Dennis, Ken and Kim, new friends we met while on the road.

Sherry exiting the Bat Cave in Pinnacles National Park, CA

Sherry exiting the Bat Cave in Pinnacles National Park, CA

Beverly and Jim in Pinnacles National Park, CA

Beverly and Jim in Pinnacles National Park, CA

Great day hiking thru the Bat Cave in Pinnacles National Park, meeting Beverly and Jim who are staying at the same RV park as we are.

2013-09-27 14.49.39 Bob and Sherry in Pinnacle National Park CA Realizing Fall weather may turn cold sooner than we might like, we decide to speedily reach Canada rather than taking our time. We have friends and relatives in both Oregon and Washington, so we coordinate our travels to visit them. After Canada, taking our time coming back down the coast is the plan.

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Week 24: Sep 15 – Sep 21, 2013 Helping People, Amazing Coastlines, and the Elephant Seals

Cayucos, CA

Cayucos, CA

As rains and flooding continue to impact our friends in Colorado, we are in sunny Cayucos, a quaint village along the central California coast. The drinking water is safe but nasty on pipes, so we use the 25 cent/gallon water refill stations for all our water.

 

 

Sherry holding ladder for Roxie at Shoreline Calvary Chapel, CA

Sherry holding ladder for Roxie at Shoreline Calvary Chapel, CA

  While walking thru Morro Bay we talk and pray with the pastor of a nearby church, and decide to attend. Turns out to be a great church service at Shoreline Calvary Chapel in Morro Bay with Pastor Jack preaching and Rob leading praise and worship. The following Saturday, we had a lot of fun helping the church with their cleanup and construction day.

 

San Simeon Coastline, CA

San Simeon Coastline, CA

Bicycling 45 miles along the coastline to San Simeon Pier and back allows time to ponder how creative and marvelous God is, how he created all this variety and beauty. At San Simeon pier, a gentleman carrying a white/red cane (indicating he is blind or nearly so) gets my attention when he walks over by himself and strikes up a conversation about my bike. Allen, it turns out, can sort of see about 20 feet, so he and his wife Ann ride recumbent bicycles (reclining styles), and he follows closely behind her. I’m in awe at the adventuresome nature of people we meet! Blind, yet bicycles on his own while following his wife.

 

Elephant Seals, San Simeon, CA

Elephant Seals, San Simeon, CA

After a good nap, Sherry and I drive back to a few miles beyond the pier to watch the Elephant Seals. Comical and interesting to watch them. So many! The seals seem to always be there.

 

Mike, Natalie, Bob, Sherry, and THE KEYS!

Mike, Natalie, Bob, Sherry, and THE KEYS!

As we start to leave the Elephant Seals, we notice the look on the man’s face next to our car of “OMG! I locked my keys in the car!” We’re on this adventure to meet people and help, so we stick around for an hour loaning our cell phone so he can get help, and getting them out of the chilling wind into our car. Turns out Mike and Natalie flew in from Canada to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary, and rented the car. Long story short, tow truck arrives, and gets the keys out of the trunk for them. Memorable anniversary!

Shoreline by Bixby Bridge, CA

Shoreline by Bixby Bridge, CA

Bob at Pebble Beach, CA

Bob at Pebble Beach, CA

Sherry south of Gorda Springs, CA

Sherry south of Gorda Springs, CA

Other days we walk on beach, play guitar, and play cards with neighbors Troy and Ada. One day we drive Hwy 1 along the coast thru Big Sur up to Monterey. Gorgeous cliffs next to the ocean. In Pebble Beach we drive the 17 mile drive that has all the golf courses, exquisite homes, and shoreline like nowhere else we’ve seen.  Usually the temperature is about 75 degrees. Today was 80, and seemed almost hot. We joke about how we best not tell our friends about how hot it is, when their temps are 90 and above!

Troy and Ada

Troy and Ada

Derek and Sylvia in Gorda , CA

Derek and Sylvia in Gorda , CA

Roxie and Pastor Jack at Shoreline Calvary Chapel, Morrow Bay, CA

Roxie and Pastor Jack at Shoreline Calvary Chapel, Morrow Bay, CA

Bonk! Ow my head! We joke about how sometimes our trailer is like living in a submarine. And it’s our home! Until next week when we travel northward some more…

 

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Week 23: Sep 8 – Sep 14, 2013 Homeless Trio Departs, Cayucos, and New Friends…

In Lompoc, the Homeless Trio departs. Sad. They were a lot of fun, and we became rather good friends while they were here. First time I’ve lived, dined, swapped stories with people who live full time outside. They came to the RV park with new tent and sleeping bags after theirs were confiscated at their normal park home in Santa Barbara. Certainly drugs and alcohol have wreaked havoc on their bodies and minds, but some had great upbringing which showed thru, and were more aware of current events and historical situations than many other people. We pray for them, and wish them the very best.

Sherry at New Hope Christian Church in Lompoc, CA

Sherry at New Hope Christian Church in Lompoc, CA

 

Super people at New Hope Church in Lompoc, and great BBQ!

Departing Lompoc, we stay one night at an RV park that turns out to be not much more than a fancy parking lot in Oceano, CA. We depart the next day, happy we did not make reservations for a week!

Bob at Grover State Beach, CA

Bob at Grover State Beach, CA

Visit Grover Beach. Wow! Miles long, sand soft as can be, people drive cars on the beach. Camping only $10/night. We walk on the beach for a few minutes, planning to return another day.

Great massage, which was advertised as a foot massage, but covered back, legs, feet, neck… Oooooh.

Cayucos, CA

Cayucos, CA

Travel a short distance (40 miles) from Oceano to Cayucos. Way better location. Quaint village in a bay. Lots of history, including their pier that dates back to 1877, and the town is raising funds to restore it. Stay here at least one week, maybe two if they have a cancellation. I’m told the July 4 celebration is a must.

Morro Bay Rock viewed across the Cayucos Pier

Morro Bay Rock viewed across the Cayucos Pier

 

Gorgeous beach stretching to Morro Bay, and the Morro Bay Rock.

Brown Buter Cookie Company in Cayucos, CA

Brown Buter Cookie Company in Cayucos, CA

Great cookies at the Brown Sugar Cookie Factory, 5 years in business, all cookies made by hand in the shop in the picture.

Save the Pier in Cayucos, CA

Save the Pier in Cayucos, CA

Make great new friends Troy and Ada. Such a wealth of knowledge. They remember jumping off the Cayucos Pier as kids. So they’ve been around a while. And they shared a highly recommended RV Park near the Salton Sea for the winter. Love their dog Butch.

 

Enjoyed wine and laughter with other neighbors Breck, Kathy and Gordon, and Rick.

Being on the road, meeting new friends, is so worth it. And the views from our front and back yards are priceless. Love this being on the road stuff.

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Week 22: Sep 1 – Sep 7, 2013 Lompoc, Beaches, Hearst’s Castle, and the Homeless Trio

 

 

View Bicycling on Santa Rosa Road in Lompoc, CA

View Bicycling on Santa Rosa Road in Lompoc, CA

Bicycle rides with Sherry are fast! Wow, she really pedals. Bicycle riding nearly every day. It’s nice to be out riding again. Some beautiful countryside.

Bob, Kenny, Rosie, and Tom at River Park RV Campground, Lompoc, CA

Bob, Kenny, Rosie, and Tom at River Park RV Campground, Lompoc, CA

At Lompoc River Park RV campground, the neighbors Tom, Rosie, and Kenny are quite the trio. Kenny is a great guitar player, and I have a lot of fun jamming with him. During the day they are the best of friends, talking intelligently about music and concerts. At night after drinking they yell and scream at each other. Tom finally calls 911. Ambulance takes Tom to the hospital. Kenny and Rosie are in no hurry to follow to the hospital, saying Tom does this several times a month, he just wants attention, and he will be released in a couple of hours. Next day, Tom is home. All good. I pray for them, that they will come to understand they are pawns in a spiritual warfare, and they are allowing the enemy to win.

Lompoc RV Park Pond

Lompoc RV Park Pond

Facebook isn’t quite the right format, and many people, I find out, do not use Facebook. Set up a blog site on WordPress, register OnOurAdventure.com domain name (surprisingly it was available), and begin blogging.

Sherry at Gaviota State Beach, Gaviota, CA

Sherry at Gaviota State Beach, Gaviota, CA

Plenty of beach time at Gaviota Beach and Guadalupe Beach, where a large fresh water lake sits adjacent to the salt water surf. A first for me!

Lots of Waves at Guadalupe State Beach, Guadalupe, CA

Lots of Waves at Guadalupe State Beach, Guadalupe, CA

 

 

 

Guadalupe Beach has a higher concentration of waves than we are used to seeing. 

 

Bob at Hearst's Castle, San Simeon, CA

Bob at Hearst’s Castle, San Simeon, CA

 

 

 

 

No trip to Central Coast California is complete without a visit to Hearst’s Castle, and we definitely take the tour. Impressive, both William and his father George, and all the vast wealth father George accumulated from mining operations, and the media empire William built. 

Sherry and Bob at Hearst's Castle, San Simeon, CA

Sherry and Bob at Hearst’s Castle, San Simeon, CA

Father George bought over a quarter million acres along the California coast during the 1800’s, much of which has been turned over to California to be taken care of as a museum, including the Hearst Castle.

 

 

Albert BBQ'ing for New Hope Church Fundraiser, Lompoc, CA

Albert BBQ’ing for New Hope Church Fundraiser, Lompoc, CA

New Hope Church is our local church in Lompoc, they host a BBQ on Saturday using BBQ’s we’ve seen nowhere else. Locals tell us the BBQ styles truly are a local design.

 

 

 

 

 

Sherry by bush in front of fire station in Lompoc, CA

Sherry by bush in front of fire station in Lompoc, CA

Lompoc has great respect for art and history. The local firestation is no exception, pruning bushes into shapes of firemen.  

Lompoc Fire Station #51

Lompoc Fire Station #51

 

 

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Week 21: Aug 25 – Aug 31, 2013 Lompoc, CA: Murals, Missile Launch, and Secluded Beach…

 

Sherry at River Park Campground, Lompoc, CA

Sherry at River Park Campground, Lompoc, CA

  Arrive at our next destination: River Park RV in Lompoc, CA. Very nice. Grass areas. Cool weather. Great neighbors Pasco and Barbara. Enjoy margaritas several evenings with them. Our first missile launch! 11:00 am from Vandenberg AFB in Lompoc.

 

Jalama Beach, CA

Jalama Beach, CA

   Getting to Jalama Beach involves driving 24 miles on a twisty dead-end road, but soooo worth it! Secluded, magnificent views, and I get to enjoy a romantic walk along the beach with Sherry.

Sherry at Jalama Beach, CA

Sherry at Jalama Beach, CA

  After we leave, everyone we met could not believe we did not eat a Jalama Burger while at the beach. They say the burgers are the best! So, be sure to enjoy a Jalama Burger when you’re there.

Mail delivery can be a challenge for people like us who are on the move all the time. Turns out the U.S. Postal Service has an answer: General Delivery! Mail is addressed to the local post office where we pick it up – without the expense or trouble of renting a mailbox short term.  The Post Office is going broke, but it sure provides some great services.

Mural in Lompoc, CA

Mural in Lompoc, CA

  Lompoc (pronounced lom-poke!) displays wonderful art and appreciation of history. Wandering around downtown, artists painted 33 beautiful murals on the sides of buildings. Lompoc museum displays wonderful history of the town and the archeology in the area.  

 

 

Lompoc Surf

Lompoc Surf

  More great bicycle rides with Sherry. Drove to Mike’s runs excellent bicycle shop in Newbury (npbikeshop.com) to get a few extra items for Sherry’s bike. Highly recommend him for your biking needs. 

Lompoc is a wonderful town. We are glad we are staying here, and will likely stay two full weeks here, and get past the Labor Day weekend camping rush.

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Week 20: Aug 18 – Aug 24, 2013 Solvang, Rancho Oso, Los Padres National Forest

Paradise Campground in Los Padres National Forest, CA

Paradise Campground in Los Padres National Forest, CA

Departed Soledad Canyon Campground, traveling to Paradise Campground in the Los Padres National Forest. Quickly met by William, camp host. A little too quick. Their management company has their own unpublished rules about payment methods that are not consistent with the National Forest accepted payment methods. It took some doing, but we were able to stay.

Paradise Campground in Los Padres National Forest, CA

Paradise Campground in Los Padres National Forest, CA

 

Bob and Sherry in Solvang, CA

Bob and Sherry in Solvang, CA

Nearby Solvang, the Danish community, is a “Must See”. Loved strolling the streets with Sherry, buying “stinky cheese” for Gene’s upcoming birthday. Mailed the cheese to Gene immediately in a triple layer of plastic and packaging. We crossed our fingers the cheese would arrive before the Post Office could smell it.

Fred and Barb at the campground are both Danish, and playing cards and dominos with them in the evenings is great fun.

AT&T cell service does not exist in this canyon because the fire in May burned down their tower! Our Verizon wifi hotspot has great reception, so we use Google Voice on our laptops to make phone calls.

Thousand Trails has an RV park named Rancho Oso nearby, but we are in our 7 day stay out period for camping. However, day use is not limited, so swimming, laundry, ice cream socials, and wine tasting attract us daily. Marketed as a great campground for horse people and their horses: Lots of corrals and horses on the property.

Fred and Dorothy live in Leisure World outside Ventura. Community of 9,000, everyone owns their own home, everyone over 55 yrs age, small annual fee to store RV/trailer, lots of activities, use golf carts everywhere at home to get around, small, quiet, private. They love it. Karen is full time RV’r from Florida who enjoys the wine tastings as much as we do!

Originally planning to stay two weeks, we depart after one week to get out of the dust and to a place with hookups and showers.

Paradise Campground in Los Padres National Forest, CA

Paradise Campground in Los Padres National Forest, CA

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Week 19: Aug 11 – Aug 17, 2013: Soledad Canyon, Swimming, Bicycling, and Pinochle

After ten great days at Frank and Debbie’s, we head toward Acton, stopping briefly at Camping World to have solar panel system installed on trailer. Alas! Power to keep our laptops and cell phones running (and so Bob can see playing cards at night. <grin>) While they install the solar, Sherry and I enjoy ice cream and massages. (Tough life, I know.)

Campsite at first (wrong) campground in Soledad Canyon, CA

Campsite at first (wrong) campground in Soledad Canyon, CA

Toward evening, and a long drive up Soledad Canyon, there is our campground! Office is closed, but we find an open site and set up. We entertain the neighbors, taking several frustrating attempts to get the trailer lined up, but finally get set up. Next morning we learn we are at the wrong campground. The campground we pre-paid for is 3 miles further up the canyon. Argggh.

Thousand Trails RV Park in Soledad Canyon, CA

Thousand Trails RV Park in Soledad Canyon, CA

Pack up the trailer, travel to the right campground. What a pleasant surprise! Lots of trees, swimming pools, lodges where people play cards, pool tables, and plenty of campsites. On top of that, by joining their Thousand Trails RV Club ($525/yr for basic membership) we get to stay for free! The basic membership gets us 30 days free camping per year, with additional nights costing $3/night. (Can stay 14 days, then need to be out 7 days.) Sweet deal! We thank God for how he blesses us. Naturally, we join.

Campsite at Thousand Trails RV Park in Soledad Canyon, CA

Campsite at Thousand Trails RV Park in Soledad Canyon, CA

Sherry soaking in the pool at Soledad Canyon Campground, CA

Sherry soaking in the pool at Soledad Canyon Campground, CA

The swimming pool is large and wonderful while soaking on the hot desert days.  We are on the edge of the Mojave Desert in August.  Admittedly, not the smartest decision we ever made.  Evenings cool down nicely.  Mornings we enjoy our bicycle rides.  Evenings are cards and pool at the Adult Lodge.  Sherry wins the local pinochle match on Friday night. Grand prize is a candy bar. The players are so serious! I’m glad everyone checked their guns at the door. <grin>

View while bicycling in Soledad Canyon, CA

View while bicycling in Soledad Canyon, CA

Sherry on her new road bike!

Sherry on her new road bike!

We begin to realize that Sherry would enjoy cycling more if her bike fit her better. We drive an hour to an excellent bicycle shop:   Newbury Park Bicycle Shop (www.npbikeshop.com).  Mike, the owner, is friendly, knowledgeable, and helped us  trade Sherry’s cruiser bike for a new road bike, which she enjoys immensely. Wow does she go fast!

Trains... Trains... Trains...

Trains… Trains… Trains…

Uh oh. Railroad tracks. Only 200 feet away from our campsite. Freight trains rumbling by at night, commuter trains during the day. Unnerving, but not forever.

 

Acton is such a friendly town. Even the grocery store people are a lot of fun. We have no internet access in the canyon, but the library lets us use their computers and internet for free.

Reducing our stuff even more by donating to fund raiser

Reducing our stuff even more by donating to fund raiser

Todd and Jennifer, who we met camping, are enthusiastic youth pastors at a church in Acton. (They are such cool people, and the reason we traveled inland to camp.) They are raising money, so we donate several items.  Youth are the future of this country. We hope everyone supports programs for our youth.

 

It’s time to head northwest to Los Padres National Forest.

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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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Week 17: July 28 – Aug 3, 2013 Other Travelers, Life Stories, Fender Guitar Factory, and New Friends

Mount Palomar General Store

Mount Palomar General Store

This week we meet several people who have been on the road, and they shared great stories of places they’ve seen, things they’ve done. We maintain our focus of meeting and getting to know wide variety of people, knowing we will also experience those places they share. Dave at the General Store, traveled 17,000 miles on his motorcycle from Florida. Shirley, 85 years young, shares buying a 3 speed bicycle and riding from San Diego to see Mount Palomar Observatory in her younger days, and the wild story of how she met her future husband. Sunday worship in the small church held in the Observatory Community Center was memorable. Met everyone, and they made us very welcome.

View biking in Cleveland National Forest toward Mount Palomar Observatory

View biking in Cleveland National Forest toward Mount Palomar Observatory

Sherry and I star gaze, picking out a constellation new to us. The week in Observatory Campground has flown by, and we decide to move to Dogwood Campground in San Beranardino National Forest.

Bob playing Fender Guitar in Factory

Bob playing Fender Guitar in Factory

On the way to Dogwood we pause long enough to tour the Fender Guitar factory in Corona, CA. I get to play some pretty cool guitars there.

Fender Guitar Factory, Corona, CA

Fender Guitar Factory, Corona, CA

Fender Guitar Factory, Corona, CA

Fender Guitar Factory, Corona, CA

Thought we would be close enough to visit Aunt Helen several times this week, but the drive up Waterman Canyon is long and steep, so we won’t be seeing her until we leave. The challenge of cell phone and internet access continues, and we use McDonald’s internet and power charging cell phones/laptops for several hours. We NEED to find a better solution!

Dogwood Campground in San Bernardino National Forest, CA

Dogwood Campground in San Bernardino National Forest, CA

While in Dogwood Campground, we discover the trailer has nearly run out of power. The trailer battery trickle charges while we drive, but we only drive a few hours between campgrounds, not enough to charge. We find other sites that have power (ours did not), but each site is available for only one night each before its next reservation. So we move every day to different sites. We REALLY have to find a solution.

Made great new friends Todd, Jennifer, Penny, and Summer when they were singing praise and worship one evening. They invite us to their church in Acton, and we take them up on their offer in a few weeks.

We talked with campers who use solar panels, and they are pleased with the results. Learning 130 watts solar panel is right for us, 2 deep cycle batteries, a controller to prevent overcharging, and voila! Won’t run any 120 volt appliances, but it will be enough to run LED lights, laptops, cell phones, wifi hotspot: You know, the essentials! <grin>

Showering in coin-op showers is always a new adventure. These showers, we have to press and hold REALLY HARD a button to keep the water running. I wonder how somebody with only one arm does this? Sherry and I shower together when we can, (Lot more fun that way! <grin>) and with both of us we have 4 arms to push the button. At least the showers are clean. No temperature control, so we take some really HOT showers, and skip the really cold showers. Ah, the fun of being on the road!

Palm trees planted circa 1958 by Bob's dad Wilbur at house Bob grew up in.

Palm trees planted circa 1958 by Bob’s dad Wilbur at house Bob grew up in.

  We leave Dogwood campground, stopping to take pictures of the house I grew up in in San Bernardino. The palm trees Dad planted nearly sixty years ago have grown from three foot tall to over 100 ft tall.

Visited with Aunt Helen, Pam, and JR, who always makes great dinners.

Travel to Frank and Debbie’s in Santa Paula. They live on an avocado orchard, and tell us it’s ok to stay for a few days. Santa Paula is a fascinating town with lots of history. Roy’s Rock is solid marble that continually moves on a tiny cushion of water. You gotta touch it to understand. And there’s the Morton Bay Fig Tree, old.

Roy's Rock in Santa Paula, CA

Roy’s Rock in Santa Paula, CA

Morton Bay Fig Tree in Santa Paula, CA

Morton Bay Fig Tree in Santa Paula, CA

Visited the Arboretum in San Bernardino National Forest, exploring its variety of trees. They even named a creek after Joe!

Joe's Creek at Heaps Peak Arboretum in San Bernardino National Forest, CA

Joe’s Creek at Heaps Peak Arboretum in San Bernardino National Forest, CA

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Week 16: July 21 – 27, 2013 It’s been Fun, but it’s Time to Move on…

 

Lower Chuparosa Vineyard

Lower Chuparosa Vineyard

Our weeks at Chuparosa Vineyard provide great memories.  The vineyard prepares to bottle the wine that has been aging in barrels for the last two years. Always plenty to do at The Vineyard. However, it’s time to move north. On Tuesday, we depart, making last minute adjustments to the trailer as we exit.

Observatory Campground, Cleveland National Forest, CA

Observatory Campground, Cleveland National Forest, CA

Destination is Observatory Campground in Cleveland National Forest, just a few miles from Mount Palomar Observatory. Beautiful area. Trees galore. Drinking water and showers, no electric, no other RV hookups. Almost nobody else in this campground of 42 sites. Gorgeous. 4500 ft elevation.

Sherry hiking to Mount Palomar Observatory

Sherry hiking to Mount Palomar Observatory

 

During the week we take hikes to the Observatory, enjoy bike rides on the steady 6% grade road between the Observatory and the General Store past our campground, and just soak it all in.

Bob finishes hike to Mount Palomar Observatory

Bob finishes hike to Mount Palomar Observatory

 

 

 

 

 

 

View biking in Cleveland National Forest toward Mount Palomar Observatory

View biking in Cleveland National Forest toward Mount Palomar Observatory

We brought numerous bottles of wine – and forgot the corkscrew again! Drat! Cell phones and Internet, which we have come to rely on, don’t work in the canyon, so we drive to a beautiful overlook of the valley floor to get reception, and plan our next week of camping. We charge the cell phones and laptops in the car. At the campground, we meet Eric, who is in a wheel chair. Eric is really into cycling, has raced in the Phillipines, and brought his hand powered bicycle along. It’s another wonderful week.

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Week 15: July 14 – 20, 2013 Vineyard Netting Time, Cinnamon Rolls, and Desserts…

This week we continue to enjoy friends and work at Andy and Carolyn’s Chuparosa Vineyard. Tim nicknames me “Shade Maker” because of how much shade I’m making by trimming up the oleander bushes and other trees.

Zinfandel veraison

Zinfandel veraison

This is netting week in the vineyard to prevent birds from eating the grapes as the grapes begin turning from green to purple due to increasing sugar content in the grapes. Called veraison. (see pic) Netting is a lot of work. Fortunately, Tim and Andy innovated machinery to make the job easier. Sherry and I tour the area.

Candied Apple Pastry Company in Julian, CA.

Candied Apple Pastry Company in Julian, CA.

The best cinnamon rolls are at the Candied Apple Pastry Company in Julian. (Their Triple Chocolate Brownies were a close second. Grin.)

 

Gregory Pacheco Memorial

Gregory Pacheco Memorial

On the way to Mount Palomar Observatory, stopped to give tribute to Gregory Pacheco, died as firefighter in 1999, fighting the LaJolla fire. (see pic)

Sherry at Mount Palomar

Sherry at Mount Palomar

 Toured Mount Palomar, which has helped us gaze deep into space since 1949. In addition to star gazing, we loved the view of the cedar tree looking up thru the center of it.

Look up the center of the cedar tree at Mount Palomar

Looking up the center of the cedar tree at Mount Palomar

Sherry wins a quick $25 at blackjack table at the Santa Ysabel Resort and Casino.

Pickup a delicious Crumb top apple pie at Julian Pie Company for dinner, and of course the best meat for dinner at Bisher’s in Ramona. Evening at The Point, plus a little Wii with Tim and Ellen finished off a very memorable week.

 

 

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Week 14: July 7 – 13, 2013 Fire in Wine Country! Food and Wine Tasting…

Wrapped up the weekend at Perris Skydiving Center, and return to Andy and Carolyn’s vineyard in Ramona, CA.

Vallarta Supermarket for Great Hispanic Foods!

Vallarta Supermarket for Great Hispanic Foods!

 Need groceries, so we stop at a grocery store we are not familiar with. As soon as we walked into Vallarta SuperMarket, we knew something was different. All Hispanic speaking, signs in Spanish, and foods from Mexico we don’t see in the grocery stores we typically frequent. Fascinating adventure shopping there. Bought a delicious, mild cheese that every woman in the store was in line to buy. Yummmmm.

 

Tim and Ellen relaxing after a tough day in the vineyard

Tim and Ellen relaxing after a tough day in the vineyard

The trailer has a few minor fixes that need done, so we take care of them. Wednesday nights in Ramona are a special treat, enjoying sushi with Sherry, Tim, Ellen, Andy, and Carolyn at Da Tuna Restaurant in Ramona. Afterwards, we join Tim and Ellen in their fifth wheel for a little Wii bowling and golf. That night we receive the only rain we get during our stay in Ramona. Continue enjoying great meats from Bisher’s butcher shop. Did I say Bisher’s has the BEST meats? Be sure to talk with Dan, one of the owners. 

Wine tasting with Marilyn, owner Hoof and Roses Vineyard

Wine tasting with Marilyn, owner Hoof and Roses Vineyard

Finish the week wine tasting with Carolyn, Tim, Ellen, Dave, Karen, Sherry. Started at Steve and Marilyn’s Hoof and Roses winery.

Fire in Ramona

Fire in Ramona

From Steve and Marilyn’s tasting room we watched the start of a 40 acre brush fire in Ramona. Ground crews and airplanes with fire retardant quickly put the fire out. Rather close, only a few miles away. Steve and Marilyn really appreciate all Carolyn has done for the vineyard industry.

Carolyn, Frank, and Sherry at Cardiano Winery

Carolyn, Frank, and Sherry at Cardiano Winery

Next wine tasting location is Cardiano winery. Met Frank, the owner’s son. Frank and his family really appreciate all Carolyn has done for the vineyard industry.

Carolyn and Mike at Kohill Vineyard

Carolyn and Mike at Kohill Vineyard

Next tasting at Mike Kohill winery. Mike and Carolyn are great friends.

Last tasting for today is at Beth and Victor’s winery. Beth is very appreciative of all Carolyn has done, and all the help Tim and Andy gave them last year. I’m impressed by everyone’s appreciation for what Carolyn has done in this wine industry in Ramona.

Back at The Point, Sherry and Ellen put together another impressive meal using small leftovers. Somehow they create a meal that feeds all of us in exquisite fashion. The way Sherry and Ellen pull together these great meals from very little makes me  feel like we are re-living Jesus and the 5000, feeding everyone with only seven loaves and fishes – and having food left over! It’s been another full week on our adventure.

Ellen and Sherry battling with the weed eater

Ellen and Sherry battling with the weed eater

Map and more pictures, visit www.tripline.net/OnOurAdventure

 

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Week 13: June 30 – July 6, 2013 Fun over the July 4th Holidays…

 

Sherry, Ellen, Carolyn, and Junebug enjoying a hot 104 degree day!

Sherry, Ellen, Carolyn, and Junebug enjoying a hot 104 degree day!

2013-07-05 09.59.24 Hawk Farm Pond in Murietta

Hawk Ranch in Murrieta

Carolyn’s birthday on Sunday. 104 degree heat. The gals soaked, wined, and dined all afternoon at The Point. Dennis and Erin brought his delicious smoked turkey for dinner.

The 4 day weekend July 4th, stayed near Perris at Hawk Ranch, a 40 acre ranch Ellen found online. Peaceful, manicured, wide variety of well behaved kittens, dogs, chickens, roosters, goats, peacocks, and other farm animals. Cindy, the owner, encourages us to eat as many of the peaches as we can. She has not been able to keep up with all the fruit trees. Delicious. Several skydivers shared the house with us. They were doing 4 days of complex skydiving formations, and the energy level was high.

Bob and Mark in Twin Otter at Perris Skydiving Center.

Bob and Mark in Twin Otter at Perris Skydiving Center.

Sherry enjoys providing massages to the skydivers at the drop zone. Enjoyed an evening with Mary, long time friend, and her neighbors. And Mary arranged for me to fly right seat in Twin Otter on one of the skydive loads. Was really cool!

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Week 12: June 23 – 29, 2013 Flying, Sleeping, Blessing, and Ocean Fun!

Dan and Sherry at Bisher's Meats in Ramona, CA

Dan and Sherry at Bisher’s Meats in Ramona, CA

 

Next time you are in Ramona, CA, be sure to visit Bisher’s Meat Market for the absolute best meats ever. Fourth generation family run business since the late 1800’s. (Pic is Sherry with owner Dan.)

Ahhhh. Finally a comfortable bed.

Ahhhh. Finally a comfortable bed.

Since we started this adventure, sleeping has been a challenge for me on a different bed. Long story short, we got our King size Sleep Number bed back, Tim helped retrofit the travel trailer to make the bed fit, and ooo wee doo! am I sleeping good again! (Sherry quietly admits she sleeps better, too.)

Bob flying right seat in PAX750

Bob flying right seat in PAX750

We went with Tim, Ellen, and Andy to a new skydiving center on the coast, and it was a hoot flying right seat in their Pax 750 plane.

Sherry provided massages to skydivers at Perris Skydiving Center.

An Amish family visited “our” local church in Ramona, sitting two rows in front of us. Fun observing their family interaction, with their papa definitely the leader on all things.

On laundromat day, blessed a mom and her son in the laundromat. She wore clean yet well worn clothing, tended well to her young son, and had a meek and mild spirit about her. Didn’t take the Holy Spirit much effort to impress upon us to bless her. She was leary when I asked if we could bless her by paying for her laundry, but she almost burst into tears when she realized there was no hidden agenda.

Bubble Maker at Oceanside, CA

Bubble Maker at Oceanside, CA

Sherry and I have more fun with Wayne and Cecile at Oceanside. Lots of surfers, wake boarders, fishing, tanning, bicyclists, playing in the surf, Marine Corp band, and huge bubble maker on the pier. Always plenty to do at the beach.

Bob, Wayne, Cecile, Sherry at Oceanside, CA

Bob, Wayne, Cecile, Sherry at Oceanside, CA

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Week 11: June 16 – 22, 2013 Massages, Wine Tasting, and Bottling Time Prep…

 

Sherry preparing for massages at Perris Valley Skydiving Center

Sherry preparing for massages at Perris Valley Skydiving Center

Sherry enjoys providing massages while we are traveling. Went to Perris Skydiving Center for a couple of days. Some of the skydivers really take advantage of the onsite massages.

Continue to enjoy Chuparosa Vineyard in Ramona, CA. Wine and great food with friends each night at The Point at the vineyard. Visited Milagro Winery.

Milagro Wine Tasting Room

Milagro Wine Tasting Room

 

 

 

 

 

Tim and Andy unload empty bottles in preparation for bottling time.

Tim and Andy unloading pallets of bottles

Tim and Andy unloading pallets of bottles

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Week 10: June 9 – 15, 2013 Ingenuity, great food, great wine!

ANTS! YIKES! Gazillion of them. I had set the trash bag under the table instead of outside to avoid ants finding the trash.      Tim and Andy custom make nearly all the equipment at Chuparosa Vineyard. They are quite ingenious in some of their engineering!

2013-06-10 17.34.11 Tim hunting a rat 2013-06-10 17.34.19 Andy building everything custom 2013-06-10 17.37.15 Andy at the Shop

Continue to enjoy dinner and wine tasting at The Point. And Bob provides a little music serenade one evening.

2013-06-10 18.50.31 Sherry bringing dinner to The Point 2013-06-14 20.21.54 Guitar Bob and party

     

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Week 9: June 2 – 8, 2013 Ocean, Cards, Songs, and Great Food!

2013-06-02 10.31.02 Bob Sherry Cecile Wayne at Laguna Beach CA

Sherry and I enjoy lots of laughs with Wayne and Cecile at Oceanside on Sunday.
Visited with local named Bal, saw the Whaling Wall (a parody on the name of the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem). Continued on to Aunt Helen’s home, staying with her until Saturday. Aunt Helen, 95 years young, is a lot of fun. Love being her partner in cards and she is really good at the game of 500! Skye sings beautiful, soulful lyrics. JR fingerpicks guitar skillfully while I strum along on chords. Skye and Sherry both love providing massages, and have some great talks together about massage. Helped around Helen’s home, fixing a few things here and there, but mostly socializing. 2013-06-06 19.10.32 JR Pam Helen Sherry at HelensWent to the Gallett bar to listen to Hunter and his band. Good and loud. Lot of fun dancing, watching “the kids” (they’re mostly in their 20’s and 30’s) having fun. Pam, JR, Sherry, and I went. Skye arrived separately. What a surprise when Joe showed up at Aunt Helen’s home! 2013-06-07 18.28.30 Bob Sherry Joe at HelensHe is on vacation with friends in California, and drove over to visit with everyone for the afternoon. Such a great young man. His arm is in a splint, and he’s getting it looked at. Drove the scenic route to the vineyard, stopping along the way to buy delicious fruit and avocadoes. Dinner at the vineyard was extra special: Thai! Srisuda cooked it all, and everything was delicious.

2013-06-08 20.48.33 Thai dinner best photo Ellen Sherry Tim Junebug Jack Carolyn Dora Mia

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Week 8: May 26 – June 1, 2013 Arizona first, then quick to The Vineyard…

Great time at Mike and Belinda’s. Visit their cabin in the mountains. Party at Dawn and Mark’s home, meeting his parents and family. On Tuesday we depart, heading to Andy and Carolyn’s vineyard in Ramona, CA. Arrive just in time to enjoy wine at The Point. 2013-05-28 19.45.36 Sherry Tim Andy Carolyn Ellen at the vineyard - first day Tim and Ellen also staying at the vineyard, in their fifth wheel. They are heading out on Thursday for a few days with their fifth wheel, returning on Tuesday. We reposition our trailer at the vineyard, 2013-05-31 09.46.19 Our trailer at the vineyard then leave trailer and drive to cousin Wayne and Cecile’s home for the weekend. Have a great time at San Juan Capistrano on Saturday with them. 2013-06-02 16.45.43 Cecile Wayne Sherry Bob at San Juan Capistrano CA

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Week 7: May 19 – 25, 2013 Countdown to “On the Road”…

Busy. Beginning to think we may not get done in time for closing on Thu May 23. Wow, how much stuff did we have, anyway! Glad so many people showed up to help move. Got our king size bed onto Mike and Belinda’s trailer to take to Casper, all other furniture has been picked up, house seems empty, but looks can be deceiving. Still clearing stuff out of garage as we go to closing. We drive away in the travel trailer after some final stopsImage after we finish closing on the house. The first night is at Bev and Gene’s. Then on to Arizona, caravaning with Mike and Belinda. Stayed just west of Albuquerque on Friday night at the Route 66 Casino. Woo Hoo! We are officially “on the road”!

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Week 6: May 12 – 18, 2013 Who has time time to move?

Garage sale on Sat. Cleared out most of remaining stuff, seems like. Rest of the week is normal busy schedule of work and socializing. How does anybody who works full time ever have time to move? Our travel trailer arrives!

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Week 5: May 5 – 11, 2013 Finding a Travel Trailer

Originally, Sherry and I were going to tent for the summer after the house sold. We started talking about the other stuff we plan to take. I’d like to take the bikes. Sherry would like to continue providing massages while on the road. And I’d like to take my guitar and amp. Suddenly, the car is overflowing, and it won’t hold it all. It’s been raining a lot. Sherry mentions it’s muddy outside, whether we are in a tent or not. Yes, a travel trailer makes good sense, so we start looking for a travel trailer. If we don’t find a travel trailer, we will buy a cargo trailer to haul the stuff, and continue to look for a travel trailer while on the road. We have a deadline of May 23 for house closing. We will be on the road right after closing.

We figured out what size travel trailer our GMC Yukon will tow. Look at a few travel trailers. Some of the floor plans won’t work at all for us. We learn a travel trailer queen bed is smaller than regular queen. Some beds are set up so I would need to wake Sherry up so she could get out of bed in the middle of the night so I can get up and use the bathroom. Not gonna happen!

On our way to take a second look at a travel trailer that fits budget and has an ok layout, we learn about a travel trailer that is for sale and not published. Sherry’s nephew Kerry learned about it from one of his customers. Checked it out, and made the deal. Very nice 24 foot travel trailer with an actual queen size (not travel trailer queen) bed. We can get it in a week after it’s been dewinterized.

God is amazing at how he is orchestrating this entire move. The trailer wasn’t advertised, totally word of mouth, is in excellent condition, great layout, and within our budget.

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Week 4: April 29 – May 4, 2013 The Stuff has Got to Go!

Sold and gave lots of stuff away at a garage sale yesterday. The entire 10 piece suite of Ethan Allen living room furniture sold to a neighbor’s daughter, on the condition we keep the furniture until after the inspection resolution deadline passes on the house contract. If the contract falls thru, we want the house still looking good inside.

This is way too easy. God really has plans for us, and needs to get us on our way. We have never been able to get rid of stuff this fast and easy before. Today is fun, and the thoughts of what God has in store for us in the future, the people He wants us to meet and bless, is really exciting!

Life continues with Sherry in Massage classes, Bob working out at Gold’s gym, playing guitar with Ernie and the Men’s 6:33 band. Men’s Advance in Estes Park is this weekend. Pastor Jonathan mentions Rez church is adopting Providence, LA, as a town to pray for and actively help. Poorest town in America. I wonder if Sherry and I will travel to Providence as the cold weather pushes us down from Maine and Vermont after we enjoy the Fall colors.

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Week 3: April 21 – 28, 2013 Under Contract!

Our 1,000 sq ft garage is packed with 30 years of pieces and parts from various projects. I’m embarrassed how many duplicates of stuff we have, and I was still buying the same parts because I did not realize we had them. Emailed friends that we are selling the garage stuff. A friend stops by and we make a one price for everything in the shelves deal. Great deal for him, and we will get rid of all those misc pieces and parts. The prospect of trying to sell all that stuff using garage sales was not a great thought to me. That evening Laura calls, lets us know we have 2 offers. After reviewing both, we accepted the best offer. Woo Hoo! 2 days on the market, 2 offers, and we close in 30 days! Sherry’s positive attitude was way better than my pessimism. Sherry and I are in awe. Two offers in two days? Closing in thirty days? What we did not realize at the time was this was just the beginning of an amazing story that God orchestrated. Let the journey begin. Praise God!

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Week 2: April 14 – 20, 2013 Staging our home…

Staging rep shows up at our home to give us ideas on how to make our home more desireable. Continue to work out at Gold’s Gym, and at Men’s 6:33, finally playing with the band while leading worship. Very exciting, helping lead men into God’s presence. Appraiser and photographer show up. Dawns on me that this is really happening, the house being for sale, and I need to get with the program. Start moving things out of the house into a single car garage we will use to store the few things, like tools and pictures, that we won’t get rid of. 4 showings scheduled for the weekend. The “fish bowl” experience begins. I realize our house is just the newby on the listings, and I don’t get my hopes up anything will come from these showings, however Sherry is much more positive.

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Week 1: April 7 – 13, 2013 Decision to sell…

Front of Home 2010

Front of Home 2010

  Sherry and I agree it’s time to sell our house.   Met with realtor friend Laura, contracted to list the house to sell. Thus begins the months and months of “living in a fish bowl”, meaning we need to keep our home looking like some dream others would want, be ready to leave for several hours at a time on a moment’s notice, and have it drag on and on while the lookie lou’s get ideas for their own homes. Obviously, I’m not excited about this upcoming process. I had no idea what a whirlwind of excitement our life was about to become.

View from Back Deck at Sunrise

View from Back Deck at Sunrise

House during Blizzard 2003

House during Blizzard 2003

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