Tag Archives: 2013

Week 39: Summer Camp, Dates and a Movie, Oasis in the Desert (Dec 29, 2013 – Jan 4, 2014)

 Staying a couple weeks at an RV park just outside Palm Springs. What’s it like? If you had fun as a youngster at summer camp, you’d have fun here. Warm swimming pool, hot tub, daily billiard tournaments, evening card games, … Continue reading

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Week 38: Holiday Cheer and on to Palm Springs (Dec 22-28 2013)

   Leaving Santa Paula, we travel to Aunt Helen’s in Pasadena, and enjoy Christmas together. Aunt Helen is 96 now, and still plays a competitive game of cards (500 is her favorite).   JR is a master in the kitchen, … Continue reading

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Week 37: Stump the Avocado Experts, Chumash Cave Paintings, Sherry Faster than a Speeding Radar Gun (Dec 8-21 2013)

As we enter Southern California, we visit friends and relatives one more time before we turn our adventure eastward. But first, Sherry meets one of those “Nice Highway Patrol Officers” when he pulls her over for big-time speeding. She is … Continue reading

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Week 36: Our Christmas Letter to You

 Our Christmas Letter to you, as we celebrate the birth of Jesus. The Christmas season. The exact date of his birth debated, but irrelevant compared to the importance of the event. His birth separates time into BC and AD. His … Continue reading

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Week 35: Cousin Jennifer, Father Terry, and an Old Fashioned Christmas Parade (Dec 1-7, 2013)

We travel south in California, driving a winding, sometimes single lane road to cousin Jennifer’s home. I’m glad this is the season for good cheer because a long line of traffic follows patiently behind our trailer going up the steep grade! … Continue reading

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Week 34: San Francisco, Thanksgiving in Chinatown (Nov 24-30, 2013)

 Upon arriving in San Francisco, CA, we do trailer setup, then board BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) for easy travel in San Francisco area. Cities have their own personalities, and the people of San Francisco generate a terrific personality for … Continue reading

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Week 33: Our SUV thru a Redwood Tree? 50 Year Memory Solved, Special Birthday Treats (Nov 17-23, 2013)

 Along the Avenue of the Giants, and its beautiful redwood forests, is a redwood tree big enough to drive a car through. The tree was one of the original advertisements to bring tourists into the area in 1926.  Would our modern SUV … Continue reading

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Sea Lions Body Surfing, Tide Pools, and New Friends (Week 32: Nov 9-16, 2013)

 Imagine a dozen sea lions playing in eight-foot ocean waves. What fun they are having! Some try body surfing the waves. Others dive down as the waves break. Most roll with the waves, lying on their back or side, flipping … Continue reading

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Week 31: Nov 3-8, 2013 Psychedelic Mushrooms, UPS Drivers, Benny and the Bay City Rockers

 When in Tillamook, tour the Cheese Factory. Great cheese, fudge, and ice cream tastings. Yummmmm. Marionberry ice cream. Marionberry is a cross between a blackberry and a raspberry, grown only in Oregon. Mushrooms grow everywhere here in Oregon. Even these … Continue reading

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Week 30: Oct 27 – Nov 2, 2013 Magical Hoh Rain Forest, the Bowpicker, and Launching Gliders from Up High

   Getting to Point Flattery, the furthest north and west a person can be in the U.S., is a twisty, scenic drive, and very worth it. From a single vantage point we simultaneously see whales beginning their southerly migration, the … Continue reading

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

 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, … Continue reading

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

 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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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

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. … Continue reading

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

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. … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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

    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. At Lompoc River Park RV campground, the neighbors Tom, Rosie, and Kenny are quite the trio. … Continue reading

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

    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. … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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

Santa Paula airport hosts a “Must See” antique airplane show first Sunday every month. 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. Paul, designer … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

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

  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 … Continue reading

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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. This is netting week … Continue reading

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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.  Need groceries, so we stop at a grocery store we are not familiar with. As soon as we walked into Vallarta SuperMarket, … Continue reading

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

  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 … Continue reading

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

  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.) Since we started this … Continue reading

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

  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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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

  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 … Continue reading

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